The Master of Labor and Employment Relations (MLER) degree program prepares students for professional employment relations careers in a variety of settings, including unions, corporations, government, and community organizations. Required classes and electives provide a broad-based multidisciplinary education in labor relations, organizational/social change, employee diversity, workplace justice, human resource systems, and the impact of the globalization on employees.

Many students attend part time in the evening and combine their studies with work that also helps advance their careers. The goal of the program is to produce graduates who are thoughtful professionals, informed leaders, and/or researchers grounded in the contemporary reality of work and employment relations.

Graduates of the master's program in labor and employment relations follow a variety of career paths:

Salaries of MLER Students upon Graduation

Financial Editor * Law Firm $100,000
Director of Research * Union $91,000
HR Director Hospital $90,000
Assistant Director of Regional Programs * Union $85,000
Associate Director and  Acting Director * University $85,000
President Local Union $75,000
Assistant to the VP of HR and Labor Relations University $72,000
Director of University Outreach University $69,000
Staff Political Department Union  $68,000
Continuing Legal Education Coordinator Law Firm $68,000
Organizer Union $64,000
Program Manager University  $60,000
Staff Agent, Unfair Practices and Representation * Government $60,000
Staff Representative Local Union $57,000
HR Talent Acquisition and Labor Relations Corporation $55,000
Field Examiner Government $52,000
HR Specialist, Employee Relations, Labor  Hospital $50,280
Labor Relations Analyst Government $50,000
Jr. Policy Analyst Government  $45,986
Analyst Labor Relations Department Employer Organization $45,516
Executive Director Community Organization $36,000
Labor Arbitrator–Court Order Mediation Self Employed Part-time $20,000

Employers include:

Cornell Industrial & Labor Relations

CWA Local 1037

DEVRY University

Fashion Institute of Technology

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Freedman

National Labor Relations Board

New Labor NJ School Boards Association

North West Hospital

NY & NJ Regional Joint Board


Ontario Government Ministry of Disability Support


Rutgers Graduate Admissions


Self Employed

Sidoti & Co, LLC

URA/AFT Local 1766

Veterans Affairs Hospital

Walgreens Corporation

Workers United International Union