Human Resources & Labor Relations

Capitalize on the growth in HR professions with a career-advancing graduate degree

The Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations (MHRLR) focuses on the interaction between people and organizations. The MHRLR, a professional and applied degree, prepares you to effectively lead and manage valuable and complex human resources.

The ever-changing workforce and work climate present complex challenges. A MHRLR develops your knowledge and skills and prepares you to identify key issues and create strategic solutions to those challenges.

Whether you want to make a career shift or take the next step up the organizational ladder, a MHRLR provides the necessary knowledge and personalized attention. Earn your degree in a format that best fits your life.

Set yourself apart in a competitive job market with a MHRLR degree.

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Should you enroll in a general MBA or in the more worker-focused MHRLR program? If you enjoy helping people and organizations achieve their potential, the MRHRL program is right for you.

Would you rather focus your career on people or numbers?


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Department News & Events

  • 2023 Lurie Labor Management Cooperation Prize Winner
    The Lurie Labor-Management Cooperation Prize went to bargaining partners Northwestern Mutual and OPEIU Local 9. Bargaining partners since the 1940s, each organization has a long history. Northwestern Mutual started in Wisconsin in 1857 and OPEIU’s history in the region dates to 1906 when Local 1 received the first clerical federal charter from the American Federation …
  • 2023 Melvin and Lois Lurie Student Prize Winner
    Elise White won the Melvin and Lois Lurie Student Prize. She described how her undergraduate class in industrial psychology piqued her interest in helping create a fair and supportive workplace that fosters employee well-being. She found MHRLR to be the perfect match for her aspirations.  She loved the certificate in Mediation and Negotiation and gained skills …
  • 2022 Lurie Labor Management Cooperation Prize
    This year we honored WRTP / BIGSTEP.  The Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership provides successful pre-employment training for job seekers to qualify for family sustaining industrial jobs.   They joined the Building Industry Group Skilled Trade Employment Program which offers individualized tutoring in academic skills for apprenticeship exams.  The results have been remarkable with many minorities and …