Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate

Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate

The goal of this graduate certificate program is to prepare students to make managerial decisions that integrate HR strategies and practices with organizational strategy in order to improve business performance.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold either 1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (post-secondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. The successful applicant is generally expected to have a minimum combined junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.

Current Penn State Great Valley graduate students in all programs are also welcome to apply and enroll in this certificate.

Certificate Requirements

To be awarded the graduate certificate, students must successfully complete 15 credits of course work consisting of 3 required and 12 elective credits. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better and an overall GPA of 3.0.

 

Human Resource Management Certificate Courses
Required course (3 credits)
Course Required or Elective Current Offering Future Offering
MGMT 541 Human Resource Management* Required SP I SU I
Internal Consulting
Elective courses (Choose one – 3 credits)
Course Required or Elective Current Offering Future Offering
ACCTG 524 Managerial Accounting** Elective    
BUSAD 523 Prices and Markets Elective SP I SU I
BUSAD 578 Managing Business Processes Elective SP I  
HRER 516 Labor Market Analysis*** Elective    
HRER 816 Labor Market Analysis*** Elective    
Organizational Development & Change
Elective courses (Choose one – 3 credits)
Course Required or Elective Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD/LEAD 519 Developing Creative High Performance Organizations Elective    
BUSAD 545 Negotiation Strategies Elective   SU II
BUSAD/LEAD 555 Full Range Leadership Development Elective SP II  
BUSAD 558 Knowledge Management Elective    
LEAD 562 Strategic Leadership Elective   SU II
MGMT 501 Behavioral Science in Business Elective SP I SU I
MGMT 523 Organizational Change Theory and Practice Elective SP II  
Current Topics in Human Resources
Elective courses (Choose one – 3 credits)
Course Required or Elective Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD 542 Global Intercultural Management Elective    
BUSAD/LEAD 556 Diversity Leadership Elective SP I SU I
HRER 800 International and Comparative Employment Relations*** Elective    
Current Topics in Human Resources
Elective courses (Choose one – 3 credits)
Course Required or Elective Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD 534 Ethical Dimensions of Management in the Biotechnology and Health Industry Elective SP II  
BUSAD 551 Business, Ethics and Society Elective SP I SU I
BUSAD 559 Career Management Elective    
BUSAD 802 Cornerstone of Sustainability Elective    
BUSAD 809 Triple Bottom Line Accounting Elective SP II  
HRER 501 Labor and Employment Law*** Elective    
MGMT 507 Positive Organization Behavior and Wellbeing Elective SP I  

* Students who already have completed a graduate-level course that provides a comprehensive overview of the HR function in organizations and an in-depth examination of the strategic planning and implementation of HRM, as determined in advance by the head of the certificate program, may be permitted to waive this course if completed within five years prior to admission.  

** These courses have prerequisites or require demonstration of prior preparation in a subject area. Please contact the management division at Penn State Great Valley prior to registering for these courses.

*** HRER courses are offered through the School of Labor and Employment Relations

Penn State's schedule of courses lists course availability. Although the course numbers, times, and availability on the University registrar's schedule of courses is correct, their prerequisites differ. 

Download: Human Resource Management Certificate Plan of Study

If you are a current certificate student and have completed all the coursework, please submit the Graduate Certificate Completion Form.