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Graduate Certificate Programs

Our Graduate Certificate Programs allow students to take a series of graduate-level courses without matriculating in the full master's degree program. They can be taken independently or in conjunction with another master's degree program such a nursing, MPA or MBA.

Our Graduate certificate Programs serve the needs of students who hold or aspire to labor relations or human resource positions in labor, business, or government organizations. Additionally, students who do not work directly in these fields, but hold positions requiring knowledge of labor relations or human resources, will also find these programs helpful. For application informtion, please go to our admissions page or see the Step-by-Step Application Procedure.

See also: Special Graduate Certificate Application Instructions for MPA or MBA Students

  • Admission
  • Labor Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Requirements

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to either certificate program, applicants must show evidence of ability to do graduate level course work.  This ability is generally demonstrated by:

  1. Undergraduate Degree, and
  2. Professional experience

Applicants are required to complete the standard graduate school application, complete with undergraduate transcripts and 2 letters of recommendation.  It is recommended that applicants include a  professional resume.  To apply, go to: www.uri.edu/gsadmis. Note: You only have to pay a graduate application fee once. If you pay the fee when applying for a certificate program, you will not be assessed a fee if you later apply for the MS program. If you are a student in another graduate program at URI (i.e., MBA, MPA, Nursing) and paid an application when applying for that program, you do not have to pay an application fee for the certificate program application. Special Fee Notice

Graduate Certificate Program in Labor Relations

The Graduate Certificate Program in Labor Relations serves the needs of students who hold or aspire to a labor relations position with labor, business, or government organizations.  

Select four courses from these Labor Relations Courses- Other courses may be considered based the students' academic and professional objectives

LRS 432 Work, Employment and Society
Explores the workplace and employment relations from a sociological perspective.  Topics include work systems, worker alienation and organizations, occupational identity, and the impacts of immigration, feminization, and globalization on the workplace.
LRS 500
MBA 571
Labor Relations and Human Resources
Introduction to labor relations and human resources, including employment practices in unionized and non-union organizations; also issues related to data sources and research methodology. 
LRS 503
PSC 503
Problems in Public Personnel Administration
Human resource issues addressed in context of changing product and labor markets, including relationship between human resource policies; the economic, social, and political environment; and firm’s strategic objectives.
LRS 520 Developments in Worker Representation 
Structure, functions, responsibilities and programs of unions and union leadership. Emphasis on policies and decision making. Evaluation of labor and management performance. Consideration of administrative problems associated with growth of white collar unions.
LRS 521
PSC 521
Comparative Labor Relations Systems
Comparative labor and industrial relations systems, including union, management, and government functions and roles; also the functions of international organizations in labor relations.
LRS 526
ECN 526
Economics of Labor Markets
The theory of labor-market behavior, and application of theory for public-policy analysis in areas such as discrimination, unemployment and education
LRS 531 Employment Law
Analysis of legislation protecting worker health, employment, income security; including OSHA, workers’ compensation, equal opportunity, fair labor standards. Walsh-Healy and Davis-Bacon, pension funds, unemployment compensation, and social security.
LRS 532  Seminar in Employment Law
Advanced seminar to review and evaluate current issues and changing trends in selected aspects of employment law
LRS 533 Pensions, Health Care, and Employee Benefit Programs
An analysis of employee assistance plans (EAPs), health fringe benefits, and pension plans and their negotiation within both private and public sectors.
LRS 541 Labor Relations Law
Legal framework for private and public sector collective bargaining. Regulation of activities with emphasis on individual rights, collective rights, and policy considerations of Federal and State courts, the NLRB, and State Labor Boards in determining society’s rights. Case studies.
LRS 542 Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining
Collective bargaining literature, theories, and practice. Emphasis on the institutional features of bargaining in both public and private sectors as well techniques and dynamics of the bargaining process
LRS 543 Public Sector Labor Relations
Public sector (state, municipal, federal, police, fire, K-12 education, and higher education) collective bargaining theory, practice, and legal foundations. Comprehensive case studies.
LRS 544

Colloquium in Worker History
Selected topics in American worker history with an emphasis on the most recent literature in the field. Offered Fall semester.

