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MS in Human Resources and Employment Relations

Penn State’s residential Master of Science in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER) is a two–year, 37-credit program. The mission of the School of Labor and Employment Relations’ MS in Human Resources and Employment Relations program is to prepare students to excel in a variety of human resource management and employment relations roles by developing students’ functional knowledge, business acumen, global and ethical awareness, and analytical and strategic thinking skills required to facilitate employee and organizational success. Further, the program highlights the growing importance of diversity in the workforce and the globalization of public and private organizations.

Career Opportunities for MS in HRER Grads

Graduates of the Penn State HRER master's program have great success when they enter the job market. Almost all of our alums have at least one job offer prior to graduation. Many have multiple offers. Earning a Master's degree usually results in salaries that are $15,000-$30,000 above those of undergraduates entering similar fields. Starting salaries generally range from $65,000-$80,000. The average offer made to our 2017 graduates was $73,000. While most students find jobs with corporations and consulting companies, employment opportunities also are available in unions, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. some graduates from our program also elect to continue their studies at law school or in a PhD program.