Schmidt Labor Research Center

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


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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.


All Applications must be made online:


Full details about URI graduate program guidelines can be found in the URI Graduate School Manual.



Our graduate programs prepare students for professional careers in the fields of labor relations and human resources. A graduate degree certifies a certain level of knowledge to potential employers and universities.  However, our main objective is the development of practical, professional knowledge. Please note:  the programs are academically rigorous; they are more than professional development programs.

We seek students who can meet the challenges of advanced academic work with evidence of:

  1. The knowledge and ability to do graduate level work in the required and elective courses in our programs.
  2. The ability to conduct high quality academic research.
  3. The potential to contribute to class discussions.
  4. A clear understanding to the rigors of a master’s level education.

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, 2 letters of recommendation, professional resume and a short statement of purpose.

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.

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