Certificate in Employment Relations

The certificate in Employment Relations is an exciting opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a rapidly evolving world of work. It is open to both Queens’ students and anyone outside Queen’s who meets the university’s admission requirements. The certificate can be completed online.



Applications are welcome from current Queen’s students or anyone from outside of Queen’s who meets the university’s admission requirements. 

For new students, you will need ONE of the following (whichever is most recent):

  • A minimum of a 75% average on your high school diploma with ENGL4U, plus two additional 4U courses. Additional three required courses may be either 4U or 4M; OR
  • A 2-year college diploma with a minimum 2.9 GPA; OR
  • A 3-year college diploma with a minimum 2.6 GPA; OR
  • At least one full year of university with a minimum 2.6 GPA.

If you do not meet any of these requirements or are currently a Queen’s student who would like to add the online certificate to your degree, please visit Arts and Science Online to learn more about the various admissions categories.

Applications are submitted directly through the Faculty of Arts and Science.

There is a $100 application fee for non-Queen’s students, which can be paid by credit card online at the time of submission.

  • Theories and practices that shape contemporary workplaces including labour and employment relations, labour policy and employment law, human resource management and organizational behavior.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities to evaluate and address contemporary work-related problems.
  • Communication and creative problem-solving skills

This certificate program consists of 15 units (5 courses). Courses at the 200 level or above may be applied to fulfill this requirement.

See a list of EMPR courses here

  • If you are also enrolled in an online degree program, only 6.0 units from your degree program or the certificate can count towards both. In other words, to graduate with both an online degree and the EMPR certificate, you would need a total of 99.0 units (instead of 90.0 units).
  • Due to the overlap in content between the courses in the EMPR certificate and the LAW certificate, students are not eligible to receive both certificates.
  • No more than 6.0 units of core courses may be transfer credits from outside Queen’s University.