Labor Studies & Employment Relations

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Study Work. Value People. Lead Change.

The Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department offers a number of undergraduate programs that explore the nature of work and the workplace. Courses are taught by a world-renowned faculty known for their teaching ability, cutting-edge research, and real-world experience in the field.

What's the Difference Between a B.A. and B.S.?

Choosing a B.A. or B.S. Degree

Although these two degrees are very similar, their general education requirements, major requirements, and student policies are somewhat different. Because of this, you may find that one of these degrees meets your individual needs better than the other.

Minors and Concentrations

The 18 credit Labor Studies and Employment Relations Minor is available to all Rutgers students and includes the option to be further specialized according to your interests and career goals. Both the general minor and the following specialized minors are currently available.

The Human Resource Management Department also offers an HRM Minor.

Our Students


Sean Campbell, a SMLR graduate, speaks about the value of the program in building career skills. 

Departmental Honors

To receive Departmental Honors, students must have the following GPA in the major:

• “Honors” are awarded to all graduating seniors with a grade point average of 3.50 or better.

• “High Honors” to those with an average of 3.70 or better.

• “Highest Honors” to those with an average of 3.85 or better.

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Labor Education and Research Now (LEARN): Empowering Minds. Transforming Lives.

A complex and ever-changing set of federal and state laws govern the American workplace. Union representatives must understand basic provisions of these laws and how they interact with collective bargaining agreements in order to protect their members’ rights in the workplace. Click here to register!

For more than fifty years, the Union Leadership Academy (ULA) has provided an outstanding leadership development program for New Jersey union members and leaders. The curriculum is designed to equip emerging leaders with new knowledge and effective leadership skills; over the years, many ULA graduates have advanced their leadership position in their unions and in their communities. Take a class today and become the leader you want to be tomorrow! Click here to register for courses!

Collective bargaining plays a vital role in public sector labor and employment relations in New Jersey. The Public Sector Labor Relations Certificate Program provides labor and management representatives with critical knowledge and skills to prevent labor disputes, resolve grievances effectively, and engage in productive collective negotiation. Click here to register for courses!

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Conference Room Rentals

 The Labor Education Center (LEC) offers classroom and conference room rentals and conferencing services for unions and all other organizations at reasonable rates. The Labor Education Center  is easily accessible from all major highways and has ample parking space.

For more information on renting space at the Labor Education Center, call 848-932-9504.  

Public Sector Labor-Management Relations Graduate Certificate

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This four-course certificate program helps students develop a broad perspective on public sector labor-management relations issues—involving teachers, Rutgers university employees, police officers, and other public employees. As a student in this certificate program, you must take either Public Sector Employment Issues or Public Sector Collective Bargaining (or both). You can then select 2–3 additional classes from the following:

Labor and Employment Relations Certificate

This certificate program in the general area of labor and employment relations involves successful completion of four graduate courses offered by the Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department. The courses must be selected in consultation with the Credit Director of the MLER program. Usually, one of these courses will be the Introductory Seminar in Labor and Employment Relations, because that class offers a wide overview of the field.

Tuition and Fees (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

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The percentage of tuition and fees increases are determined in early July every year by the Rutgers Board of Governors, not the individual colleges. 

The mandatory fees below must be paid once each semester, regardless of the number of courses taken.

There is an additional fee of $100 per online course. 

Student Services | Newly Admitted Students

Welcome to the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.

In preparation for beginning your Rutgers education, we ask that you join us on campus to learn more about our program, meet with an academic adviser and select courses for the upcoming semester. 

Returning and school-to school transfer students are highly encouraged to register for an Academic Planning and Advising session as well as complete the below necessary steps as needed.


Our faculty members are leading researchers nationally and internationally in the field of labor and employment relations. We conduct rigorous research and publish findings that assist workers, unions, labor-related organizations, and policymakers to respond to emerging labor, employment, and collective bargaining issues. We also undertake research projects on a contract basis for unions and labor-related organizations. 

Union Leadership Academy

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On December 1, Union Leadership Academy (ULA) held a shop steward training session for International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 68 in West Caldwell, NJ. Attendees, seen above, will advance their leadership skills through ULA’s classes.