Integrated BS / MPS

The integrated undergraduate/graduate (IUG) program is designed for academically talented World Campus students to obtain both the Bachelor of Science in Labor and Employment Relations and the Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations in less time than it would traditionally take you to earn both degrees independently.

This intense, accelerated program of study can help you develop knowledge in the human resources and employment relations field beyond the undergraduate degree. The undergraduate curriculum in the Bachelor of Science in Labor and Employment Relations introduces you to:

  • roles played by employers, employees, employee organizations, and public policy makers in the employment relationship
  • complex personal and organizational issues inherent in the employment relationship
  • laws that form the legal framework for the employee-employer relationship
  • tools you need to systematically analyze those complex issues and evaluate research relevant to those analyses

The graduate curriculum in the Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations provides you with a more focused examination of the human resources and employment relations field. It also provides an opportunity for you to further explore an area of concentration within the HRER field.

You are required to successfully complete a minimum of 33 credits for the MPS degree in HRER. This includes 9 credits (400 level and above) that can apply to both undergraduate and graduate degrees, and 6 of these credits must be at a 500 or 800 level.


The IUG program is limited to exceptionally motivated undergraduate students. If you are interested in applying to the IUG program, you must:

  1. be enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Labor and Employment Relations degree program
  2. be admitted no earlier than the beginning of the third semester of undergraduate study at Penn State (regardless of transfer or AP credits accumulated prior to enrollment) and no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the semester of expected conferral of the undergraduate degree, as specified in the proposed IUG plan of study.
  3. have an overall GPA of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate course work and a minimum GPA of 3.6 in the major
  4. possess the equivalent of two years of full-time work experience prior to admission

Application Materials

Admissions decisions for this program will be based on the quality of your credentials and will be made after review of your complete application portfolio. Your completed application portfolio must include:

  1. the Penn State Graduate School application and application fee
  2. two letters of recommendation from current or previous Penn State instructors
  3. one additional professional or academic letter of recommendation
  4. a writing sample, which could be an assignment previously submitted during your undergraduate study
  5. résumé
  6. a two- to three-page essay articulating your career and educational goals — to demonstrate your written communication skills
  7. an approved plan of study, determined in consultation with your undergraduate adviser and the graduate director, and to be signed by both

No GRE or GMAT scores are required for admission to the program.