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Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources

Advance your career in HR and meet the challenges facing today’s HR leaders with a Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources.

The Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources is designed to accommodate work-life-school balance for busy professionals looking to contribute to the strategic management of human capital within their organization.

Time to Complete: On average, students complete their MLRHR in 3 to 5 semesters

Credits: 11 courses totaling 33 credits

Cost: Current CSU Graduate tuition costs can be found on the Bursar's website

Program Highlights

No matter where you are in your HR Career, the Cleveland State Master of Labor Relations & Human Relations degree can help you take your it to the next level. In fact, degree completion requires the completion of an industry credential such as HRCI, PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

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Career Outcomes and Job Opportunities

The MLRHR program provides the skills and knowledge that strategic leaders need to advance within the organizations that they serve, as well as their own careers.

The MLRHR can prepare you for roles including:

Required Courses (24 Credit Hours - 8 Courses)

Course Title Credits
MGT 600 HR Management Metrics and Analytics 3 Credits
MGT 601 Managing Human Resources 3 Credits
MGT 605 Organizational Development 3 Credits
MGT 640 Total Rewards, Compensation and Benefits 3 Credits
MGT 641 Staffing and Performance Management 3 Credits
MGT 651 Collective Bargaining 3 Credits
MGT 652 Human Resource Development 3 Credits
MGT 661 Strategic Human Resource Management 3 Credits

Elective Courses (9 Credit Hours)

Students select an additional nine credit hours of 500 or 600 level MGT courses to complete the requirements for the degree. Students may also take courses outside of the department, but must be chosen with prior consent of the student's advisor.

Course Title Credits
MGT 501 Management & Organizational Behavior 3 Credits
MGT 504 Organizational Theory and Design 3 Credits
MGT 557 Human Resource Information Systems 3 Credits
MGT 604 Leadership and Interpersonal Effectiveness 3 Credits

Exit Requirement: HRCI Exam

All students admitted into the MLRHR program after Summer 2021 will be required to take the HRCI credentials examination that is appropriate for their career stage. This will be taken in their last semester of study and is paid for by the college. Students documenting current PHR or SPHR certification may have this requirement waived.

Students applying to the MLRHR program must meet the Admission Requirements for the Graduate College, as well as additional requirements including:

Interested students should fill out the Request Information form and indicate their preference for Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources.

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Graduate Business Advising Office
Cleveland State University
MBA and Graduate Programs
1860 E. 18th Street
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 216.687.3730

Learning Methodology

The MLRHR program consists of 8 required courses and 3 electives (each at 3 credit hours each). Within the required courses, students will learn about HR Management, metrics, analysis, organizational development and change, compensation and benefits, staffing and performance management, collective bargaining and more.

Through the 3 elective courses, students can choose from a variety of 500 or 600 level MGT courses to complete their degree requirements. Students wishing to take courses outside the department must receive prior consent.

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Our dedicated team of faculty and business advisors provide opportunities to meet in-person and virtually. The faculty who teach in the program have a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds including expertise in:


Is the GMAT or GRE required for the Master of Labor Relations & Human Resources program?

The GMAT or GRE can be waived for admission to the Master of Labor Relations & Human Resources program if the student has a 3.0 or better GPA in their undergraduate degree. To understand our admissions requirements better, please make an appointment with a graduate business advisor.

How long does the MLRHR program take to complete?

A typical full-time student can complete the MLRHR in as few as 3 semesters. Most students choose to take 2 classes at a time with degree completion after 5 semesters.

How much does the program cost?

Graduate tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year is $632.35 per credit hour. Click here to learn more about tuition.

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