Schmidt Labor Research Center

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MS in Labor Relations and Human Resources

The Master’s Degree in Labor Relations and Human Resources is a multidisciplinary graduate program which prepares students for careers in labor relations and human resources. Our graduates work in labor unions, business firms, educational organizations, government agencies and non-profit enterprises.

The MS program consists of 12 courses (36 credits). There are 6 courses required of all students and 6 elective courses, which are used to develop a specialization in either labor relations or human resources. Students may develop a specialization in other related areas with the permission of the center’s director.

Required courses include:

LRS 500 (MBA 571) Labor Relations and Human Resources
LRS 541 Labor Relations Law
LRS 542 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
LRS 531 Employment Law
LRS 551 (MBA 572) Human Resource Strategy

There are two required courses of special note. Labor Relations and Human Resources (LRS 500) provides an overview of these fields and should be taken early in the student’s program. During the final semester, students are given a written comprehensive exam covering the content from required (core) courses. The capstone course, Professional Seminar in Labor Relations and Human Resources (LRS 580) should be taken in the final semester of matriculation. Through this seminar, students develop their research and integrative skills by writing a major research paper on a topic of their choice. Our MS program is fully aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management’s curriculum guides for HR education.

Special MS Application Instructions for Students who are currently enrolled or have completed their certificate

Admission criteria

The graduate programs offered by the Schmidt Labor Research Center are programs that prepare graduates for professional careers in the fields of labor relations and human resources. While a graduate degree certifies a certain level of knowledge to potential employers and universities, our main objective is the development of professional knowledge. As graduate level programs, they also have a rigorous academic component, that is, they are more than professional development programs in that they involve a research and knowledge creation component.

The faculty at the Schmidt Labor Research look to identify high quality students through our recruitment and admissions screening processes. This means we seek students who can meet the challenges of advanced academic work. Specially, we look for evidence of:

  1. The knowledge and ability to do graduate level work in the required and elective courses in our programs.
  2. The ability to conduct high quality academic research.
  3. The potential to contribute to class discussions.
  4. A clear understanding to the rigors of a masters level education.

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