Strategic Human Resources and Workplace Ethics Graduate Credit Certificate

Strategic Human Resources and Workplace Ethics Graduate Credit Certificate

This 9-credit program is designed to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in HR leadership roles by focusing on the strategic aspects of HR management and the ethical considerations that underpin this critical function.​

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 Requirements

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 strategic human resources and workplace ethics;
  • 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 CodeCourse NameCredits
HRER 512Research Methods and Analytics in Human Resources and Employment Relations3
HRER 825Strategic Business Tools for HRER Professionals3
Choose 3 credits from the following list.3
LHR 499Foreign Studies 
HRER 500Topics in Comparative Industrial Relations 
HRER 503Seminar in International Human Resources Studies 
HRER 803Human Resources in Multinational Enterprises 
HRER 865Diversity and Ethics in the Workplace 
Total Credits9


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