Graduate Certificate in Human Resources


The graduate certificate in Human Resources is designed for those that hold or aspire to 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 human resources, will also find this program helpful.

We seek students who can meet the challenges of advanced academic work with evidence of the knowledge and ability to do graduate level work in the required and elective courses in our programs and the potential to contribute to class discussions.

Undergraduate Degree: Undergraduate majors in any field will be considered for admission. Those with social science, history, management, and labor studies majors are especially encouraged to apply, as are those with engineering, nursing, education, urban affairs, African-American studies, and women’s studies backgrounds. Your overall GPA will be considered, however, we will also look at your performance in courses most clearly related in subject manner to courses in our program and for students with undergraduate GPA <3.0 we will give more weight to work experience. Applicants must upload scanned copies of their transcripts. Original, certified copies of your transcript will be required to enroll in the program.

Professional Experience: Professional experience in labor relations, human resource management, or leadership roles will carry additional weight in admissions decisions. Applicants must attach a professional resume or CV.

To apply, complete the online application at the URI Graduate School website. You are able to complete the personal statement, address information, pay the application fee, upload your resume and transcripts, and ask your references to submit their letters of recommendation online.

Process for Current Students

Application Requirements


  • Application fee
  • Personal statement: This required statement should outline your academic and professional background, interests and goals.
  • College transcripts from all institutions attended (international applicants must show equivalency to a US bachelor’s degree by an evaluation from WES or other translation company).
    —Official paper transcripts: Send to GradCAS Transcript Processing Center, PO Box 9217, Watertown, MA 02471
    —Unofficial electronic transcripts can be uploaded
  • Two letters of recommendation. These letters should focus on your ability to do graduate level work, your ability to contribute to the program, your motivation to complete the program, or your ability to work cooperatively.
  • Professional Resume
  • RI Residency Application or Certificate of Residency for RI residents or qualified regional applicants. Upon acceptance, mail to URI Graduate Admissions Office, Quinn Hall Room 204, 55 Lower College Rd, Kingston RI 02881
  • If English is not your native language, you’ll need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores (taken within the last two years). A minimum score of 91 for TOEFL under the new IBT-Internet Based Test or 575 under the paper based testing, and minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required. The URI Designated Institution Code for TOEFL is 3919.
  • Please note, the GRE or GMAT is not required for admission.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Costs

All Veterans:
As a Veteran student you may qualify for in-state tuition. To see if you are eligible, refer to the state’s Residency Policy.

Tuition Waivers: Unemployment, Senior Citizen, Disabled Veteran and RI National Guard Tuition Waivers are available for eligible Rhode Island residents. See waiver eligibility details or call 401.874.9500.

For all details on tuition, fees, and payment options, visit URI Enrollment Services. Please note financial aid is not available for certificate programs.


For more information, please contact the Schmidt Labor Research Center 401.874.2239