Non-degree Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Development

    Program Overview

    The Human Resources Development graduate certificate offered at the GSE is designed for those working or interested in working in human resources and who want to improve their skills and knowledge specifically regarding learning and teaching in the workplace. The coursework in the program will focus on skills, concepts, and strategies to improve the adult teaching and learning components of human resource development in organizations. Students will explore career and workforce development through a research-grounded lens of adult and continuing education theory and practice. Through completion of the required coursework, candidates will acquire a grounding in the practical aspects of the discipline and develop an understanding of the intellectual and research basis for effective practice in the field.

    After completing all of the required courses in the program, students will receive official documentation of their completion, endorsed by the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. Courses completed as part of this 12-credit program may also be counted toward a Rutgers Graduate School of Education 30-credit, fully online Master’s Degree in Adult and Continuing Education. Transfer credits are not accepted for this program and no program requirements may be completed at any other institution.

    This program does not include coursework leading to a New Jersey school personnel license. 

    For more information about this program:

    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    Aug 15 / Dec 15 / May 15

    Entry Term(s)

    Fall / Spring / Summer

    Program Level


    Program Type



    100% Online



  • What You’ll Learn

    Students enrolled in the Human Resources Development graduate certificate program will begin their study with an introduction to the foundational philosophical, historical, and practical underpinnings of adult education practice. In alignment with the GSE’s mission to Advance Excellence and Equity in Education, students will examine the nature and scope of adult education through exploration of the social contexts, including analyses related to race, class, and gender. More specialized coursework in the program’s curriculum will delve deeper into topics directly related to human resources development and strategies for helping employees develop their skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to the organization. Students will gain practical experience working in a human resources-related professional setting and an understanding of the profession, as well as explore career development and workforce development with reference to adult and continuing education theory and practice.

    For more information about the courses in this program, please visit the course catalog and online schedule of classes.

  • Program Requirements

    12 Graduate Course Credits

    • 3 Credits – Introduction to Adult and Continuing Education or Understanding the Adult Learner
    • 3 Credits – Foundations of Human Resources Development
    • 3 Credits – Career and Workforce Development
    • 3 Credits – Human Resources Development: Profession and Practice

    Students are expected to maintain a “B” or better average as a non-degree student. Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program. After completing all of the required courses in the program, students should contact the Office of Academic Services at the GSE. Students will receive official documentation of their completion, endorsed by the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.

  • Careers and Outcomes

    Earning a graduate certificate at the GSE allows candidates to advance their understanding of, and earn practical skills pertaining to, human resources development and adult education. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as earning a certificate can help students enter into a new specialization they’ve yet to explore, or advance or stay competitive in a space they already have knowledge in. The program offers a comprehensive look at the latest research in the field and in addition to leading to potential career benefits like advancement, role flexibility, or leadership responsibility, it can also serve as a pathway to a Master’s Degree in Adult and Continuing Education. 

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Personal Statement: approximately 1-page in length that describes why the program is relevant to the applicant’s interests for career goals
    • 1 Letter of Recommendation: describing the applicant’s potential to be successful in the program
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts
    • Graduate Transcripts (if applicable)

    Applicants are responsible for reviewing and confirming that they meet all requirements before the application is submitted. Rutgers Graduate School of Education will not  refund the application fee if an applicant is not accepted.

  • How to Apply

    Current Rutgers University Students:

    All applicants who are currently enrolled in a program at Rutgers University and wish to begin the certificate program while continuing their current program should contact the GSE Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) at

    Non-Rutgers University Students:

    1. Collect the materials required for admission
    2. Submit your application online at
    3. Submit supporting materials online
    4. Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here:
  • Tuition


    Click here for the New Brunswick Graduate tuition rates.

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