Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations
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Get the HR Credential You Need to Advance Your Career
In the past, human resources workers primarily managed the administrative functions of an organization’s workforce. Today, HR and employment relations professionals not only manage these important tasks, but are increasingly called on to help top executives with strategic planning.
Complex employee benefit plans, new labor laws, a focus on employee rights, and the increasing need for organizations of all kinds — corporations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, etc. — to hire and retain talented employees mean that you need to upgrade your knowledge and abilities in human resource management to advance in your career.
A master’s degree is an important credential — whether you’re seeking a top management position in human resources or labor relations.
Why Human Resources and Employment Relations at Penn State
Penn State’s online master’s degree program balances advanced theory with practical knowledge. In addition to basic human resource management, the curriculum covers labor and employment law, employment relations, compensation, staffing and training, and labor and collective bargaining. This comprehensive approach can help prepare you for whatever HR career path you pursue.
This degree program is offered in partnership with Penn State’s renowned School of Labor and Employment Relations. Since its founding in 1942, the department has offered high-quality degree programs, engaging students in employment-related research, and conducting outreach education programs for unions and other organizations. The program is aligned with the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Template and has been granted Approved Provider status by the HR Certification Institute. Our faculty has extensive expertise in fields such as labor law, employment relations, global human resources, labor economics and organizational behavior.
Choose Your HR Career Track
To help you meet your HR career goals, you can focus your studies in one of the following four concentrations:
- benefits and compensation
- labor and collective bargaining
- employment and labor law
- staffing, training, and development
Who Should Apply?
The Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations is designed for people who are already working in a human resources or employment relations field or have a strong fundamental understanding of HR and labor.
Career Opportunities for HRER Graduates
As an experienced professional with a master’s degree, you can be better prepared for a variety of positions in upper-level human resource management or labor relations, including:
- director of human resources
- director of industrial relations
- human resources manager
- compensation and benefits manager
- training and development manager
- labor relations manager
- contract negotiators, mediators and arbitrators
Online Education at Penn State
Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.