The Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Development and Workforce Diversity (HRD/WD) is designed to prepare students for careers in a wide range of professions, local, state, and government agencies, healthcare, and numerous other workforce industries. Earning the HRD/WD certificate demonstrates a dedication to individual growth and lifelong learning.
Human Resource Development (HRD) is a growing field of practice that develops the skills and talents needed for today’s workforce. Because the workforce is composed of multiple social groups and social identities, individuals must work collaboratively and cooperatively to achieve competitive advantage for employers. Sustaining a workplace climate that is conducive to learning and development is crucial for that goal.
The HRD/WD certificate program is designed to develop:
This graduate certificate offers a program of graduate-level coursework in Human Resource Diversity and Development. Twelve hours of coursework are required:
Note: You can apply the above courses from the HRD/WD towards a graduate degree in Human Relations. You can also apply related courses earned in the MHR to the HRD/WD. However, you cannot apply courses completed in one certificate program towards another graduate certificate. If you enroll in the certificate program first, you should enroll in the MHR degree program before you complete the last class so that those courses can be applied to the degree.
To earn the HRD/WD certificate, you must be admitted to the MHR program, another Human Relations certificate program, or any other graduate program at the University of Oklahoma. You must complete the Graduate Certificate Program Report (GCPR) form for the graduate certificate you wish to receive and submit it to the appropriate staff member. Faculty contact for the HRD/WD certificate is
Dr. Marilyn Y. Byrd. Email: Marilyn.Byrdfirstname.lastname@example.org.
You can double count courses towards a graduate degree and a graduate certificate if you are in the MHR program. However, you cannot double count classes towards more than one graduate certificate. If you do the certificate first, be sure to enroll in the MHR degree program before you finish the last class so you can count all the classes towards the degree.
OU Norman Campus:
Visit OU's Department of Human Relations Website to learn more.
All graduate courses in this certificate are designed to offer valuable training for HR professionals. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules.
At OU Extended Campus, your cohort won’t look like the traditional college student. Many of our students are balancing family, work, and life responsibilities and we make it our job to help them every step of the way.