The School of Labor and Employment Relations offers three master’s degrees, two residentially at Penn State University Park and another through Penn State World Campus.
In July 2020, the School of Labor and Employment Relations and the School of Public Policy hosted the first virtual Professional Graduate Degree Program Fair. The webinar discussed program options, curriculum, career outcomes, and earnings for grads, the application process, opportunities for undergraduates, life at Penn State, and more. The event also included a panel discussion featuring faculty and students from SPP and LER.
Residential - University Park
Penn State’s residential Master of Science in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER) is a two–year, 39-credit program. The mission of the School of Labor and Employment Relations’s M.S. in HRER 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.
The Center for Global Workers’ Rights and the School of Labor and Employment Relations, in coordination with the Global Labour University, offers a twelve-month M.P.S. program in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights. The program, designed for mid-career U.S. and international labor practitioners, focuses on strategic corporate research and campaigns, international and comparative employment relations systems, and workers’ rights in the global economy.
World Campus - Online
Penn State’s online Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER) degree program balances advanced theory with practical knowledge, making it an important credential for you, the experienced human resources professional. It is also an excellent choice for those students desiring to prepare for an entry-level position in human resources and employment relations. As of 2021, this program is confirmed to be in alignment with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.
Integrated Programs (Residential/Online)
The School of Labor and Employment Relations also offers several integrated programs both online and at our University Park campus. Our most popular integrated program is the residential five-year Bachelor of Science in Labor and Employment Relations/Master of Science in Human Resources and Employment Relations.
Additionally, we offer a fully online integrated program: Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations and Bachelor of Science in Labor and Human Resources.
Beyond that, opportunities for residential students interested in integrated programs include:
- Bachelor of Science in Spanish and Master of Science in Human Resources and Employment Relations
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Human Resources and Employment Relations
And for residential students interested in pursuing both a master’s degree and a law degree, Penn State offers an integrated J.D./M.S. in HRER program.
Doctoral Minor (Residential)
For students registered for a doctoral degree at Penn State, there is the possibility to add a doctoral minor in Human Resources and Employment Relations.