International Human Resources and Employment Relations Graduate Credit Certificate

International Human Resources and Employment Relations Graduate Credit Certificate

This 9-credit program is designed to provide HR and ER practitioners and those interested in global business practices with a comprehensive understanding of the law, policy, and best practices necessary to effectively manage global human resources, employment relations, and labor relations responsibilities.

​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 international human resources and employment relations;
  • The resume and personal statement are waived if a student is 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

Course Code Course Name Credits
HRER 803 Human Resources in Multinational Enterprises 3
or HRER 503 Seminar in International Human Resources Studies
HRER 801 Comparative and International Employment and Labor Law 3
or LGWR 510 International Labor Law
LHR 403 International Human Resource Studies 3
or LHR 400 Comparative Employment Relations Systems
Total Credits 9


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