human resource professional
Graduate Certificate in
Public Sector Human Resources Management


The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Human Resources Management provides you with great flexibility to complete your course work at times and places most convenient for you, combined with a highly relevant, comprehensive curriculum taught by faculty with world-class expertise. You can obtain this online graduate certificate in one year.

The certificate program in public sector human resources management requires taking four online courses (12 credits), including two required and two elective courses.

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • 3

    Concepts and approaches contributing to effective use of human resources in public and nonprofit organizations; legal issues and requirements.

  • 3

    Examination of concepts of human behavior in formal organizations, systems analysis, conceptual models, and decision processes.

Electives (select 6 credits)

With the approval by the certificate coordinator, students could also choose other HR-related Penn State graduate-level courses as elective courses for this certificate.

  • 3

    Theory of organizational change and development; case analysis of applications in actual situations.

    • Prerequisite

      HADM 510 or PADM 510

  • 3

    A survey of strategic planning purposes, approaches and methods, and expected outcomes in small and large organizations.

Course Availability

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