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

Specific Required Courses

  • Introductory Seminar in Labor and Employment Relations
    (Taken in your first or second semester in the program)
  • Collective Bargaining & Worker Representation

Core Competencies

Choose at least one from each of the following areas:

  • Labor Law
  • Employment Law
  • Immigration Law
Workforce Diversity
  • Women & Work
  • Identity and Discrimination at Work and in the U.S. Labor Market
  • Immigration, Public Policy, and Worker Rights
  • The Inclusive Workplace
Institutional Variety
  • Seminar in International/Comparative Employment Relations
  • Globalization, Corporate Restructuring and Employment
  • Labor/Employment History
Economic Policy
  • Economics and Demographics of Labor Markets
  • Economics and Public Policy in a Global Context
  • Financial Analysis & Corporate Governance
  • HR Decision Making: Financial Decisions
Research Methods
  • Research Methods in Labor & Employment Relations
  • Problem Solving Tools & Analysis in Employment Relations
  • HR Decision Making: Data Based Decisions
  • Designing and Administering Surveys

Additional Requirements

We offer a rich array of electives to keep you up to date in your area and personalize your graduate program based on your individual interests and aspirations. In addition, students take 15 credits of graduate-level elective courses offered through the School of Management and Labor Relations, or other Rutgers graduate programs in related areas such as sociology, public policy, or human resource management.

Six of those elective credits must be from the Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department.