The Graduate Certificate in International Human Resources and Labor Relations responds to the increasing influence of globalization on the practice of Human Resource Management and the conduct of Labor Relations. Firms and unions are increasingly part of a complex web of international economic relationships. Many of the workplace innovations now taken for granted began overseas: quality circles, work groups and flatter hierarchies. Many firms operate overseas under very different labor market institutions and human resource expectations.

This program of study provides practical and theoretical knowledge designed to help students function as professionals in the increasing broad international context of human resource management and labor relations.

Program Type

Graduate Certificate

Program Format

On Campus

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Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate certificate programs are open to any graduate student at UWM working towards any master’s or doctoral degree. They can be earned alongside one of these degrees or can be earned as a standalone certificate without having to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree. Students who wish to enroll in a standalone graduate certificate program must have completed a bachelor’s degree and meet the prerequisites for that particular graduate certificate program.

The prerequisites for the graduate certificate in International Human Resources and Labor Relations include a college GPA of at least 2.75 and completion of a college economics class and a statistics class. The prerequisite for the graduate certificate in Mediation and Negotiation is a college GPA of at least 2.75.

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Credits and Courses

Required 1
IND REL 701Industrial and Labor Relations3
ECON 755Comparative Labor Markets and Employment Relations3
BUSMGMT 723Managing and Negotiating Across Borders3
BUS ADM 738Human Resource Management3
or BUS ADM 795 Seminar-in-Management:
The following courses are recommended but not required:
Independent Study
Reading and Research
Internship in Industrial Relations
Total Credits12

Course substitutions would be allowed with the consent of the MHRLR Director for those who had previously completed similar coursework. 

Admission Requirements 

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.

Eligibility and Admission

Students applying for the Certificate Program in International Human Resources and Labor Relations must hold a bachelor’s degree and must have earned a 2.75 GPA overall or must furnish substantial evidence of ability to succeed in graduate-level work. Students admitted to the Certificate will be expected to present at least three credits of prior work in microeconomics and three credits in statistics.


  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School through the Panthera Admission Application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted into a certificate program.

The assistant director of the MHRLR Program advises and supervises newly admitted students. The assistant director, in consultation with the student, reviews the student’s academic background and career goals and then designs an appropriate program of study consistent with degree requirements.

Questions about the MRHRL program should be directed to The application process goes through the Graduate School. Questions about the online application form or problems submitting the application should be directed to them at