Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

School of Human Resources and Labor Relations

Graduate Study
Human Resources and Labor Relations - Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations

The Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations is the school’s signature graduate degree, offered on a full-time basis in East Lansing, Michigan.  With a diverse and highly qualified student body, the master’s program is universally regarded as one of the premier professional programs of its kind in the world.  Preparing future leaders for professional careers, students receive a comprehensive, contemporary foundation in human resources and labor relations, gain a broad global perspective, and learn to apply best practices, lead organizational change, and act strategically as business leaders. 
The curriculum offers a wide range of courses across required core knowledge areas including:  human resource management, labor-management relations, organizational change, business acumen, international human resources and employment relations, workplace law, economics of human resources, and quantitative methods for human resource analyses.

In addition to classroom instruction, nearly all students participate in paid summer internships with companies between their first and second year in the program.  Through these summer internships, students receive invaluable mentoring and on-the-job learning, working as members of specific project teams and undertaking individual assignments.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Social Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the master's degree program, a student must have a bachelor's degree and a cumulative grade–point average of 3.00 or higher in the junior and senior years. Applicants must have satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test or on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Applicants with five or more years of relevant work experience with successful professional records may be able to substitute that work experience for GRE or GMAT test scores. Applicants must complete one course in microeconomic principles, one course in statistics, and one course in behavioral sciences with a minimum grade of 3.0 in each course. In addition, applicants will be judged on the quality of their statement of objectives and three letters of reference.

Requirements for the Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations Degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations

The program is available under both Plan A (with thesis) and Plan B (without thesis).  The student must complete 36 credits with a grade–point average of at least 3.00.

1. All of the following courses (15 credits):
HRLR 809 Economics of Human Resources 3
HRLR 813 Organizational Behavior for Human Resources and Labor Relations 3
HRLR 820 Human Resource Practices and Decisions 3
HRLR 832 Quantitative Methods for Human Resources Analyses 3
HRLR 858 Collective Bargaining 3
2. One course from each of the following core knowledge areas (12 credits):
Human Resource Management
HRLR 821 Talent Acquisition and Deployment 3
HRLR 822 Training and Development 3
HRLR 825 Compensation 3
HRLR 828 Human Resource Information Systems 3
HRLR 829 Foundations of Employee Benefits 3
International Human Resources and Labor Relations
HRLR 854 Comparative Employment Relations 3
HRLR 855 International Human Resources 3
HRLR 859 Study Abroad in Human Resources and Labor Relations 3
Workplace Law
HRLR 863 Labor Law 3
HRLR 868 Employment Law 3
Strategy and Firm Performance
HRLR 871 Human Resource and Firm Performance 3
HRLR 872 Human Resources Strategy 3
3. Nine additional credits in courses approved by the student’s academic advisor or guidance committee. Students pursuing Plan A (with thesis) must complete 4 credits of HRLR 899 Master’s Thesis Research as part of this elective requirement.