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. By choosing electives that lead to a certificate, you can have a “concentration” that you can put on your resume and a “certificate” that will appear on your transcript.

Certificate courses may include approved, select undergraduate courses taken for graduate credit after students are admitted to the program.  Students must earn a B or better for a course to count toward the certificate.

Graduate Certificate Programs

How to Apply

For current Rutgers graduate students:

Please contact Francis Ryan, Graduate Director, Labor and Employment Relations Program, 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:

Please contact Ann Marie Fiorella-Mullen, MLER Graduate Student Advisor, for assistance in applying for all certificates except Strategic HRM. Contact Dave Ferio, Graduate Director, Human Resource Management Program, for assistance in applying for the Strategic HRM certificate.

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, select the program to which you are applying. If you are unsure, please select the Labor and Employment Relations Certificate (unless you are specifically interested in the Strategic HRM certificate) – we can transfer you to the correct program after admission. 


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