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The Accelerated B.S. or B.A. to M.S. Program (ABM) in Labor Relations and Human Resources Degree program offers qualified students the opportunity to complete both a B.A. or B.S. (with no restriction on program) and the M.S. in Labor Relations and Human Resources in five years. Students that have demonstrated excellence in their undergraduate academic programs and are prepared for advanced coursework may be eligible to enroll in the ABM program.
This program allows students to complete their Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in approximately 5 years. Students accepted into the ABM program will be permitted to double count credits toward both degrees up to one-third of the total credits required for the M.S. degree. Credits will need to be approved by the Program Director and will include 3 credits of either LHR 500 or LHR 531 during the senior year. All credits counted toward the M.S. portion of the ABM, including 400-level courses, must be earned at URI.
During the last semester of the program, students can sit for the SHRM certification exam.
Students are eligible to apply for the ABM program after they have completed 75 credits in their undergraduate program. Students can start taking courses that will be double counted towards their ABM after they have completed 90 credits. Student status will officially be moved from undergraduate to graduate enrollment after completing and conferring their undergraduate degree.
A competitive applicant will have the following:
- Students must have at least 75 credits to apply and can be admitted to the program once they have completed 90 credits;
- Overall GPA of 3.0; meeting the minimum GPA does not guarantee acceptance into the ABM program; ● Two letters of recommendation from faculty; and
- Interview is required with the Program Director after a completed application has been submitted and received.
NOTE: The GRE is not required.
- Fall 2023 – July 15
- Spring 2024 – November 15
As previously stated, students are eligible to apply for the ABM program after they have completed 75 credits in their undergraduate program. Students can start taking courses that will be double counted towards their ABM after they have completed 90 credits. Student status will officially be moved from undergraduate to graduate enrollment after completing and conferring their undergraduate degree.
Applicants with undergraduate majors in any field will be considered for admission. The four courses to be double counted must be approved by the Program Director during the admission process and approved by the students’ academic advisor.
Applicants should have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and must interview with the program director. Applicants must submit:
- a statement of purpose;
- a proposal listing the two 400 level courses to be counted from their B.A./B.S. program of study and an explanation how LHR 500 or LHR 531 will fit into their undergraduate program of study as electives;
- two letters of recommendation from faculty; and
- Interview with the Program Director, after a completed application has been submitted and received.
NOTE: Students must complete all degree requirements for the ABM within two years after enrollment. An additional year may be allowed with the permission of the Graduate School. Failure to complete the ABM in the allotted time effectively ends the ABM and the students will not be able to double count credits.
For more information,
Contact Dr. Peg Ferguson Boyd, Director, Schmidt Labor Research Center and Graduate Programs in LR and HR,
firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-874-4693 (office), 401-874-4785 (direct).