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:

  • 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

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  • 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 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.

The MLER program is one that allows graduates to gain employment as professionals in a variety of related employment relations careers. Since work constantly changes and evolves, the program focuses on developing a set of core competencies useful in multiple jobs. It is a broad program that prepares students not just for one position, but for a broad range of positions in which having an advanced degree is an advantage in the labor market.

Core Competencies:

A set of required courses foster clear, professional writing; analytic skills; knowledge of research methods; and the acquisition of financial information. Negotiation skills, leadership techniques, emotional intelligence, and group process/teamwork skills are developed in additional courses.

Specializations and Electives:

Since students come from different backgrounds and have different occupational goals, the MLER program allows students to specialize by combining required classes with carefully selected electives. All students have five electives out of thirteen required courses. Students with an interest in combining employer-side labor relations with human resource management are encouraged to take up to three electives from the MHRM program.

By choosing electives wisely, students can create a program that meets their own individual needs. The following are examples of the specializations possible:

Diversity and Workplace Inclusion Specialization

In addition to the required course in Employment Law, potential classes include:

  • The Inclusive Workplace (online class)
  • Immigration, Public Policy, and Worker Rights
  • Women and Work
  • Seminar in Minorities and Work
  • Disability, Work, and Society (taken for graduate credit)
  • Latino Workers in the United States (taken for graduate credit)
  • Asian American Workers in Global Context (taken for graduate credit)

Organizational Leadership and Change Specialization

Potential classes include:

  • Organizational Leadership and Change Management
  • Organizational Design and Structure
  • Group Process and Team Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
  • Globalization, Corporate Restructuring, and Employment
  • Creating and Sustaining a Learning Organization

Labor Relations Specialization (Employer or Employee Representative)

In addition to the required course in Collective Bargaining, potential classes include:

  • Labor Law
  • Public Sector Employment Issues
  • Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
  • Strategic Corporate and Industry Research
  • Negotiation
  • Seminar in International/Comparative Labor and Employment Relations

Labor and Community Leadership Specialization

Potential classes include:

  • Enforcing Worker Rights
  • Organizing for Social Change
  • Immigration, Public Policy, and Worker Rights
  • Globalization, Corporate Restructuring, and Employment
  • Organizational Leadership and Change Management
  • Public Policy Advocacy (taken in Public Policy School)

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated June 24, 2019
This course is Campus based, Online & Campus Combined
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17,244 USD
New Jersey Residents (12 credits or more): $10,248.00 | Out-of-state Residents (12 credits or more): $17,244.00
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