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Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources

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

Lead the Future of Business

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.

  • 100% Online – study anywhere
  • You decide to be full-time or part-time
  • Degree completion in as little as three to four semesters for full-time students
  • Curriculum exceeds the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) recommendations
  • AACSB Accredited – just 7% of the world’s business schools have earned accreditation by AACSB International, the hallmark of excellence in management education
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Time to Complete

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

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11 courses totaling 33 credits

Program Highlights

No matter where you are in your HR Career, the Cleveland State Master of Labor Relations & Human Resources degree can help you take 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.

  • 100% Online program provides work-life-school balance
  • Dedicated Cleveland State Human Resources Alumni Groups on LinkedIn and Facebook
  • AACSB Accredited
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Learning Methodology

The MLRHR program consists of 8 required courses and 3 electives (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.

Admissions Requirements

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


Required Courses (24 Credit Hours - 8 Courses)

MGT 600HR Management Metrics and Analytics3 Credits
MGT 601Managing Human Resources3 Credits
MGT 605Organizational Development3 Credits
MGT 640Total Rewards, Compensation and Benefits3 Credits
MGT 641Staffing and Performance Management3 Credits
MGT 651Collective Bargaining3 Credits
MGT 652Human Resource Development3 Credits
MGT 661Strategic Human Resource Management3 Credits

Elective Courses (9 Credit Hours)

MGT 504Organizational Theory and Design3 Credits
MGT 557Human Resource Information Systems3 Credits
MGT 604Leadership and Interpersonal Effectiveness3 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.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and financial aid for CSU programs are kept competitive so you can receive the education you deserve. Tuition for online programs and courses follows the same fee structure as traditional, on-campus programs and courses. Current CSU Graduate tuition costs can be found on the Bursar’s website.

Approximately 70% of CSU’s students receive some form of financial assistance. The University participates in or administers all the major federal and state grant and loan programs. In addition, CSU provides University grants and scholarships.

To begin the financial aid process, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must file a FAFSA every year after January 1st to receive your financial aid. Cleveland State University’s financial aid school code is 003032.

If you have any questions, visit the Financial Aid section of CSU’s website, or contact the Financial Aid office.



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:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Strategic Management
  • Leadership
  • Equal Opportunity
  • And more
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Student Success Coaching

At CSU, you will be paired with a Student Success Coach to support you on your journey from acceptance into a program to graduation. Coaches help with:

  • Time management
  • Study strategies
  • Focus techniques
  • Work-life balance
  • Academic support resources
  • Navigating University policies and procedures
  • Resolving issues and locating the right resources

Student Success Coaches will reach out to you for a welcome call early in your program. Coaches can help you create an academic success plan with strategies and goals that will help you be successful. Student Success Coaches are available to you throughout your program. Student Success Coaches do not replace academic advisors or other counselors, but rather work as a team with them to provide you with all the right resources. 

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Career Outcomes

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:

  • Chief Talent Officer
  • Vice President of Human Resource
  • Chief Diversity Officer
  • Human Resources Director
  • Manager (HR, Training, Benefits, HRIS, etc)

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The GMAT or GRE requirement is currently waived. 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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