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Paul Clark receives 2014 President's Award
The award recognizes scholars and teachers who exemplify research, outreach, leadership, and administrative excellence. Paul Clark, director of the School of Labor and Employment Relations, has been instrumental in developing World Campus programs in HR and LER.
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Advance Your Career with a Master’s in Human Resources and Employment Relations – 100% 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 HR professional. You can be prepared to help top executives factor human resources into their strategic plans.
As you earn your degree online while continuing to work, you can meet the challenges of complex employee benefit plans, new labor laws, and employee rights more efficiently and with greater confidence.
The Penn State online master’s program in HRER can also prepare you for upper-level positions in:
- human resources, as manager of compensation and benefits, or training and development
- labor relations, to meet the growing demand for a graduate degree needed for a position as union leader, professional staff, director of industrial relations, contract negotiator, mediator, or arbitrator
What Makes Penn State’s Online HRER Program Different?
Penn State’s online HRER program is offered in partnership with Penn State’s renowned School of Labor and Employment Relations, which has been designing high-quality degree programs since 1942. Now, their programs are:
- aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Template
- granted Approved Provider status by the HR Certification Institute
As a student studying online, you can expect the same quality education that our residential students experience — high academic standards for courses taught by the same faculty with real-world experience, who have been trained to teach online.
Master’s in Human Resources and Employment Relations Video
Learn more about the World Campus human resources program in this video:
Penn State’s Online HRER Curriculum
The HRER master’s curriculum begins by building a strong fundamental knowledge of HR and labor. Courses then help you understand the roles that employers, employees, unions, and government play in the employment relationship; analyze the complex personal, legal, and organizational issues inherent in this relationship; grasp the ethical dimensions of human resources and employment relations; analyze complex employment issues; and administer labor and human resource systems.
Your course work culminates in a capstone class in which you will demonstrate an understanding of the curriculum and apply it to your professional areas of interest.
You will choose your HR career track by selecting courses in seven concentrations:
- benefits and compensation
- labor and collective bargaining
- employment and labor law
- staffing, training, and development
- Ethics and Leadership
- International Human Resources and Employment Relations
- Labor Unions: Organization and Strategy
If you would like to speak to a graduate of the program, use the "Request Info" button to receive a follow up email with an invitation to speak to an Alumni Ambassador. These graduates have offered to answer specific questions and discuss any concerns you may be having before you apply.