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Human Resource Management

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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.


  • 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 (12 credits if also matriculated in the MS, MALS, MPS or MBA program)
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. Courses marked by "†" are no longer being scheduled or no longer apply to this program for students admitted in Fall 2014 or afterward.

Human Resource Administration

  • CES 510/MBA 510 Employee Benefits†
  • CES 511/MBA 513 Human Relations in the Workplace
  • CES 523/MBA 523 Human Resource Management Workshop†
  • CES 526/MBA 526 Job Evaluation and Compensation Systems (prerequisite: CES 515 or CES 523)
  • CEX 537/MBA 537 Employee Learning and 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 518/MBA 534 Contemporary Issues in Employee Relations†
  • CES 519/MBA 519 Grievance Handling and Arbitration (prerequisite: CES 516)
  • CES 524/MBA 524 Employee Negotiations Workshop†
  • 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)

  • CEI 585 Principles of Adult Learning†
  • CES 513/MBA 531 New Developments in Human Resource Management (pre-requisite CES 515 or CES 523)
  • CES 523/MBA 523 Human Resource Management Workshop*† (see note)
  • 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

Program Notes:

*For students matriculated on or before Fall 2013: Students may substitute CES 523/MBA 523 Human Resource Management Workshop for CES 515 Foundations of Human Resource Management.

†Course no longer fulfills program requirements for students admitted in Fall 2014 or afterward.

For students matriculated before Fall 2012: Students may use one of the following courses as an elective or for an area course with the approval of an academic advisor.

  • CER 506/MBA 506 - Leadership, Team Effectiveness and Communications
  • CER 537 Public Policy and Labor Markets
  • CEV 539 Working 9-5: Social Class and Culture in American Literature
  • CEX 523/MBA 509 Continuous Quality Improvement

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).


This program is being revised and is not currently accepting applications .

Gainful Employment Information

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