Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Policy and Management

Co-Chair: Dr. Shaoming Cheng, MPA Director
Co-Chair: Dr. Valerie Patterson

Human Resource Policy and Management is designed to give graduate students a range of policy-analysis and management skills. It provides training in alternative personnel systems, (civil service, collective bargaining, privatization and service contracting), personnel techniques for productivity improvement, current issues, and ethics and professionalism. This certificate emphasizes the application of behavioral science concepts and techniques to employers in a multicultural context.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and have an upper division GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants with GPA lower than 3.0 may be considered if they submit a GRE, LSAT or GMAT Score. Students must be admitted to the certificate program to start taking classes. Admission to a certificate program does not guarantee admission to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.

Note: Those students who apply for and are admitted to the Master of Public Administration degree program may have certificate courses credited toward an outside specialization in Human Resource Policy and Management. All the credits earned in a Graduate Certificate Program may be used in a master's degree program provided the student is admitted to the master's degree program prior to the completion of no more than 12 Graduate Certificate credits. All transferred courses must have a grade of B or better.

How to Apply

In order for you to be officially considered for admission to a Graduate Certificate program, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit an application online:
  2. Submit an application fee. A $30.00, non-refundable, application fee payable by check, money order, or credit card is required;
  3. Submit official transcript/s. Transcripts of all degree granting institutions must be sent directly from each college or university either electronically or in a sealed envelope to the Graduate Admissions Office (Note: If your undergraduate degree was from FIU you don’t need to do this because your student records are accessible by computer from the Department);
  4. Submit resume to the Graduate Admissions Office

Use the Graduate Certificate Application to keep track of the courses you complete. When you have completed all certificate courses, turn in this form to the Department of Public Administration. You will receive your Certificate by mail. If you are also enrolled in the MPA program, you may receive your Certificate before or after you receive the MPA degree (depending upon when you complete the certificate program requirements).

Exceptions to the graduate admissions requirement

Students admitted to a Public Administration Graduate Certificate program, who have completed 12 Graduate Certificate credits with a 3.25 or better GPA may apply to the MPA program, subject to the approval of the program Director or designee. Subject to MPA Director’s approval, the credits obtained in a MPA Graduate Certificate Program may be used to satisfy requirements of the MPA degree, provided the student is admitted to the MPA program prior to the completion of the final six graduate certificate credit hours required to obtain the certificate

General Requirements

Students must complete their program of study within three years from the date of admission and earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. All course grades must be "C" or better.

Curriculum (15 credits)

The following courses are required

PAD 6417 Human Resource Policy and Management 3
PAD 5427 Collective Bargaining and the Public Sector 3
PAD 6605 Administrative Law 3

Two of the following nine courses must be taken to complete the certificate.

PAD 5043 Government and Minority Group Relations 3
PAD 5435 Administration and the Role of Women 3
PAD 5460 Productivity Improvement 3
PAD 5616 Contracting and Managing Third Party Governments 3
PAD 6436 Professionalism and Ethics 3
PAD 6710 IT & E Government 3
PAD 6156 Applied Organization Theory and Behavior 3
PAD 5934* Contemporary Issues 3
PAD 6946 Internship 3

Students may take up to two electives outside the Department. These electives must be selected from a list of approved electives or must be approved by Certificate Co-Chairs.

Tuition and Fees

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Contact Us

Shaoming Cheng, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Public Administration &
Director, Master of Public Administration Program
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus,
11200 S.W. 8th Street, PCA 350A
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-0432
Fax: 305-348-5848
E-mail: scheng@fiu.edu