The MAELR program is marked by a highly diverse student body; diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, age, work experience and educational background. Unique among leading graduate programs in industrial relations, the majority of MAELR students work full-time or part-time, usually in human resource management, labor relations or related positions. Students lacking professional work experience may enroll (for credit) in internships coordinated through the MAELR office, as such internships become available.
Depending on work and family responsibilities, students enroll in one to three courses per semester, including summer semesters. To accommodate the scheduling needs of students, classes meet for three-hour periods in the evenings throughout the week. Most MAELR classes are relatively small with between 10 and 20 students enrolled. The educational environment is highly conducive, therefore, to student collegiality, personal interaction with instructors, and the establishment of lasting personal and professional relationships.