Diversity Certificate

The Diversity Certificate program is a joint venture between the Office of Human Resources’ Center for Workplace Learning and the School of Business and Management.

The 12-unit (4 three-unit classes) program is designed for post-baccalaureate APU employees who desire to develop their management and leadership skills, and apply concepts and principles that will enhance their personal and professional development.

The Diversity Certificate program is committed to preparing employees to be organizational managers and leaders through a broad-based management education. The program builds conceptual skills and core values needed to become effective managers and leaders in today’s rapidly changing global business environment.

This program incorporates work which may be applied to a Master of Arts in Management (MAM). Academic advising with the MAM program coordinator is available for certificate program employees wishing to pursue their master’s degree.


The Diversity Certificate is based on the following objectives:

  • Identifying opportunities to engage diverse cultures in an immersion format.
  • Identifying engagement of organizations and businesses in diverse communities.
  • Examining techniques and practices that produce culturally relevant services for different communities.
  • Identifying strategies for cultivating alliances to advance organizational and community objectives.
  • Emphasizing traditionally underserved communities.
  • Understanding practical methods for recruiting employees from diverse backgrounds into corporate and non-profit environments.
  • Developing culturally sensitive marketing and recruitment materials.
  • Discussing issues regarding the management, retention, and advancement of employees from diverse backgrounds.
  • Analyzing the effective policies and practices that encourage harmonious work environments that promote optimal performance.
  • Understanding culturally sensitive interpersonal communication techniques.

Program Requirements

The Diversity Certificate is granted to employees who complete all four courses listed below (12 units with at least a B grade in each course):

More Information

Should you have any questions, please email learning@apu.edu.

More information on program distinctives and benefits, cost, prerequisites, and the application process can be found on the Certificate Programs page.