Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

School of Human Resources and Labor Relations

Graduate Study
Human Resources and Labor Relations - Doctor of Philosophy

The School of Human Resources and Labor Relations offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations to prepare students for a career as a scholar in human resources or labor and employment relations in a tenure-track position at a research-oriented university.  Students study employment phenomena from the perspective of multiple actors including employees, employers, unions, the government, and society at-large. The program integrates tools from diverse disciplines including economics, management, and psychology.

Admission

Admission to this doctoral program is based on an evaluation of the student’s academic record, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores, letters of recommendation, written statements, and an application form. For further details, visit our Web site at www.hrlr.msu.edu.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations

Students will complete course work and seminars within the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, and within other departments in the university. Students will be required to pass comprehensive examinations based on their course work, to demonstrate research competency by writing an empirical research paper, and to defend their dissertation successfully. Students must:

1.   Complete the following courses (15 credits):  
    HRLR 991A Theoretical Perspectives in Human Resource Management 3
    HRLR 991B Theoretical Perspectives in Labor and Employment Relations 3
    HRLR 992A Research Perspectives in Human Resource Management 3
    HRLR 992B Research Perspectives in Labor and Employment Relations 3
    HRLR 993 Research Methods for Human Resource and Labor Relations 3
2.   Complete three doctoral level research methods courses within other departments approved by the student’s doctoral committee.
3.   Complete four doctoral level courses in other departments approved by the student’s doctoral committee.
4.   Complete 24 credits of HRLR 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research.