M.A. in Employment and Labor Relations

  • The Master of Arts in Employment and Labor Relations is a multidisciplinary, graduate-degree program designed to prepare professional practitioners in the field of employment and labor relations in public and private management, unions, government agencies, and neutral and service organizations. The 36-semester-hour program consists of a required core of 21 semester hours and elective course offerings totaling 15 semester hours.

    In consultation with the advisor, each student will individually build the elective sequence of the program of study by choosing 15 elective semester hours from among employment and labor relations courses and courses approved by the advisor that are offered by other departments.

    Students are strongly encouraged to elect an internship to integrate theory and practice in the field.

    Admission Criteria


    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
    2. Minimum QPA of 3.0 if graduated with a BS or BA within five years of the application date. If the bachelor’s degree is older than five years, the minimum QPA required is 2.6.
    3. Evidence of course work in statistics and research methodology and design.
    4. Two letters of recommendation. If bachelor’s degree was earned within five years, at least one letter must be from a faculty member or the dean/director of undergraduate program. If degree is older than five years, both letters must be from employers or professional colleagues. Personal letters of recommendation are not acceptable.
    5. Satisfactory professional essay (minimum of two typewritten pages) to include a description of:
      • A significant professional accomplishment
      • Expectations of graduate study
      • Career goals

    Program Requirements

    I. Required Core (21 cr.)

    ELR/HSAD 610 Employee Rights under Law 3 cr.
    ELR 613 Fundamentals of the American Labor Movement: Theory and Practice 3 cr.
    ELR 615 Dispute Settlement 3 cr.
    ELR /HSAD 619 Advanced Research in Employment Relations and Health Services Administration 3 cr.
    ELR 625 Processes of Collective Bargaining 3 cr.
    ELR/HSAD 631 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector 3 cr.
    ELR 641 Contract Administration 3 cr.

    II. Elective Area (15 cr.)

    Fifteen semester hours chosen from other elective courses in Employment and Labor Relations or from related departments with the approval of student’s advisor and the chair of the department.