Master's Degree in Labor and Employment Relations

Master's Degree in LER

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The Master of Labor and Employment Relations (MLER) program produces graduates who are thoughtful professionals, informed leaders, and/or researchers grounded in contemporary reality. Graduates have careers in many types of organizations, ranging from corporations to non-profits, from unions to other social justice organizations, and from state or federal government agencies to public policy institutes. 

With our degree, you might:

From left, Susan Lasher, LER '14 and MLER '16 and Akhila Naik, MRM '14 and MLER ’17
From left, Susan Lasher, LER '14 and MLER '16 and
Akhila Naik, MLER Advisor and Director of Student
Services, SMLR '14. 

  • Manage employment relations for employers
  • Build a career as a union professional
  • Specialize in diversity, globalization, or other hot topics
  • Get a great job in a government agency like the NLRB
  • Lead a community or non-profit organization
  • Combine labor relations with human resources
  • Manage people well in many types of organizations

Explore Exciting Ideas with Top Instructors

  • Classes both build skills and expand intellectual horizons
  • Engaging real-world courses are taught by nationally-known scholars
  • Part-time or full-time student is available
  • Online courses increase your options
  • Get both the employee and the employer perspective

It’s a Professional Program Helping You to:

  • Be a role model for your family
  • Move up at your current employer
  • Teach others what you have learned
  • Advance justice, diversity, or your other ideals   

What Sets the MLER Program Apart?


  • Expand your intellectual horizons from both the employee and employer perspective.
  • Understand employment relations from a range of different perspectives, such as: labor, management, employees, citizen activists, and that of society as a whole.


  • Acquire current, leadership skills needed to maximize your future professional employment opportunities in a work world of constant change.
  • Build the professional skills that are appropriate for multiple and varied career goals. 


  • Join a supportive learning environment that values critical thinking and intellectual exchange and will connect you to a community of active scholars, teachers, learners, and involved citizens. 
  • Network with employment relations professionals in New Jersey.


  • Courses are scheduled at times convenient for working adults. You may complete the MLER program on either a full-time or part-time basis.


Complete the form below to receive more information about the Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LSER) programs. We look forward to hearing from you!