Labor Relations and Human Resources

M.S., M.S./J.D., Graduate Certificate Programs.

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Faculty: Lecturer Phelps, interim director, Schmidt Labor Research Center. Professors Bodah Cooper,  McIntyre, Mederer, Research Professor Silver; Assistant Professor Djurdjevic Professors Emeriti Feldman, Molloy, Rothstein, and Scholl

This program is designed for labor relations and human resource professional or students who aspire to such positions.   Students in other graduate programs may find it rewarding and professionally desirable to enroll in one or more of the labor relations and human resource courses. All courses are offered  in the evenings or on weekends in Providence or Kingston so that they are convenient for working students. Full-time and part-time programs are also available.

Specializations

Areas of specialization include labor relations and human resources, both with elective and required courses. Substitutions may be made with permission of the director of the Schmidt Labor Research Center and approval of the Graduate School. Exceptional students who come into the program with a well-defined interest, as well as a proposed plan of study, may choose to create their own specializations by choosing four courses in an area that satisfies their professional needs.

Master of Science

Areas of specialization include labor relations and human resources, both with elective and required courses. Substitutions may be made with permission of the director of the Schmidt Labor Research Center and approval of the Graduate School. Exceptional students who come into the program with a well-defined interest, as well as a proposed plan of study, may choose to create their own specializations by choosing four courses in an area that satisfies their professional needs.MASTER OF SCIENCE

Admission requirements: GRE or MAT or GMAT. Undergraduate majors in any field are considered for admission. Professional experience in labor relations or human resources will carry additional weight in admission decisions.

Program requirements: minimum of 39 credits, including 27 credits in core courses and 12 credits of specialization. The required courses are LRS 500/MBA 571; LRS/PSC 521; LRS/ECN 526; LRS/HIS 544; LRS 551/MBA 572; LRS 531, 541, 542,  and 580. For a specialization in labor relations, select two courses  from LRS 432, 503, 520, 532, 533, 545, 546, 581, 591, and MBA 577 and 578. For a specialization in human resources, required courses include two courses from LRS 432, 503, 520, 532, 533, 545, 546, 581, 591, and MBA 502, 577, and 578.

Joint Program: Master of Science in Labor Relations and Human Resources (URI) and Juris Doctorate (Roger Williams University School of Law)

A cooperative dual degree program offered at URI and Roger Williams University School of Law permits dual enrollment leading to an M.S. in labor relations and human resources and a J.D. The integrated program of the two degrees allows a student to complete both programs in four years instead of the five required if both degrees are pursued separately.

Admission requirements: Students must apply and be accepted into each program under the separate admission requirements currently in effect at each school. Applicants must indicate the M.S./J.D. on the “Degree Sought” section of the URI application form.

Program requirements: At Roger Williams University, the J.D. program requires 90 credits, which can be completed on a full-time basis in three years. The M.S. degree in labor relations and human resources at URI requires 39 credits, which can be completed on a full-time basis in two years. A student matriculated in the joint program will take some credits in one program that will help satisfy the overall credit requirements of the other degree program as well. Students in the joint program must complete the following core required courses as part of their 30-credit requirement at URI in addition to nine credits taken at Roger Williams: LRS 542, 500, 551, and 580; LRS/PSC 521; LRS/ECN 526; and LRS/HIS 544. Students who specialize in human resources must also take MBA 577 and 578, while students specializing in labor relations must take LRS 520 and 545. Students must complete the required law school curriculum at Roger Williams. For students matriculated in the joint program, Roger Williams will accept the following 15 URI credits to satisfy the requirements for the J.D. degree: LRS 542, 500, and 580; LRS/ECN 526; and LRS/PSC 521.

Graduate Certificate Programs in Labor Relations and Human Resources

Admission requirements: Applicants with undergraduate majors in any field are considered for admission; applicants must submit two official transcripts of all academic work, two letters of recommendation, and a résumé of professional experience.

Program requirements: To earn a graduate certificate in labor relations, students must satisfactorily complete four of the following courses: LRS 432, 500, 520, 521, 526, 531, 532, 533, 541, 542, 543, 545, and 546, or other courses approved by the program director. To earn a graduate certificate in human resources, students must satisfactorily complete four of the following courses: LRS 500, 503, 526, 531, 532, 533, 541, 542, and 551; MBA 502, 577, and 578 or other courses approved by the program director.