People Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Graduate Credit Certificate Program

People Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Graduate Credit Certificate Program

In the era of digital transformation and data-driven decision-making, Human Resource professionals play a critical role in shaping organizational success. This 9-credit Graduate Certificate in People Analytics and Artificial Intelligence empowers HR practitioners with cutting-edge skills to harness the power of data and artificial intelligence for more effective talent management and strategic HR decision-making.

​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 people analytics and artificial intelligence.
  • ​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

Course Code Course Name Credits
HRER 512 Research Methods and Analytics in Human Resources and Employment Relations 3
HRER 825 Strategic Business Tools for HRER Professionals 3
HRER 870 Human Resource & Employee Relations in the Age of Artificial Intelligence 3
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