Elective Courses

The choice of electives to complete a MHRLR degree should reflect student interest. Students are not required to choose a specialization and are encouraged to select those electives that best suit their backgrounds and interests.


  • Diversity in Organizations (Bus Adm 731)
  • Industrial Psychology (Bus Adm 442)
  • Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion (Bus Adm 731)
  • Leadership, Team Building and Effective Management (Bus Mgmt 715)
  • Training and Development (Bus Mgmt 728)
  • Total Rewards Compensation (Ind Rel 725)
  • Employee Benefits (Ind Rel 717)
  • Principles of Adult Education (Ad Ldsp 757)
  • Organizational Change and Team Leadership (Ad Ldsp 710)


  • Workplace Dispute Resolution (Ind Rel 715)
  • Industrial Psychology (Bus Adm 442)
  • Managerial Decisions and Negotiations (Bus Adm 737)
  • Introduction to Mediation (Comm 665)
  • Theory and Practice of Mediation (Comm 865)
  • Collective Bargaining (Econ 753)
  • Economics of Personnel (Ind Rel 720)
  • Organizations, Occupations and Professions (Sociol 443)



  • Managing and Negotiating Across Cultures (Bus Mgmt 723)
  • Comparative Labor Markets and Employment Relations (Econ 755)
  • Employment Law (Ind Rel 712)
  • Labor Relations Law (Ind Rel 711)
  • Strategic Management (Bus Mgmt 712)
  • Administrative Law (Pol Sci 452)
  • Analyzing and Evaluating Public Policies and Programs (Pol Sci 769)
  • Educational Personnel Administration (Ad Ldsp 812)

Independent Studies

Students may also utilize the wide range of faculty expertise to write a major research paper. The purpose of an Independent Study is to gain in-depth knowledge of a topic area of interest to the student and faculty member.


Students without prior experience in the field are encouraged to take advantage of the program’s extensive contacts in the business and labor communities by undertaking one or more internships. Internships allow students to directly experience human resources and labor relations work and to see the connections between the concepts discussed in class and the workplace. Students earn college credits, develop valuable contacts, enhance their academic record and make themselves more attractive to employers.

Non-Approved Electives

Students also can seek permission from the MHRLR Director to enroll in a relevant course outside the approved MHRLR Electives. Students can also transfer up to twelve (12) credits of course work from accredited graduate institutions provided the courses meet MHRLR and Graduate School requirements.