LRS 545 Arbitration & Mediation of Labor & Employment Disputes
Students prepare, present, and analyze labor and employment arbitration/mediations. The course also covers interest arbitration, and innovative methods for resolving disputes.
LRS 546 Negotiations & Alternative Dispute Resolution
Examination of the interpersonal dynamics of negotiations and conflict resolution processes, including interest-based or collaborative bargaining in a variety of contexts; e.g. labor relations, community, environmental, divorce, racial commercial.

Graduate Certificate Program in Human Resources

The Graduate Certificate Program in Human Resources serves the needs of students who hold or aspire to a human resource positions with labor, business, or government organizations. 

Select four courses from these Human Resources Courses- Other courses may be considered based the students' academic and professional objectives

LRS 500
MBA 571
Labor Relations and Human Resources
Introduction to labor relations and human resources, including employment practices in unionized and non-union organizations; also issues related to data sources and research methodology. 
LRS 526
ECN 526
Economics of Labor Markets
The theory of labor-market behavior, and application of theory for public-policy analysis in areas such as discrimination, unemployment and education
LRS 531 Employment Law
Analysis of legislation protecting worker health, employment, income security; including OSHA, workers’ compensation, equal opportunity, fair labor standards. Walsh-Healy and Davis-Bacon, pension funds, unemployment compensation, and social security.
LRS 532  Seminar in Employment Law
Advanced seminar to review and evaluate current issues and changing trends in selected aspects of employment law
LRS 533 Pensions, Health Care, and Employee Benefit Programs
An analysis of employee assistance plans (EAPs), health fringe benefits, and pension plans and their negotiation within both private and public sectors.
LRS 551
MBA 572
Human Resource Strategy
Human resource issues addressed in context of changing product and labor markets, including relationship between human resource policies; the economic, social, and political environment; and firm’s strategic objectives
LRS 541 Labor Relations Law
Legal framework for private and public sector collective bargaining. Regulation of activities with emphasis on individual rights, collective rights, and policy considerations of Federal and State courts, the NLRB, and State Labor Boards in determining society’s rights. Case studies.
LRS 542 Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining
Collective bargaining literature, theories, and practice. Emphasis on the institutional features of bargaining in both public and private sectors as well techniques and dynamics of the bargaining process
MBA 502 Organizational Behavior
Examination of the theory, research, and practice of organizational behavior in work settings, focusing on individual differences, communications, group dynamics, motivation, and leadership in the workplace.
LRS 573
MBA 573
Staffing Organizations
Introduction to the staffing process from scientific, legal, administrative, and strategic perspectives. Covers workforce planning, strategic staffing, job analysis, recruitment, selection testing, interviewing, and making final hiring decisions. Pre: MBA 502 or LRS 500 or MBA 571.
MBA 577 Compensation Administration
Compensation and performance appraisal systems. Theory and techniques used to determine job worth. Special issues in compensation management, such as relating pay to performance through appraisal techniques and pay compression.
MBA 578 Human Resource Development
Techniques used in procurement and development of human resources. Planning through recruitment, selection, and placement to training and development. Integration of HRD process with organizational strategic plans.
LRS 503
PSC502
Problems in Public Personnel Administration
Human resource issues addressed in context of changing product and labor markets, including relationship between human resource policies; the economic, social, and political environment; and firm’s strategic objectives.

Program Requirements

Admitted students will develop a four course (12 credit) program of study with the Director of the Schmidt Labor Research Center based on the student's needs.  Courses from which the students may choose can be found by clicking either "Labor Relations" or "Human Resources" on the menu on the left.  The certificates are awarded when the student completes the four course sequence with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater. Students are expected to apply, obtain admission and create a Program of Study (POS) detailing the four course prior to taking the courses.


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