HRER in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg

  • Grad students in ELR

    Added Locations Make Getting Your Degree More Convenient and Flexible

    IUP’s highly successful graduate program in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER) is offered at the regional campus just east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in addition to the IUP main campus. Eligible candidates may now take classes by video conferencing through their home computer or mobile device.

    This program has a 30-plus-year history of preparing professionals for careers in employment relations in various settings, including but not limited to public and private management settings, union organizations, government agencies, and neutral and service organizations.

    The program offers the perfect mix of hands-on experience, traditional course work, and the ability to tailor your program to your career needs. The HRER program prepares professionals for the field of employment and labor relations in both the public and private sector.

    The Master of Arts degree is a 36-credit program offered in a format specifically designed for working professionals who desire to upgrade their employment skills, seek career changes, or enhance their promotion possibilities. This degree is highly useful to participants because it combines theoretical preparation with practical field application.

    One Evening Class + One Online Class = Finish in Two Years

    The 36-credit program is structured in a way that allows students to complete it in two years by taking two courses per semester. Coursework will be offered one evening per week (typically Mondays or Wednesdays), from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The second section is offered online. (Note: Generous summer and winter vacation periods are scheduled into the program.) This educational model encourages networking and enhances learning opportunities for participants.

    Course offerings include: Employee Rights Under Law, Theories of the Labor Movement, Dispute Settlement, Research Methods in ELR, Discrimination in Employment, Processes of Collective Bargaining, Compensation and Benefits Administration, Conflict Resolution, and other selected electives.

    Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the IUP School of Graduate Studies and Research.

    Required Core

    • ELR 610 – Employee Rights Under Law
    • ELR 613 – Fundamentals of the American Labor Movement
    • ELR 615 – Dispute Settlement
    • ELR 619 – Research Methods In ILR
    • ELR 625 – Processes of Collective Bargaining
    • ELR 631 – Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
    • ELR 641 – Contract Administration
    • Fifteen elective credits

    *Required and elective course descriptions can be viewed in the Graduate Catalog.

    For information about the program, including scheduled informational sessions, contact ELR Chair David Piper at 724-357-4471 and