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Employment and Labor Relations (ELR) in Monroeville

The ELR Department is currently recruiting students for the IUP campus in Monroeville, Pa.

Informational sessions will be held at the Monroeville campus for interested applicants.

IUP’s highly successful graduate program in Employment and Labor Relations (ELR) is offered at the Monroeville campus. This program has a 30-plus-year history of preparing professionals for careers in employment relations in various settings, including but not limited to public and private management settings, union organizations, government agencies, and neutral and service organizations. The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree is a 36-credit program offered in a format specifically designed for working professionals who desire to upgrade their employment skills, seek career changes, or enhance their promotion possibilities. This degree is highly useful to participants because it combines theoretical preparation with practical field application.

The 36-credit program is structured in a way that allows students to complete it in two years by taking two courses per semester. Coursework will be offered one evening per week (typically Mondays or Wednesdays) from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, with the second section offered online. (Note: Generous summer and winter vacation periods are scheduled into the program.) This educational model encourages networking and enhances learning opportunities for participants.

Course offerings include: Employee Rights under Law, Theories of the Labor Movement, Dispute Settlement, Research Methods in ELR, Discrimination in Employment, Processes of Collective Bargaining, Compensation and Benefits Administration, Conflict Resolution, and other selected electives.

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the IUP School of Graduate Study and Research.

Required Core

  • ELR 610 – Employee Rights Under Law
  • ELR 613 – Fundamentals of the American Labor Movement
  • ELR 615 – Dispute Settlement
  • ELR 619 – Research Methods In ILR
  • ELR 625 – Processes of Collective Bargaining
  • ELR 631 – Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
  • ELR 641 – Contract Administration
  • Fifteen elective credits

*Required and elective course descriptions can be viewed in the Graduate Catalog.

For information about the program, including scheduled informational sessions, contact ELR Chair Dr. David Piper at 724-357-4471 and, or Cohort Recruitment Coordinator Dr. Michael Korns at 724-357-4424 and

  • Employment and Labor Relations Department
  • Davis Hall, 4th Floor
    570 South 11th Street
    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.