The School of Management and Labor Relations offers individuals with bachelor’s degrees the chance to obtain graduate certificates consisting of four graduate-level courses. 

Graduate certificate programs through the School of Management and Labor Relations involve a series of regular graduate courses. Credits can later be transferred to one of the master’s programs offered by the School of Management and Labor Relations.

For students currently in a Rutgers graduate program, a certificate offers the opportunity to add knowledge and practical skills in complementary areas to enrich your course of study.

Alumni of SMLR master’s programs can return to complete a certificate in a particular area as well. If they have already taken some of the coursework needed, they can earn a certificate by taking at least two additional courses in the appropriate area.

Graduate Certificate Programs

How to Apply

For current Rutgers graduate students:

Please contact Akhila Naik, Director of Student Services, Labor Studies and Employment Relations, for instructions and registration guidance. For students specifically interested in the Graduate Certificate in Strategic HRM, please contact Dave Ferio, Graduate Director, Human Resource Management Program. 

For students not currently enrolled at Rutgers:

To enroll in a graduate certificate program, you will need to complete a non-degree application for study through the Rutgers Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. To start the application process, click here or visit the Rutgers Graduate Admissions website and select “Apply Now” in the upper right corner of the page. The first step is to create an account by choosing a login ID and PIN. Once you have done so, you can work on your application, save it, and come back to finish it later.

Application Requirements

  • Statement of purpose (personal statement)
  • Official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Resume
  • $70 nonrefundable application fee

When completing the application for admission, you will need to select the program to which you are applying. Select from the following: Labor and Employment Relations (Certificate); Labor and Employment Relations - Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (Certificate); Labor and Employment Relations - Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace (Certificate)Labor and Employment Relations – Leading Organizational Change (Certificate); or Labor and Employment Relations – Public Sector Labor-Management Relations (Certificate). For the Graduate Certificate in Strategic HRM, Please contact Dave Ferio, Graduate Director, Human Resource Management Program, for assistance. 


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