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Advanced Graduate Certificate Program in
Human Resource Management

The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management program was designed to provide HR practitioners with the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions in management and policy. The program is offered in collaboration with the University's College of Business and articulates with its Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Eighteen of the 21 credits may also be used to fulfill requirements in either the Master of Science in Human Resource Management or Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program offered through the School of Professional Development. (Be advised that not all courses count for both programs. Students should compare the degree and certificate requirements prior to enrolling.)

Course of Study

This certificate program consists of seven 3-credit courses distributed among the areas listed below. For students who are currently matriculated in a master's degree program, the requirement is six 3-credit courses.

Required Courses - 6 credits

  • CES 516/MBA 533 Survey of Employee Relations
  • CES 515/MBA 532 Foundations of Human Resource Management (formerly: Survey of Human Resource Administration)

Area Courses - 15 credits
At least one course must be from each of the two main categories: Human Resource Administration and Employee Relations. Only one Elective course may be taken.

Human Resource Administration

  • CES 511/MBA 513 Human Relations in the Workplace
  • CES 526/MBA 526 Job Evaluation and Compensation Systems (prerequisite: CES 515 or CES 523)
  • CEX 537/MBA 537 Training and Development (formerly: Employee Training - Career Development)
  • CEX 538/MBA 538 Organizational Change Management (formerly: Organizational Change and Development) (prerequisite: CES 515 or CES 523)

Employee Relations

  • CES 514/MBA 514 Collective Bargaining in Public Sector (prerequisite: CES 515)
  • CES 519/MBA 519 Grievance Handling and Arbitration (prerequisite: CES 516)
  • CES 525/MBA 525 Employment Law (prerequisite: CES 516)
  • CEX 547/MBA 530 Employee Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management (formerly: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution)

Electives (only one elective may be used in this Advanced Graduate Certificate)

  • CES 513/MBA 531 New Developments in Human Resource Management (pre-requisite CES 515 or CES 523)
  • CES 517/MBA 527 Women in the Workplace (formerly: Women, Work and Dollars)
  • CES 521/MBA 520 History of Labor Relations
  • or, a graduate-level course approved by the program advisor

All certificate requirements must be completed within three (3) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student. NOTE: If the certificate program is taken in collaboration with a graduate degree program, then the student has five years for completion of the certificate.

NOTE: When a student is admitted or readmitted to an SPD degree or certificate program, students may petition SPD to have Stony Brook University graduate level courses that are older than five (5) years, and no older than 10 years, individually evaluated by the appropriate academic department/faculty to determine if the credits may be applied toward current SPD degree/certificate requirements. Grades in such courses must be "B" or better. (B- grades are ineligible for review.) For transfer credits from external institutions, please see guidelines at: (PDF).

How to Apply

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Statement of Student Responsibility
Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. (SPD’s non-matriculating [non-degree] graduate students [GSP] are responsible for adhering to the guidelines related to non-matriculated status.) All SPD students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and complying with University and SPD regulations, policies, and procedures, as described in all official publications, the University website, and the SPD website, including, but not limited to, SPD’s online references, the SPD Bulletin and SPD Academic Calendar.


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