Human Resources and Employment Relations Foundations Graduate Credit Certificate

Human Resources and Employment Relations Foundations Graduate Credit Certificate

The HRER Foundations certificate program is designed for professionals who desire further education in the specialized field of Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER). The certificate program provides flexibility for working professionals and advanced knowledge in the rapidly changing field of HRER in many areas, including dispute management and resolution, workplace diversity, work and family, trends in human resources, and technology and the workplace.

Courses taken in the certificate program may be applied toward a master’s degree in HRER, subject to restrictions outlined in GCAC-309 Transfer Credit. Certificate students who wish to have certificate courses applied towards a graduate degree in HRER must apply and be admitted to that degree program. Admission to the HRER graduate degree program is a separate step and is not guaranteed.

Admission to the Certificate Program

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

  • Applicants with a 3.00 junior/senior grade-point average (on a 4.00 scale) will be considered for admission. Exceptions to the minimum grade-point average may be made at the discretion of the program for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests;
  • All applicants submit a Graduate School application (including payment of the nonrefundable application fee), resume, and personal statement addressing their reasons for pursuing a certificate in HRER Foundations;
  • The resume and personal statement are waived if a student is currently enrolled in the MHRER or MS HRER degree programs.


Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better and a grade-point average of 3.0 to be awarded the certificate.

Required Courses

HRER 501

Labor and Employment Law


or HRER 810

Labor and Employment Law

HRER 505

Seminar in Human Resources


HRER 504

Seminar in Employment Relations


HRER 502

Human Behavior at Work


or HRER 802

Human Behavior and Organizational Performance

Total Credits



Students pay the regular per credit charge for graduate study at Penn State – see the most current tuition schedule.


Erin Hetzel
Education Program Assistant
Phone: 814-867-4167

Trisha Everhart
Assistant Director of Online Programs
Phone: 814-865-0747