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Answers for Prospective Students

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What is Employment and Labor Relations?

Labor Relations generally refers to any dealings between management and employees about the conditions of the workplace, although it more often concerns the interactions between management and a unionized workforce, or one that may become unionized. This may include methods of communication, discipline, workplace rules and issues of pay.

What kinds of jobs will this degree prepare me for?

This degree will prepare you for many types of jobs in the government, labor unions, and private sector all over the country. ELR graduates have been hired by many prestigious companies and organizations, including the National Labor Relations Board, Google, Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, SEIU, Alcoa, Respironics, Giant Eagle, APSCUF, Indiana Regional Medical Center, Cleveland Brothers, Latrobe Steel, Washington Gas, Highmark, and Reschini.

Does the department offer assistance with finding internships or employment?

Yes, many of our students have found job placements and/or internships with some of the previously mentioned companies and organizations. We also maintain a webpage of employment listings for students in our department to consider.

When can I apply for the program?

Students can apply for the Fall, Summer, or Spring semesters. The IUP ELR program runs on a rolling admissions system.

How do I apply?

See the ELR Admissions and IUP Admissions pages for information on how to apply.

Do I have to take the GRE to apply for the program?

No. The GRE is not a requirement for application to the program.

What types of majors can apply?

Ours is a multidisciplinary program, and we encourage all majors to apply.

How long does it usually take to complete the program?

With the proper planning, the ELR course curriculum is designed to allow full-time students the ability to complete the program in one academic year. For those who need to, however, the program can be attended part time for up to five years.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available through the Bursar’s office. For more information, visit the Office of Financial Aid. The ELR Department also offers graduate assistantships. It should also be noted that IUP tuition is very affordable.

How do I register for my classes?

Once you are officially admitted to the Graduate School, you will get registration instructions and a PIN. The registration process is completed online through URSA, the university’s online records and systems website. Dropping and adding classes is also done through URSA.

How large is the program?

The ELR program has graduated over eight hundred students thus far. There are typically around fifty students taking classes each semester. This makes for an excellent learning environment where class sizes are small and students all know the professors well.

Do I have to write a thesis in order to graduate?

No, students have a choice of completing either a three- or six-credit internship or a thesis.

How many credits will I earn in the ELR master’s program?

There are 21 required credits and 15 elective credits, for a total of 36 credits. There is a possibility of a waiver if you have completed sufficient coursework. Waivers can only be applied to required courses and are only given in cases in which the student has completed the equivalent of the course. Waivers are only granted with the approval of the department chair.

Is there student parking on campus?

Student parking (with a commuter pass) is available right below Keith Hall in the HUB student parking lot. IUP also provides pay-by-space parking in the HUB parking lot and at other nearby locations. See IUP’s parking webpage for more information.

Where can I get my textbooks?

While many textbooks are available from third-party retailers, the on-campus IUP Co-op Bookstore provides textbooks and a large variety of school supplies. You can access an online textbook lookup from the Co-op website to find the required books for your classes.

Where is the Employment and Labor Relations Department, and where are the classes held?

The ELR Department is located in the basement of Keith Hall. Most classes are held in Keith Hall, Room 7. Some classes are held in other classrooms in Keith Hall.

What is the usual class size?

Class sizes typically range from fifteen to twenty-five students. Most classes have approximately eighteen to twenty-two students.

At what time are the classes?

Classes take place in the evening, Monday through Thursday. The first class runs from 5:20 to 7:50 p.m. and the second class from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m.

How are the classes structured?

Although lecture is a component of each of the classes, discussion and class excercises are stressed. This degree is an applied degree and, as such, it aims to teach critical thinking and a full range of skills needed within the field of Employment and Labor Relations.

What kinds of courses are part of the program?

Our Fundamentals of the American Labor Movement, Dispute Settlement, Contract Administration, and Collective Bargaining courses give students a strong understanding of the history and mechanics of the American Labor system. Students will learn about the grievance process and how to prepare for and argue at a grievance arbitration.

Other courses include Employee Rights Under Law, Discrimination, Compensation, and Human Resources in the Public Sector. These courses, among others, give a solid understanding of the nuances of employment law and human resources practices.

Through this program, our students receive a well rounded and thorough education in both organized and non-organized regions of the American labor system. You can find a complete list of ELR courses on the website.

Can anyone take classes that are offered through the cohort in Monroeville?

No. Only students enrolled in the cohort program are permitted to take classes there.

What if I have a question that wasn’t answered above?

Feel free to give us a call at 724-357-4470 and we will do our best to answer any questions you may have about the program. 

  • Employment and Labor Relations Department
  • Keith Hall, Room 3-E
    390 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-4470
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.