Learning objectives

MAELR graduate program


Graduate program overview

Among the leading graduate programs of industrial relations, the MAELR program provides a challenging and rich educational experience for students pursuing careers in human resource management and labor-management relations. Emphasizing the development of professional competencies, the MAELR curriculum is designed to ensure that students master the requisite analytical and practical skills for attaining leadership positions in business, labor organizations, government, and not-for-profit organizations.

From an extensive offering of courses, students receive classroom training in human resource management (strategy, compensation, staffing, selection, training, work team systems and interested-based problem solving), union-management relations (contract negotiations, administration and arbitration, union organizations and union-management's joint decision-making), dispute resolution, labor market analysis, international business and labor relations, and in employment and labor law.

Grounded in a long tradition of multidisciplinary study, the MAELR program exposes students to nationally and internationally recognized scholars and practitioners from labor relations, management, history, psychology, economics, political science, sociology, and law. Bringing a wealth of professional and consulting experience to the classroom, instructors integrate cutting-edge research and theory and real case examples and exercises so that students learn about the most current workplace innovations and emerging trends and issues.

MAELR program admission is based on the following:

  • Undergraduate Grade Point Average
  • Writing Sample
  • Personal statement of purpose for seeking a graduate degree.
  • Letters of Recommendation


MAELR Prerequisites

If a student has an equivalency from another university with a passing grade, the prerequisite may be waived;

  • Economics 2010: Principles of Microeconomics-Supply, demand, price at the level of the firm and industry; business institutions and their operation; determinants of wage and salary levels, interest rates, rent, profits, income distribution; public policy in relation to the business and labor.
  • Psychology 3500: Psychology and the Workplace-Psychology as applied to business and industry.  Major areas of industrial psychology; selection, placement, and training procedures; human factors research.  Industrial social psychology, motivational and organizational research and theory.
  • Fundamentals of Statistics (ECO 5100/PS 5100/PSY 3010/EER 76309 or SOC 6280)-Review of mathematics essential for statistics, sampling, computer use.  Basic pattersn of statistical inference, confidence estimation and significance testing regarding measures of averages, dispersion, correlation, and selected non-parametric statistics.  One-way and two-way analysis of variance.

MAELR core courses

DR 7210:  Negotiating Theory and Practice (3cr)
ECO 6480:  Economics of Work (3cr)
ELR 7000:  Introduction to Labor and Employment Relations (3 cr)
ELR 7450:  Employment Law (3 cr)
ELR 8500:  Labor & Human Resources Capstone (3 cr)
MGT 7640:  Management of Human Resources (3 cr)
MGT 7750:  Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining (3 cr)
ELR 7550:  HR Analytics


MAELR electives

In addition to the courses listed, the MAELR Director will examine other courses currently offered within the University that may be suitable elective. Courses found suitable will be added to the list of electives.


Union management relations electives (15 credits)

ECO 6400

Labor Economics

ELR 7010

Health Care & Retirement Emp Benefits

ECO 6415

Economics of Race & Gender

HIS 7290

American Labor History

ELR 7400

Labor Relations Law in North America

ELR 7700

Current & Future Trends in Collective Bargaining

ELR 8000

Intl. Labor Relations & Human Resources

MGT 7770

Union Contract Administration

PS 6070

Labor & American Politics

PS 6340

Public Sector Labor Relations


Human resource management (15 credits)

MGT 7620

Complex Organizations

MGT 7630

Organizational Change & Development

MGT 7650

Strategic Human Resource Management

MGT 7790

Compensation Administration

PS 7340

Public Personnel Management


Dispute resolution electives/Certificate (15 credits)

COM 6350

Communication, Culture, and Conflict

DR 6120

Human Diversity & Human Conflict

DR 7100

Roots of Social Conflict

DR 7210

I Negotiating Theory & Practice

DR 7220

II Neutral Intervention Theory & Practice

DR 7310

Practicum in Dispute Resolution

DR 7890

Seminar in Dispute Resolution

DR 6992

Democratic Theory & Conflict Management (formerly PS 7550)


Other electives

ELR 7550

Special Topics

ELR 7600

Internship in Employment & Labor Relations

ELR 7900

Directed Study in Employment & Labor Relations

ELR 7999

Master's Essay in Employment & Labor Relations

OEH 7820

Regulatory Affairs in OEH


Academic advising

For academic advising, please contact Linda Johnson, linda.johnson@wayne.edu, 313-577-0175.

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