M.S. Labor Relations and Human Resources


The M.S. program consists of 12 courses (36 credits). There are 5 required courses (15 credits) and 7 elective courses (21 credits), of which 4 (12 credits) are used to develop a specialization in either labor relations or human resources. You may develop a specialization in other related areas with the permission of the center’s director.

There are two required courses of special note. Labor Relations and Human Resources (LHR 500) provides an overview of these fields and should be taken early in your program. The capstone course, Professional Seminar in Labor Relations and Human Resources (LHR 580) should be taken in the final semester of matriculation. Through this seminar, you will develop your integrative, analytical and communication skills by preparing a comprehensive presentation on a topic of your choice.

Curriculum Sheet

Required Courses

  • LHR 500 (MBA 574)
  • LHR 531
  • LHR 542
  • LHR 551 (MBA 572)
  • LHR 580


For a specialization in human resources, select a minimum of 12 credits from:

  • LHR 521 (PSC)
  • LHR 533
  • LHR 546
  • LHR 573 (MBA 573)
  • MBA 577
  • MBA 578
  • LHR 581

For a specialization in labor relations, a minimum of 12 credits from:

  • LHR 521 (PSC)
  • LHR 544 (HIS)
  • LHR 545
  • LHR 546
  • LHR 581

Open Electives

  • LHR/MGT 446, 461
  • LHR/PSC 503
  • LHR 503 (PSC)
  • LHR 532, 590
  • MBA 502, 503, 504, 530, 540
  • PSC 573
  • EDC 505, 525, 579
  • Any other courses eligible for graduate credit and approved by the director

In addition, students specializing in labor relations may take courses offered in the human resource specialization as open electives and students specializing in human resources may take courses offered in the labor relations specialization as open electives.

Our M.S. program is fully aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management’s curriculum guides for HR education.

Non-matriculating Option

Students may enroll in a limited number of courses prior to official entry into the program as non-matriculating (non-degree) students.      

Please see details here. Courses in which the student earns a grade of “B” or better taken on a non-matriculating basis will count towards degree requirements. To register for courses on a non-matriculating basis, you must complete and submit the Non-degree Student Application Form. Your performance in SLRC courses taken as a non-matriculating student will have a strong impact on our admission recommendation to the graduate school.