The principal objective of the Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources (MLRHR) degree program is to help graduates begin careers, or advance their careers, in human resources and labor relations. Specific objectives of the program include:
The program is designed to accommodate working students, with courses regularly offered during evening hours. While a majority of enrollees are part-time students taking courses in the evening, the program enrolls many full-time students who normally take three to four semesters to complete the degree. Advising is handled by the Department of Management office (BU 433). Upon acceptance, you will receive an email from the department with information about the program and this will allow for advising to take place via email, or you can directly email the Department Chair.
Exit Requirement: PHR Exam
Students in the MLRHR Program are required to take the PHR practice assessment exam in their last semester of study. This requirement can be waived for students documenting current certification or those taking the actual certification exam. The purpose of this requirement is to help get students ready to take the actual professional designation test to help further their careers. Instructions for setting up an account and submitting scores are available here. Questions should be directed to Dr. Tim DeGroot in the Management Department (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students must demonstrate proficiency in economics and organizational behavior. This proficiency must be demonstrated through prior course work with a grade of C or better taken within the past ten years prior to admittance. Students lacking relevant prior course work are required to take one or more of the following courses or their equivalents:
|ECN 503||Economic Concepts||3|
|MLR 501||Management and Organizational Behavior||3|
A student may be admitted without such course work, but must remove
the deficiency within the first two semesters. Students who do not remove
the deficiency are not permitted to enroll for further course work.
Required Core Courses (24 credits)
The following are required for all MLRHR students:
|MLR 522||Labor Law||3|
|MLR 531||Employment Practices Law||3|
|MLR 600||Quantitative Methods in Human Resource Management||3*|
|MLR 601||Human Resources Management and Labor Relations||3|
|MLR 602||Advanced Wage and Employment Theory||3|
|MLR 640||Performance Appraisal, Compensation, and Benefits||3|
|MLR 641||Employment Planning, Personnel Selection, and Training||3|
|MLR 651||Collective Bargaining||3|
* Students admitted to the MLRHR program in Spring 2012 or later, MLR 600 is a required course. Students admitted to the MLRHR program prior to Spring 2012 follow the previous curriculum.
Elective Courses (9 credits)
Students select an additional nine credit hours to complete the requirements for the degree. Elective course selections must be made with the consent of the student’s program advisor. One elective course must be at the 600 level.
Electives offered within the Department of Management and Labor Relations include the following:
|MLR 504||Organizational Theory and Design||3|
|MLR 511||Labor History||3|
|MLR 521||Comparative Labor Systems||3|
|MLR 523||Labor Relations in Public Employment||3|
|MLR 555||Labor-Management Cooperative Practices||3|
|MLR 557||Human Resource Information Systems||3|
|MLR 577||Managerial Skill Development||3|
|MLR 604||Leadership and Interpersonal Effectiveness||3|
|MLR 605||Organizational Development||3|
|MLR 607||Total Quality Management||4|
|MLR 609||Individual Differences||3|
|MLR 611||Team Problem-Solving Process||2|
|MLR 686||Current Problems in Management and Labor Relations||3|
|MLR 690||Professional Internship||1-3|
|MLR 696||Alternative Dispute Resolution||3|
|MLR 698||Independent Study||1-3|
Electives offered outside of the department include, but are not limited to such courses as:
|HCA 511||Decision Models and Statistics for Health Care Managers|
|HCA 515||Medical Care Organization|
|HCA 555||Analysis of Health Care Markets|
|PSY 511||Univariate Statistics|
|PSY 514||Foundations of Diversity Management (2 credits) Note Diversity course schedule|
|PSY 516||Social Psychological Foundations of Diversity|
|PSY 518||Personnel Psychology|
|PSY 551||Diagnosing Diversity in Orgs ***note different schedule for Diversity courses|
|PSY 552||Assessing, Measuring and Evaluating Diversity|
|PSY 553||Facilitation of Diversity Issues|
|PSY 630||Diversity Issues in Human Resource Management|
|ALD 605||Psych of the Adult Learner|
|ALD 645||Organizational Behavior & Change (different than basic OB course)|
|ALD 646||HRD for Adult Educators|
|ALD 663||Program Planning|
|ALD 664||Instructional Principles for Adult Learners|
|COM 544||Mediation and CB Problem Solving|
|PAD 572||Negotiation & Conflict Management|
|PAD 630||Public HRM|
Students also may seek approval for a course that meets their career needs, yet is not on the list. Prerequisite and/or waivable courses may not be used to satisfy elective credit.
The MLR department’s full-time faculty members represent a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds. Our faculty’s areas of expertise include:
Students applying to the MLRHR program apply to the College of Graduate Studies. They will be required to take either the GMAT or GRE exam and submit results before being considered for admission. However, MLRHR applicants are not required to submit letters of recommendation.
Applicants should adhere to the detailed application procedure and recommended application schedule as outlined on the Graduate College Web site.
Applicants should note that GMAT test registration forms and fees must be received by the Educational Testing Service at least three weeks before the testing day selected. The GMAT test is given continuously throughout the year. Information and applications may be obtained from the CSU Testing Center, room UC 253b, (216) 687-2272. Alternatively, you may contact GMAT at 1-800-717-GMAT or visit their web site at http://www.mba.com/mba/TaketheGMAT.
Students are permitted to complete a maximum of twelve credit hours with non-degree status. However, please note: non-degree seeking students are NOT allowed to take 600 level courses. Thus, the only courses that would count toward an MLRHR degree that can be taken as a non-degree seeking student are: MLR 501, 522, 533, ECN 503 and any MLR elective that is at the 500 level. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Students who wish to change programs from another Master's program into the MLRHR program must meet the same admission requirements as a new student. Again, there are no exceptions to this rule.
The College of Business Administration and the MLR Department have a limited number of Graduate Assistantships available each year. Because the MLR Department houses its own Master’s Program (the MLRHR), preference for assistantships available within the Department is given to MLRHR students. MLR Department Graduate Assistantships are based on merit, not need. Students with high undergraduate grades and superior admissions test scores are invited to inquire well in advance of enrollment about the availability of positions beginning the semester they start the MLRHR. Assistantshiips are renewable semester by semester based upon satisfactory performance of assistant duties. Full-time assistantships carry a stipend and provide in-state tuition for 9 graduate credit hours per semester while part-time assistantships provide in-state tuition for 9 hours.Those who are granted Assistantships are assigned to work 10 or 20 hours per week with professors within the department. To begin the application process, please visit http://www.csuohio.edu/business/currstudents/gradassistant.html.
Please contact the Department of Management & Labor Relations for more information.
Department of Management & Labor Relations
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, BU 433
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214