Labor Studies & Employment Relations


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Graduate Courses

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The MLER Graduate Courses give students a broad background in Labor and Employment Relations—taught by a world-renowned faculty—while allowing for a degree of specialization within the degree.

38:578:500 Introductory Seminar in Labor and Employment Relations (3)

Critical challenges facing workers, employers, labor organizations, and the public with regard to work and employee representation. Brief Syllabus


To earn the Master of Labor and Employment Relations (MLER) degree, students successfully complete 39 graduate credits in a variety of areas.

Work Organization and Management

Do you want a career managing people instead of finances or things? Are you interested in how teams are replacing assembly lines in some workplaces or how bureaucracy is changing in global corporations? 

Work, Globalization, and Migration

Globalization—the international movement of people, goods, and ideas—is remaking New Jersey and the rest of the world on a daily basis. Immigration, outsourcing of work, and new types of work in an internet-connected world all have had a huge impact on American workers. As citizens and public policymakers struggle with how to protect labor standards in an ever more global economy, studying how other nations have maintained good jobs in open economies can enable you to help reshape our institutions to operate more effectively in a global environment.

Law and the Workplace

Are you concerned about advancing the fair treatment of individuals? Are you interested in learning about dignity and rights at work? Do you know enough about your own rights at work—or do you need to know more? Are you considering going to law school?

Labor Unions and Social Movements

Do you want to help people achieve dignity at work—along with better treatment and a higher standard of living? Are you intrigued by recent social movements—some of which are from the political right and some of which are from the left? Do you realize that New Jersey is one of the most unionized states in the United States and that by studying unions you can have excellent employment opportunities?

Diversity in the Workplace

Do you have a passion for understanding the situation of, and improving the treatment of, a particular group of Americans—such as Asian Americans, Haitian immigrants, or people with disabilities?

There is much to learn about how to achieve social justice for everyone by studying the struggles of various diverse groups in the workplace and in society.

Minors & Concentrations

Labor Studies and Employment Relations Minor

Five-Year Joint Bachelor's/Master's

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The School of Management & Labor Relations allows qualified students to complete both a Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies and Employment Relations, or a Bachelor of Science in Labor Employment Relationsand a Master of Labor and Employment Relations degree in just five years of full-time study.