Labor Relations and Human Resources
Faculty: Professor Scholl, director, Schmidt Labor Research Center. Professors Beauvais, Burkett, Cooper, Croasdale, Lardaro, McIntyre, Miller, Molloy, Overton, Poggie, Rothstein; Associate Professor Bodah; Adjunct Professors Keating and Taylor; Professors Emeriti Gersuny, Rayack, and Schmidt.
This program is designed for union, government, neutral, or human resource management, labor, and industrial relations professionals, or for those 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 very late afternoon or in the evening in Providence and Kingston so that they are convenient for working students. Full-time and part-time programs are also available.
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, e.g., computer science or statistics, economics or social policy, law and legal processes, or workplace issues such as alcohol and drug abuse, sexual or age discrimination, or racism.
Master of Science
Admission requirements: GRE or MAT or GMAT. Undergraduate majors in any field are considered for admission; those with majors in social science, history, management, and labor studies are especially encouraged to apply, as are those with engineering, nursing, education, urban affairs, black studies, and women’s studies backgrounds. Professional experience in labor and industrial relations 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/HIS 544; LRS/PSC 521; LRS/ECN 526; LRS 531, 541, 542, 500, 551, and 580. For a specialization in labor relations, select two courses from LRS 520, 543, and 545; and two courses from LRS 432, 503, 532, 533, 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, 543, 545, 546, 581, 591, and MBA 502, 577, and 578. Students are advised that many of the core required courses and electives in the program assume competence in basic statistics and economics as well as a working knowledge of computers. Students should remedy any deficiencies in these areas either prior to or during enrollment in the program. Please contact the director of the Schmidt Labor Research Center for further advice.
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. 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.