M.Sc. On Campus

Human Resources and Employment Relations

12 months
39248 USD/year
23082 USD/year
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The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER) at Pennsylvania State University is a two-year program designed for students anticipating careers in some aspect of labor and human resources or labor-management relations. 


The Human Resources and Employment Relations program at Pennsylvania State University has the following objectives:

  • provide students with an understanding of the roles employers, employees, employee organizations, and public policy makers play in the employment relationship;
  • familiarize students with the complex personal and organizational issues inherent in the employment relationship;
  • prepare students to systematically analyze complex issues and evaluate research results in the process of administering labor and human resource systems;
  • prepare students for advanced graduate or professional training beyond the master's degree; and
  • prepare students for employment as practitioners in the field.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will have and be able to demonstrate the necessary advanced knowledge and competence in the fields to excel in ER and HRM careers.
  • Students will be able to effectively communicate knowledge of current topics in the fields both verbally and in writing to excel as ER and HRM professionals.
  • Students will be able to recognize and analyze practical, legal, and ethical challenges related to ER and HRM issues in domestic and global workplaces.
  • Students will be able to respond appropriately to practical, legal, and ethical challenges in domestic and global workplaces using both theoretical and practical approaches of the field.
  • Students will be able to apply their knowledge by interacting effectively with other organizational leaders in helping to develop and implement organizational policies and strategies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Seminar in Employment Relations
  • Seminar in Human Resources
  • Human Behavior and Organizational Performance
  • Human Resources in Multinational Enterprises
  • Labor Market Analysis
  • Strategic Business Tools for HRER Professionals
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Ethical Decision Making for HR Practitioners

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


39 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants to the M.S. HRER program:

  • Must submit a 2-3 page essay articulating career and educational goals that demonstrates the applicant’s written communication skills.
  • Must submit a resume.
  • Must submit a writing sample - preferably an individually written essay or research paper that the student submitted in a college course.
  • Must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • Must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Applicants with a 3.00 junior/senior grade-point average (on a 4.00 scale) will be considered for admission. Exceptions to the minimum grade-point average may be made at the discretion of the program for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests. 
  • Must submit three letters of recommendation sent from people who can adequately assess the student's likelihood of completing the graduate program.

Tuition Fee

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    39248 USD/year
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  • National

    23082 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 23082 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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