Human Resources and Training Certificate

School of Communication, College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media

Department of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Business Administration, College of Business Administration

Vision Statement

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Human Resources and Training (HR & T) is to help post-baccalaureate students and working professionals expand their educational background and enhance their knowledge in one of the two concentrations. The first concentration, Human Resources, focuses on enhancing organizational effectiveness through employee recruitment, selection, placement, performance evaluation, motivation, and retention. The second concentration, Training and Development, focuses on enhancing training skills including designing, implementing and assessing training programs. The HR & T Certificate is useful for individuals currently employed in the Human Resources or Training fields and for individuals who desire to enter those fields. The graduate courses required for this certificate address both theory and application from the fields of Communication, Psychology, and Business.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Karen Dwyer, Graduate Program Chair

Arts & Sciences Hall (ASH) 107J


Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: NA

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Required major in; OR minor in; OR at least fifteen (15) hours in one of the following areas with a 3.0 GPA:
    • Speech/Communication
    • Psychology
    • Business
    • Or related area
  • One (1) letter of recommendation is required from a professor or supervisor
  • A statement of purpose is required
    • A 1000-word essay on why you seek admission to the program and indicate which area of concentration you will be pursuing.
  • Resume
    • Include work history

Cert-HRST Required Courses:

Students must identify an area of concentration.

See Human Resources and Training Certificate Concentrations

Cert-HRST Exit Requirements

Portfolio: Students admitted to the HR&T graduate certificate program must create a portfolio that represents their achievement in the five courses (15 credits). The portfolio will contain at least one sample project from each course. (Examples of projects for the portfolio might include: training manual, workshop outlines, complete job analyses, performance appraisals, test reviews and evaluations.) In order to complete the graduate certificate program (after the student completes all course work), a formal final review of the portfolio and presentation to the student’s advisor will be required.

Total Credit Hours: 15

Cert-HRST-Other Program-Related Information:

Dr. Karen Dwyer (Chair) - Communication - (402) 554-2253 -

Dr. Lynn Harland - Business Administration - (402) 554-2808 -

Dr. Roni Reiter-Palmon - Psychology - (402) 554-4810 -