Certificate in Policy Issues on Work and Pay

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The Policy Issues on Work and Pay Certificate provides professionals in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors with insight and ability to better understand and evaluate federal, state, and local policies that affect the employment relationship.

What You Will Learn

  • How to review and evaluate various statutes
  • How employers, unions, and governments interpret those policies
  • How policy affects the working conditions of employees

Certificates Toward Degree Programs

You can complete both a degree and certificate program with the Humphrey School as well as the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies at the Carlson School of Management. You must apply prior to completing all the classes in the Policy Issues on Work and Pay Certificate.

View Certificate in Policy Issues on Work and Pay application requirements

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The Policy Issues on Work and Pay Certificate requires 15 semester credits, including 6 credits in core courses, and a minimum of 9 credits in electives.

Required Core Courses (6 credits)

Public Policies on Work and Pay
Social Safety Nets / Social Insurance Programs

Note: All core courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Take at least 9 credits (3–5 courses) from the following list, or select other elective coursework with the approval of the director of graduate studies:


Information on certificate program costs can be found on the Tuition and Financial Aid page of our website.