International Human Resources and Labor Relations

The Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations program offers the Graduate Certificate in International Human Resources and Labor Relations. The certificate responds to the increasing influence of globalization on the practice of Human Resource Management and the conduct of Labor Relations. Firms and unions are increasingly part of a complex web of international economic relationships. Many of the workplace innovations now taken for granted began overseas: quality circles, work groups and flatter hierarchies. Many firms operate overseas under very different labor market institutions and human resource expectations.

This program of study provides practical and theoretical knowledge designed to help students function as professionals in the increasing broad international context of human resource management and labor relations. The program makes an effort to bring in relevant experts to present international perspectives.

Students can complete the Graduate Certificate in International Human Resources and Labor Relations while enrolled either part-time or full-time, and by taking courses during the evenings. With the approval of the program, students admitted to the MHRLR degree program may apply courses taken to meet certificate requirements toward their degree.


Students must apply for the certificate by submitting an application to the Graduate School. Students must have earned a 2.75 GPA overall or must furnish substantial evidence of ability to succeed in graduate level work. Students admitted to the Certificate will be expected to present at least three credits of prior work in microeconomics and three credits in statistics.

Credits and Courses

Required 1
IND REL 701Industrial and Labor Relations3
ECON 755Comparative Labor Markets and Employment Relations3
BUSMGMT 723Managing and Negotiating Across Borders3
BUS ADM 738Human Resource Management3
or BUS ADM 795 Seminar-in-Management:
The following courses are recommended but not required:
Independent Study
Reading and Research
Internship in Industrial Relations
Total Credits12

Course substitutions would be allowed with the consent of the MHRLR Director for those who had previously completed similar coursework. 

For additional information on the certificate, contact the MHRLR program

Graduate Grievance Procedures

Federal law and UWM policy require programs and departments to have procedures for graduate students to appeal academic decisions such as grades or scholastic standing. These procedures ensure the protection of students’ rights. These pages serve as a reference on procedures for graduate student academic appeals.