- Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Negotiation
- Graduate Certificate in International Human Resources and Labor Relations
The Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations (MHRLR) prepares leaders to be successful professionals. Whether you are currently in the field, a recent college graduate or wish to change careers, MHRLR provides the knowledge necessary to thrive. Our classes emphasize practical application of theory, laying the foundation for your future success.
Jobs in Human Resources will grow faster than average over the next decade. The MHRLR degree allows you to capitalize on that growth and advance in an increasingly complex business environment.
While the majority of our students work full-time in the profession and attend classes part-time, many others choose to attend full time to progress more quickly through the program. Our small classes provide the opportunity to network with both the faculty and fellow human resources and labor relations professionals.
The Lubar College of Business and the College of Letters and Science jointly offer the MHRLR degree.
Students may begin their studies in the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. The program does not have a specific deadline to apply.
An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus the following requirements to be considered for admission to the MHRLR program:
- Submission of two letters of recommendation to the MHRLR program.
- Submission of GRE or GMAT scores is recommended, but not required.
- Students admitted to the program will be expected to present at least three credits of prior work in both principles of microeconomics and introductory statistics.
- Students who are deficient in the areas of principles of microeconomics or statistics at the time of admission (see above), will be expected to satisfy deficiency requirements within three enrolled semesters. Deficiencies are monitored by the Graduate School and the individual graduate program unit. No course credits earned in making up deficiencies may be counted for the degree.
- Applicants are reviewed by the MHRLR admissions committee to assess academic achievements and the ability to do intensive graduate-level work.
Credits and Courses
The Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations degree will be awarded upon completion of 36 credits of prescribed graduate study and appropriate prerequisite coursework. The program offers a balance between liberal arts and business-based education, requiring that at least 15 credits be taken within the College of Letters and Science and at least 15 credits be taken within the Lubar College of Business. The MHRLR Program believes in a common body of knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective Human Resource or Labor Relations professional.
The program has a required core of seven courses (21 credits) and five elective courses (15 credits) for a total of 36 credits.
|IND REL 701||Industrial and Labor Relations||3|
|BUSMGMT 706||Managing in a Dynamic Environment||3|
|BUS ADM 738||Human Resource Management||3|
|BUS ADM 735||Staffing Organizations||3|
|ECON 448G||Economics of Human Resources 1||3|
|or ECON 753||Collective Bargaining|
|IND REL 712||Employment Law||3|
|IND REL 731||Research Tools for Practitioners in Human Resources and Labor Relations 2||3|
|or BUSMGMT 731||Research Tools for Practitioners in Human Resources and Labor Relations|
|Electives (see list of approved electives below)||15|
The required course Research Tools for Practitioners in Human Resources and Labor Relations can be taken as either IND REL 731 or BUSMGMT 731 (but not both) to help meet the required 15 credit minimum in each the College of Letters and Science and the Lubar College of Business.
The choice of electives to complete a MHRLR degree should reflect student interest. Students are not required to choose a specialization and are encouraged to select those electives that best suit their backgrounds and interests. A student may take up to 6 credits from the approved list of alternative electives in other schools such as the School of Nursing, the School of Education, and the School of Social Welfare.
Students without prior experience in the field are encouraged to take advantage of the program’s extensive contacts in the business and labor communities by undertaking one or more internships as either BUS ADM 799 or IND REL 921. Students may also utilize the wide range of faculty expertise available within the program for a major research paper on a human resources or labor relations topic. These papers, under the direction of a faculty advisor, are taken as either IND REL 801 or BUS ADM 799. A student may graduate with honors from the MHRLR program by maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average within the program, and by writing a 3-credit major research paper (under BUS ADM 799 or IND REL 801).
Any new course development, programmatic changes, or program name change must be approved by the appropriate curricular committees and faculty in the respective units.
The program, including admissions and course staffing, is subject to the AACSB accreditation requirements.
|College of Letters & Science|
|IND REL 715||Workplace Dispute Resolution||3|
|IND REL 725||Total Rewards Compensation||3|
|IND REL 800||Current Issues in Industrial Relations:||1-3|
|ECON 415G||Economics of Employment and Labor Relations||3|
|ECON 448G||Economics of Human Resources||3|
|ECON 753||Collective Bargaining||3|
|ECON 755||Comparative Labor Markets and Employment Relations||3|
|COMMUN 665G||Introduction to Mediation||3|
|COMMUN 865||Theory and Practice of Mediation||3|
|POL SCI 452G||Administrative Law||3|
|POL SCI 769||Analyzing and Evaluating Public Policies and Programs||3|
|SOCIOL 443G||Organizations, Occupations, and Professions||3|
|Lubar College of Business|
|BUS ADM 442G||Industrial Psychology||3|
|BUS ADM 445G||Training & Development in Organizations||3|
|BUS ADM 731||Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion||3|
|BUS ADM 733||Organizational Development||3|
|BUS ADM 737||Managerial Decisions and Negotiations||3|
|BUSMGMT 715||Leadership, Team Building, and Effective Management||3|
|BUSMGMT 723||Managing and Negotiating Across Borders||3|
|BUSMGMT 728||Training and Development in Organizations||3|
|Administrative Leadership (College of Community Engagement and Professions)|
|AD LDSP 710||Organizational Change and Team Leadership||3|
|AD LDSP 757||Principles and Foundations of Adult Education||3|
|AD LDSP 777||Leadership in Multicultural Organizations||3|
Major Professor as Advisor
The assistant director of the MHRLR Program advises and supervises newly admitted students. The assistant director, in consultation with the student, reviews the student’s academic background and career goals and designs an appropriate program of study consistent with degree requirements.