Master of Labor Relations & Human Resources

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:

  • Providing education in the fundamental principles of human resources and labor relations.
  • Providing a better understanding of human resource data and its use in such areas as testing, program evaluation, selection, and survey research.
  • Providing an awareness of the political and legal environments in which human resource and labor relations systems function.
  • Providing an interdisciplinary perspective of the field.

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.


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.

PHR Exam Instructions can be downloaded here:PHRExaminstructions_MGTStudents.pdf

Questions should be directed to Dr. Tim DeGroot in the Management Department (

Prerequisite Courses:

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
MGT 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:




MGT 522 Labor Law 3
MGT 531 Employment Practices Law 3
MGT 600 Quantitative Methods in Human Resource Management 3
MGT 601 Human Resources Management and Labor Relations 3
MGT 602 Advanced Wage and Employment Theory 3
MGT 640 Performance Appraisal, Compensation, and Benefits 3
MGT 641 Employment Planning, Personnel Selection, and Training 3
MGT 651 Collective Bargaining 3
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 include:




MGT 504 Organizational Theory and Design 3
MGT 511 Labor History 3
MGT 521 Comparative Labor Systems 3
MGT 523 Labor Relations in Public Employment 3
MGT 555 Labor-Management Cooperative Practices 3
MGT 557 Human Resource Information Systems 3
MGT 577 Managerial Skill Development 3
MGT 604 Leadership and Interpersonal Effectiveness 3
MGT 605 Organizational Development 3
MGT 607 Total Quality Management 4
MGT 609 Individual Differences 3
MGT 611 Team Problem-Solving Process 2
MGT 686 Current Problems in Management and Labor Relations 3
MGT 690 Professional Internship 1-3
MGT 696 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
MGT 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 Management Department’s full-time faculty members represent a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds. Our faculty’s areas of expertise include:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Strategic Management
  • Decision Making
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Leadership
  • Equal Opportunity

How to Apply:

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 to the MLRHR program must meet the Admission Requirements for the Graduate College, as well as the Admission Requirements for the MLRHR program.

Applicants should adhere to the detailed application procedure and recommended application schedule as outlined on the Graduate College website.

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

Non-Degree Students:

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 MGT 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.

Graduate Assistantships:

The College of Business Administration and the Management Department have a limited number of Graduate Assistantships available each year. Because the Management Department houses its own Master’s Program (the MLRHR), preference for assistantships available within the Department is given to MLRHR students. Management 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. Assistantships 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 review the requirements and get the application here.

For more Information:

Please contact the Department of Management for more information.

MLRHR Program
Department of Management
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, BU 433
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214