​Talent Management Graduate Credit Certificate

​Talent Management Graduate Credit Certificate

The 9-credit graduate certificate in Talent Management is designed to prepare HR professionals, managers, and leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to attract, develop, reward, and retain top talent, thereby driving organizational success.

​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.​

Admissions 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 talent management; 
  • ​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 505 Seminar in Human Resources 3
Choose 6 credits from the following: 6
HRER 824 Total Rewards
HRER 527 Talent Development and Change Management
or HRER 827 Talent Development
HRER 526 Managing Talent Flow
or HRER 826 Talent Management
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