Graduate Certificates

The School of Management and Labor Relations offers individuals with bachelor’s degrees the chance to obtain graduate certificates. These 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.

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.


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 Seminar in Minorities and Work (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.

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

Disability Management

Currently only offered to employees of Prudential Insurance Corporation at their facilities—this graduate certificate is given for the successful completion of six graduate-level courses offered by SMLR. Courses are in the areas of:

  • Disability Management
  • Negotiation and Mediation
  • Employment Law
  • Staffing and Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Employee Involvement and New Work Organization
  • Labor Markets and the Workforce

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.

Instructions for Applying

Please review the Instructions for Applying document for additional information.