Labor Studies & Employment Relations

Past Programs


LEARN offers a variety of programs to help advance workers and union members. Past programs include:



Learning Objectives for Undergraduates

Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department


Master's Program

Study Work. Value People. Lead Change.

Choose From a Variety of Rewarding Professions

♦ Manage labor relations for employers

♦ Build a career as a union professional.

♦ Specialize in diversity, globalization and  other hot topics.

How to Apply

Instructions for applying to the Masters and Certificate Programs.

We are delighted that you are interested in applying to our Labor Studies and Employment Relations Masters or Certificate Program.  Click here to read this short guide. 

Click here for tuition and fees for 2014-2015.


See What Our Students & Alumni Are Saying

Jenna Hampton recently began the master's program in Labor and Employment Relations. Read More.

Kevin Jones, HRM '12 is pursuing a masters in Labor and Employment Relations. Read More.


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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.



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

Register for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Courses Now!

The Employment Law for Union Representatives and Attorneys Certificate Program benefits leaders and representatives of unions that want to learn about the laws that govern the American workplace, and the way they interact with collective bargaining agreements. Click here to register!

Union Leadership Academy courses equip union rank-and-file members, emerging union leaders, and new professional union staff with the knowledge to effectively represent the interests of members. Click here to register for courses that will enhance your leadership skills in both your union and in your community!

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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

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.