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MA in Employment and Labor Relations

Alumni Testimonials

A tremendously insightful and rigorous program, with infinitely helpful professors. An experience I will always remember, complete with friends made for life.
Alex Hajduk, National Labor Relations Board, Los Angeles

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Join the Employment and Labor Relations Program

The Master of Arts in ELR is a multidisciplinary program designed to prepare professionals for a career in the field of employment and labor relations in the public and private sector in management, unions, government agencies, and neutral and service organizations. We have successfully graduated over 800 alumni from the program since its inception in 1977.

Why the ELR Program at IUP?

  • Our program strikes a perfect balance between theory, history, law, and the practical application of employment and labor relations and human resources.
  • You can select from an array of electives to customize your study and meet your career goals.
  • Our program provides you with hands-on practical experience in employment and labor relations and human resources. In addition to traditional coursework, you can take advantage of workshops, internships, conferences, leadership retreats, and other student activities to broaden your preparation for the field.

Your ELR Program

Our program keeps you abreast with all the latest tools, techniques, and standards in employment and labor relations. In addition, our graduates are exemplary at managing the ever-changing environment of employment and labor relations. A graduate of this program is able to manage grievances, diffuse conflicts and disagreements in a positive manner, and create a framework and environment to foster positive working relationships between groups. The Employment and Labor Relations degree is designed to instill students with skills to analyze performance and make insights into optimizing employee productivity. IUP’s ELR program enables graduates to be adept in negotiating and creating guidelines that enforce compliance of various contracts, such as collective bargaining agreements.

This program provides a comprehensive education that makes our graduates active participants in organizational strategic planning as well as skillfull problem solvers in today’s dynamic business environments.

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Contact the Program Coordinator

Dr. David Piper

Employment and Labor Relations
Keith Hall 3C

Phone: (724) 357-4471


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  • Department of Employment and Labor Relations
  • 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.