Master Online

Human Resources and Employment Relations

Pennsylvania State University

12 months
950 USD/credit 31350 USD/year
950 USD/credit 31350 USD/year
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Learn to factor human resources into the strategic plans of organizations. This comprehensive online Human Resources and Employment Relations degree program at Pennsylvania State University balances advanced theory with practical knowledge that can be used right away in your current HR position and as a foundation for future career growth.


Pennsylvania State University's online Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER) degree program balances advanced theory with practical knowledge, making it an important credential for you, the experienced HR professional. You can be prepared to help top executives factor human resources into their strategic plans.

As you earn your degree online while continuing to work, you can meet the challenges of complex employee benefit plans, new labor laws, and employee rights more efficiently and with greater confidence. The HRER master’s curriculum begins by building a strong fundamental knowledge of HR and labor. Courses then help you understand the roles that employers, employees, unions, and government play in the employment relationship; analyze the complex personal, legal, and organizational issues inherent in this relationship; grasp the ethical dimensions of human resources and employment relations; analyze complex employment issues; and administer labor and human resource systems.


The Penn State online master’s program in HRER can prepare you for positions in:

  • human resources, as manager of compensation and benefits, or training and development
  • labor relations, to meet the growing demand for a graduate degree needed for a position as union leader, professional staff, director of industrial relations, contract negotiator, mediator, or arbitrator

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Employee Compensation
  • Employee Benefits
  • Law of Labor-Management Relations
  • Labor Relations in the Public Sector
  • Law of Labor-Management Relations
  • Communication Skills for Leaders in Groups and Organizations
  • Talent Management
  • Comparative and International Employment and Labor Law

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

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33 alternative credits



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General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. 
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • GPA and Test Scores —  Students who do not have a GPA of 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the quality of their overall application. 
  • English Proficiency
  • References (3)
  • Résumé — Upload your résumé to the online application.
  • Statement of Purpose — a 2–3 page essay articulating career and educational goals that demonstrates your written communication skills.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31350 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 950 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    31350 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 950 USD per credit during 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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