Human Resources Law, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Law is designed to provide professionals who work in human resources with the skills needed to recognize, navigate, and leverage the many legal issues that arise within this heavily regulated field.

Program Plan

Students take one 3-credit course per term. Each term is approximately eight weeks, and there are two terms (A and B) in each of three semesters (fall, spring, and summer). The course work may be spread over two or three semesters. Every student begins the program by taking a required foundation course (Introduction to Legal Studies 2 (LS 6102)). Students then take three additional required courses, each that focuses specifically on health law.

Program Features

Total Certificate Credit Requirement

The program requires 12 semester hours.

Course Organization

The program comprises four courses:

  • Each course is eight weeks

  • One or two courses are taken each semester

  • Each course is 3 semester hours

  • Course type:

    • One foundation course

    • Three certificate-specific courses

Academic Structure

  • Six eight-week sessions per calendar year:

    • Fall A

    • Fall B

    • Spring A

    • Spring B

    • Summer A

    • Summer B

      One or two eight-week courses (3 semester hours each) taken in one to three semesters.

       Total of four courses needed to complete certificate.

Time to Certificate Completion

Normal completion time is two to three semesters (depending upon course sequencing) of part-time study, with students taking one course at a time.

Admissions cycles

  • Fall B

  • Spring B

  • Summer B

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited institution

  • Online application

  • Application fee—none

  • Personal statement with designated questions to be answered

  • One letter of recommendation

  • TOEFL for international students

  • Transcripts from all previous higher educational institutions attended

  • Professional resumé

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


LS 6102Introduction to Legal Studies 23
LS 6210Special Topics in Employee Rights and Employer Obligations3
LS 6211Antidiscrimination Law3
LS 6212Wages and Benefits3

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

12 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required