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.

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

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.