Labor Studies & Employment Relations

Internships and Placement

Internships

Students without significant work experience are encouraged to pursue internships to improve their employment opportunities upon graduation. Paid and unpaid internships are available both locally and throughout the United States and may be arranged by either the department or the student.

Specializations & Concentrations

The MLER program allows students to specialize by combining required classes with carefully selected electives. All students have five electives, and those who are in the five-year Bachelor's/Master's program typically have up to three additional electives.

Concentrations are not formal. Instead, students can tailor their program to meet their own individual needs. The following are examples of programs for students with particular interests:

COURSE SYLLABUS/MASTERS LABOR & EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

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Graduate Courses

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.

Requirements

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.