Graduate Certificate Programs

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The School of Management and Labor Relations offers individuals with bachelor’s degrees the opportunity to obtain the following graduate certificates: 

Each certificate program encompasses 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. 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.

How to Apply
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 either Labor and Employment Relations - Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate (NOD) or select Labor and Employment Relations - Certificate (NOD) for all other certificate programs. 

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. 

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 Identity and Discrimination at Work and in the U.S. Labor Market (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.

Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Negotiation

Do you want to help resolve conflict that you see in your workplace? This certificate can help you better understand the sources of conflict in all organizations, learn mediation techniques to reduce differences between individuals or groups, facilitate better group processes, use negotiation techniques to resolve and reduce conflict, and see how both nonunion and union workplaces deal with individuals who have grievances.

Start as a non-degree student in this graduate program either fully online or with a mix of online and in-person courses. All courses count toward SMLR’s Master's in Labor and Employment Relations should you choose to go on to earn a complete a graduate degree. 

This Conflict Resolution and Negotiation certificate consists of four graduate-level courses. 

There is one required course:

  • 38:578:515 Conflict & Conflict Resolution in the Workplace (SMLR)

AND three electives selected from courses the MLER program or other Rutgers partner programs:

  • 38:578:569 Mediation Processes and Techniques (SMLR)
  • 38:578:505 Negotiation (SMLR)
  • 38:578:508 Team and Group Process Facilitation (SMLR)
  • 17:194:518 Persuasion and Advocacy (SC&I)
  • 34:833:572 Negotiation, Law & Policy: Managing Conflict in Public Contexts (EJBSPP)
  • 01:070:328G Evolution, Cooperation & Conflict (SAS)
  • 22:620:617 Negotiations (RBS)

Leading Organizational Change Certificate

Earn the Graduate Certificate in Leading Organizational Change by completing the required courses and any two of a number of other elective courses, some of which are online, as indicated by an (*). 

Required courses include:

  • 38:578:543 Organizational Leadership & Change Management (3) [Required]
  • 38:578:544 Creating & Sustaining a Learning Organization (3) [Required]

AND two courses selected from a number of courses in the MLER program, the MHRM program, or other Rutgers partner programs. 

  • 38:578:504 Leadership in Work Organizations (MLER)* or 38:533:613:01 Selected Problems – Leadership (MHRM program) or 17:194:540 Organizational Leadership (SC&I).  Organizational Leadership is currently hybrid.
  • 38:578:605 Action Research (MLER)*, or 38:578:503 Problem Solving Tools at Work (MLER), or 38:578:604 Creating & Administering Surveys (MLER)
  • 38:533:610 Selected Problems – Internal Consulting Skills (MHRM)
  • 38:533:685 Strategic Organizational Change (MHRM)
  • 17:194:501 Topics: Communication and Organizational Change (SC&I)
  • 19:910:539 Community Organization (SSW)*.  This course is currently online.
  • 38:578:556 Organizational Design and Structure (MLER)
  • 38:578:510 The Inclusive Workplace* (MLER).  This course is currently online.
  • 38:578:515 Conflict Resolution in the Workplace (MLER)
  • 38:578:505 Negotiation (MLER)
  • 38:578:508 Team and Group Process Facilitation (MLER).  This course is currently hybrid.
  • 15:230:501 Leadership and Communication Skills Education Supervision (GSE)
  • 15:230:604 Organizational Theory in Education (GSE)
  • 15:230:609 Leading for Social Justice (GSE)
  • 15:507:530 Higher Education Leadership (GSE)
  • 34:833:572 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (EJBSPP)

Labor and Employment Relations Certificate

This certificate program in the general area of labor and employment relations involves successful completion of four graduate courses offered by the Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department. The courses must be selected in consultation with the Credit Director of the MLER program.

Public Sector Labor-Management Relations

This four-course certificate program helps students develop a broad perspective on public sector labor-management relations issues—involving teachers, Rutgers university employees, police officers, and other public employees.  As a student in this certificate program, you must take either Public Sector Employment Issues or Public Sector Collective Bargaining (or both). You can then select 2–3 additional classes from the following:

  • Grievance Arbitration
  • Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
  • Labor Law, Collective Bargaining
  • Employee Involvement and New Work Organization
  • Benefits and Social Insurance

Other corporations interested in providing a similar graduate certificate program to their employees should contact the dean's office of the School of Management and Labor Relations.