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), Labor and Employment Relations – Public Sector Labor-Management Relations 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, 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. 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:

  • Employment Law

AND one of two broad classes about diversity:

  • The Inclusive Workplace, or
  • Identity and Discrimination at Work and in the U.S. Labor Market

AND any two classes from the following:

  • Women and Work 
  • Immigration, Public Policy and Worker Rights 
  • Disability, Work and Society
  • 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

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.

Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Certificate

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. The Rutgers school offering the course is in parentheses.


  • Conflict & Conflict Resolution in the Workplace (SMLR)

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

  • Mediation Processes and Techniques (SMLR)
  • Team and Group Process Facilitation (SMLR)
  • Negotiation (SMLR)
  • Persuasion and Advocacy (SC&I)
  • Negotiation, Law & Policy: Managing Conflict in Public Contexts (EJBSPP)
  • Evolution, Cooperation & Conflict (SAS Anthropology)
  • 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 (*). The SMLR program (MLER or MHRM) or Rutgers school offering the course is in parentheses. 

Required courses include:

  • Organizational Leadership & Change Management* (MLER)
  • Creating & Sustaining a Learning Organization

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

  • Leadership in Work Organizations (MLER)* or Selected Problems – Leadership (MHRM) or Organizational Leadership (SC&I)
  • Problem Solving Tools at Work* (MLER) or Creating & Administering Surveys* (MLER)
  • Selected Problems – Internal Consulting Skills (MHRM)
  • Strategic Organizational Change (MHRM)
  • Topics: Communication and Organizational Change (SC&I)
  • Community Organization (SSW)*
  • Organizational Design and Structure (MLER)
  • The Inclusive Workplace* (MLER)  
  • Conflict Resolution in the Workplace (MLER)
  • Negotiation* (MLER)
  • Team and Group Process Facilitation (MLER)
  • Leadership and Communication Skills Education Supervision (GSE)
  • Organizational Theory in Education (GSE) 
  • Leading for Social Justice (GSE)
  • Higher Education Leadership (GSE)
  • 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:

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

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.