Labor Studies & Employment Relations

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate

As our society becomes more diverse and our economy more global—how an organization draws upon the talents of every individual in the workplace is critical to its success. This Graduate Certificate Program is designed to give you the tools to help organizations successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities associated with an increasingly diverse workforce.

Schedule Courses around Your Lifestyle

  • Available in both online or in-class formats
  • Just four total courses to complete
  • Flexible course options, sequence, and scheduling

Build Your Skills and Qualifications

  • Develop your expertise in this critically important area
  • Strengthen your qualifications for current and future positions
  • Broaden your perspective on diversity and inclusion
  • Challenge yourself with high-level coursework
  • Enhance your appeal to corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations

Experience Academic Quality Second to None

  • Composed of master’s level courses taught by the top faculty in their fields
  • Featuring interactive discussions of real-world issues
  • Courses also count toward a Master of Labor and Employment Relations or a Master of Human Resource Management degree from Rutgers–New Brunswick

Choose from an Interesting Variety of Courses

Required courses include:

Employment Law – either:

  • 38:578:566 taken from the HRM Department (classroom; not open to non- degree students), or
  • 37:575:315 taken from the LSER Department (online or classroom),

AND one of two broad classes about diversity:

  • 38:578:510 The Inclusive Workplace (online), or
  • 38:578:551 Seminar in Minorities and Work (classroom)

AND any two classes from the following:

  • 38:578:541 Women and Work (online or classroom)
  • 38:578:526 Immigration, Public Policy and Worker Rights (classroom)
  • 37:575:365 Disability, Work and Society (classroom)
  • 38:578:511 Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace (online)
  • 37:575:316 Employment Discrimination Law (classroom)
  • 37:575:303 Black Workers in American Society (online or classroom)
  • 37:575:307 Latino Workers in the U.S. (online or classroom) 
  • 37:575:366 Asian American Workers in a Global Context (classroom)
  • Topics or other classes related to the content of this certificate with the approval of the program director
  • Independent Study related to Diversity and Inclusion

All students must have a bachelor’s degree to participate in this program. You will be classified as a graduate student by the university and if you enroll in an undergraduate course as part of this program, you must do so as a graduate student.  All courses with the numbering “37’575” are undergraduate courses.

If you seek to earn both a master’s degree and a certificate, you must fulfill all requirements in both programs and take at least two courses beyond the number required for your master’s degree.

For more information, contact Academic Program Director Paula Voos at or 848-932-1748