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Why a Certificate in Public Sector Human Resources Management at Penn State?

The success of any organization is dependent on its ability to acquire and retain the right employees. The goal of the Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Human Resources Management is to prepare you for planning and coordinating a government's or not-for-profit organization's workforce and employee benefits in order to achieve long-term employment goals and plans. The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Human Resources Management, delivered through Penn State World Campus, allows professional practitioners who wish to advance their careers, or those who seek to make career changes, to complete the required course work in one year through the convenience of online courses.

Who Should Apply?

Penn State's Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Human Resources Management is designed for administrators and other professionals in government and not-for-profit organizations who need to acquire additional knowledge and skills in personnel/human resource management, labor relations, problem solving, planning, and management of organizational change and development.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Human resource personnel are required to think strategically while remaining unbiased and empathetic. The public sector human resources management graduate certificate can provide you with the skills you need to develop and manage the administrative functions of an organization. By successfully completing our certificate program, you can be better prepared to work in mid- and upper-level human resources or employment relations positions in the public sector.

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions. 

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.