Quick Facts

Delivery:  Blend of onsite and online courses

Credit Hours: 12

Admissions: Rolling Year-Round


The graduate certificate in Helping Skills in Human Relations provides professionals in a wide variety of helping professions with the knowledge and skills to improve relationships and to be effective and ethical helpers. Individuals who work in or desire to work in helping agencies, nonprofit and business organizations, government institutions, the military, schools and universities, religious organizations, athletics, advising, personnel services, hospitals or any other setting in which helping skills are a necessity will benefit from this program.


Graduate certificates provide an opportunity for a focused program of graduate study in a specified topic. This certificate can be taken by individuals with a bachelor’s degree or by those who have or are pursuing a graduate degree. All course work taken for the certificates will apply to the Master of Human Relations (MHR) if taken as part of the degree program. If taken separately, 9 credit hours may be applied to the degree. However, the certificate can be taken separately from the MHR. The certificate can serve as an introduction to the MHR and as recognition of work accomplished in a concentration before the completion of the MHR. It can also be used for continuing education.

Program Type

12 hours 

What can you do with a certificate in Human Relations?

You can use a Human Relations degree or certificate to advance in or prepare for a new profession in such areas as:

  • Counseling or other helping professions
  • Human resource development
  • Nonprofit, public and private organizations
  • Equal opportunity
  • Organizational leadership

The Human Relations degree and certificates can also help students develop the human relations skills needed to succeed and advance in many other such professions as:

  • Nursing and other health professions
  • Family or Social Services
  • Teaching and other positions in education
  • Corrections
  • Civil service

The study of Human Relations prepares you for any profession in which knowledge of human behavior, organizational behavior, social issues and change strategies and diversity and gender issues is paramount. This program can also give you the knowledge and skills to enrich your life outside of the workplace. Take a class and find out what HR can do for you!


Program Requirements and Required Courses

This graduate certificate offers a program of graduate level coursework in Human Relations. Twelve hours of coursework are required:

  • HR 5003 Theoretical Foundations of Human Relations
  • HR 5463 Counseling Skills in Human Relations
  • HR 5453 Ethical Issues in Human Relations Counseling
  • One counseling elective

Elective Courses (choose one)

Elective options include but are not limited to:

  • Career Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Women and Mental Health
  • Social Justice Counseling
  • Violence Against Women
  • Counseling Approaches
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Counseling with Diverse Populations
  • Psychosocial Development
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Diagnosis in HR Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Posttraumatic Stress
  • Family Assessment and Intervention
  • Recovery from Addiction

For questions or more information

OU Norman Campus:
(405) 325-2250
Email: advancedprograms@ou.edu

Visit OU's Department of Human Relations to learn more.

Manageable Accelerated Courses

All graduate courses in this certificate are designed to offer valuable training for Human Relations professionals. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules.

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