Graduate Programs in the Department of Employment Relations and Health Services Administration

Students in Employment and Labor Relations classroom

Embrace the Positive Impact of Labor Relations

Your mastery of neutral arbitration techniques will add exceptional value to your professional credentials. Divergent ideas will always be part of the workplace. For this reason, your ability to understand both sides and bring people together will help keep businesses and other institutions productive.

Who Should Consider These Programs?

We often are asked, what kind of undergraduate degree is best suited for IUP's Employment and Labor Relations programs? Our graduate students come from a wide array of interests and degrees. To give you an idea, our ELR students have come from undergraduate programs in: Business Administration, Criminology, Economics, Education, Fashion Merchandising, Food and Nutrition, Foreign Language, History, Hospitality, Human Resources, Political Science, Psychology, Public Affairs, Safety Science, Sociology, and Sports Management.

With four campus sites as well as online learning options, you can make academic arrangements that suit your situation. Our main campus is in Indiana, Pennsylvania. We also offer these degrees through three other campus locations in the state: Harrisburg, Pittsburgh East (Monroeville), and at our Northpointe campus (between Kittanning and Pittsburgh).

You can complete the master's degree in one year full-time, take the option of one online course and one evening course over two years, or spread the courses out over as many as five years. Choose what works best for you.

MA in Human Resources and Employment Relations

This program trains you to become a guiding force in the private and public realm of employment and labor relations. Explore collective bargaining and the management of government agencies and service organizations. Take advantage of the diversity that your fellow students bring to the classroom, many of whom are working professionals who bring valuable insight into the discussions.

When you graduate, you will be able to manage grievances, diffuse conflicts and disagreements in a positive manner, and create a framework and environment that fosters positive working relationships between groups. Over 1,100 alumni have graduated from this insightful and rigorous program since its inception in 1977.

MS in Health Services Administration

This program is a one-of-a-kind program that blends employment management skills with administrative leadership. It's neither a health policy nor a health care administration program. Instead, it offers a unique combination of health policy, health care administration, and employment relations all in a single program.

When you graduate, you can take on leadership roles in various health organizations, including hospitals, nursing homes, insurance companies, and health organizations. As the critical need for health care grows, the market for human services managers will also expand.

The IUP Difference

Multiple Viewpoints. Training methods at IUP are neutral, and our experienced professors bring different viewpoints to the classroom. They don't favor labor or management, but rather emphasize the importance of respecting diverse points of view.

One and Done. You can complete your master's coursework within one year. That works well for those who are concerned about investing the usual two years for a graduate degree. By completing your degree in 12 months, you can quickly make good use of your new credentials and move up the ranks in the workforce.

Online and On-Campus. Our programs offer both online and on-campus courses to provide flexibility for working professionals. On-campus classes take place only in the evenings, allowing full-time workers to enroll. Our two-year program offers the convenience of one online and one evening class each semester. Synchronized learning allows working professionals and long distance students the ability to attend class via video that allows interaction with professor and students.

Dual Enrollment and Early Admission. Students can earn two master's degrees by completing 54 credits in two graduate programs such asHuman Resources and Employment Relations and Health Services Administration. Other dual enrollment programs include Sports Management, MBA, Criminology, Public Affairs, Safety, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Sociology, Adult and Community Education, History, and Nursing Administration.