Schmidt Labor Research Center

36 Upper College Road (Hart House), Kingston, RI 02881

lrc@etal.uri.edu – 401-874-2239

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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 MPA or MBA.

Special Application Instructions for Current MPA/MBA/MS students

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.

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.

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.  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.  Courses taken for the certificate may be applied to the MS in LR or HR if the student chooses to continue their studies.

Special MS Application Instructions for Students who are currently enrolled or have completed their certificate

Example of classes eligible for the certificate:

 

LRS 500 (MBA 571) Labor Relations and Human Resources
LRS 541 Labor Relations Law
LRS 542 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
LRS 531 Employment Law
LRS 551 (MBA 572) Human Resource Strategy
LRS 521 (PSC) Comparative Labor Relations Systems
LRS 573 (MBA 573) Staffing Organizations
MBA 502 Organizational Behavior
MBA 577 Compensation Administration
MBA 578 Human Resource Development
LRS 432 (SOC) Work, Employment & Society
LRS 520 Developments in Worker Representation
LRS 521 (PSC) Comparative Labor Relations Systems
LRS 544 (HIS) Colloquium in Worker History
LRS 545 Arbitration & Mediation of Labor and Employment Disputes
LRS 546 Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

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