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Choose the certificate or degree that's right for you!

Whether you're just starting out in the field of human resources or ready to advance your career, Penn State's renowned School of Labor and Employment Relations within the College of the Liberal Arts offers online certificates and degrees through Penn State World Campus that can help you gain the expertise you need to succeed.

Bachelor's 2021

Nationally Recognized

Ranked in the top ten for online bachelor's degrees by U.S. News & World Report.

Graduate Programs

Human Resources and Employment Relations (Master of Professional Studies)
Learn to factor human resources into the strategic plans of organizations. This comprehensive online degree program balances advanced theory with practical knowledge that can be used right away in your current HR position and as a foundation for future career growth.
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International Human Resources and Employment Relations (Graduate Certificate)
Explore differences in culture, policies, practices, and perspectives as they apply to human resources and employment relations within multinational organizations. The skills learned in this program can make you a valuable asset to companies competing in the increasingly global business landscape.
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Undergraduate Programs

Labor and Human Resources (Associate in Science)
Develop a practical skill set that is applicable to virtually any industry. This associate degree can build your knowledge of human resources, economics, law, sociology, and employment relations to help you excel in your current role or transition to a new career.
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Labor and Human Resources (Bachelor of Arts)
Build a solid foundation in human resources, labor, and employment relations while focusing on humanities and social sciences. This online degree program is designed for students who want to pursue careers in organizational culture, workforce diversity, labor relations, and other HR areas.
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Labor and Human Resources (Bachelor of Science)
Prepare for the quantitative aspects of a career in human resources with course electives in management, communications, and accounting. This degree can prepare you for work in staffing, recruitment, compensation, benefits, and other HR roles.
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Labor and Human Resources (Undergraduate Certificate)
Build a foundation in human resources — with a particular emphasis on course work that examines related policies, legal issues, and employment law — with this online certificate program in labor and human resources.
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Organizational Leadership (Bachelor of Arts)
Explore leadership in businesses and organizations from a humanistic perspective with this comprehensive curriculum. The course work in this online bachelor's degree program is focused on the social sciences and humanities.
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Organizational Leadership (Bachelor of Science)
Explore leadership from a social-scientific and operational perspective with this online organizational leadership bachelor's degree program and expand your leadership skills while broadening your professional horizons.
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What makes Penn State’s HR programs different?

  • Classes are asynchronous
  • Your diploma is the same as the one earned by those who study at a physical Penn State campus and it will not reflect that the program was offered online
  • Courses are taught by the same faculty as in residence from the highly accredited Penn State School of Labor and Employment Relations

We are Penn State Online

This is the real Penn State. You will take the same classes with the same curriculum developed by the same professors who teach courses at our brick and mortar campuses. You can expect the same caliber of academic quality that you associate with Penn State.