As our society becomes more diverse and our economy more global, organizations and society are faced with challenges regarding the inclusion of all individuals – both to be fair to them, and in order to fully utilize their talents.

The Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate Program is designed to give you the tools to help organizations successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities associated with an increasingly diverse workforce. 

Required courses:

  • Employment Law

AND one of three broad classes about diversity:

  • The Inclusive Workplace, or
  • Identity and Discrimination at Work and in the U.S. Labor Market, or
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the HR Professional

AND any two classes from the following or from the other classes above

  • Women and Work 
  • Immigration, Public Policy and Worker Rights 
  • Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace 
  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Black Workers in American Society 
  • Latino Workers in the U.S. 
  • 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

Graduate Students in Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) may count the following two courses from their program as electives:

  • 20:834:523  Human Resource Management, and
  • 20:834:507  Leadership and Diversity

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.

How to Apply

For current Rutgers graduate students:

For application related questions and registration guidance, please contact Ann Marie Fiorella-Mullen, MLER Graduate Student Advisor.

For students not currently enrolled at Rutgers:

For more information on the certificate program and options for your academic future, contact Professor Francis Ryan, MLER Program Director.  

If you wish to complete a Certificate on a fully online basis, please contact Professor Ryan before applying because special application instructions are required.

To apply to complete a certificate, on a mixed in-person and online basis, as a non-degree student, apply to Rutgers Graduate Admissions. Click here to begin an application for admission.

All students:

Once you begin your application and have questions, please contact Ann Marie Fiorella-Mullen, MLER Graduate Student Advisor.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a graduate certificate program cost?

Unless you are already enrolled in a graduate program at Rutgers, graduate certificate students are considered to be non-degree (NOD) students and therefore pay the "in state" or "out of state" tuition rate. The mode of instruction for these courses can be in-person, online, or hybrid and you can choose which type of course format works best for you. Please note that FAFSA loans are not permitted for study as a non-degree certificate student.  

The in-state tuition rate for 2023-2024 is $983.00 per credit or $2,949 per 3-credit course.*

The out of state tuition rate for 2023-2024 is $1,656.00 per credit or $4,968 per 3-credit course.*

* These rates do not include the mandatory fees or the required health insurance rates for international students. Please see tuition chart here for clarification and the breakdown of fees.

Can international students enroll in a graduate certificate program?

If the student is already on a H1 or F1 U.S. visa, approval from the Rutgers Global office is required to continue or pursue the non-degree graduate certificate program and some elements of the in-person mode of instruction are required. Students must take a minimum of 9 credits per semester or follow requirements for a reduced load when applicable in their final semester of study. This is designed only if the student has an approved visa that is transferable to Rutgers University.