Apr 01, 2023  
Graduate Catalog 2021 - 2022 
Graduate Catalog 2021 - 2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Labor Relations and Human Resources, MLRHR

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Department of Management

Monte Ahuja Hall 433
(216) 687-4754


The principal objective of the Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources (MLRHR) degree program is to help graduates begin careers, or advance their careers, in human resources and labor relations. Specific objectives of the program include:

  • Providing education in the fundamental principles of human resources and labor relations.
  • Providing a better understanding of human resource data and its use in such areas as testing, program evaluation, selection, and survey research.
  • Providing an awareness of the political and legal environments in which human resource and labor relations systems function.
  • Providing an interdisciplinary perspective of the field.

The Faculty

The MGT department’s full-time faculty members represent a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds. Our faculty’s areas of expertise include:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Labor Relations
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Strategic Management
  • Decision Making
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Leadership
  • Arbitration
  • International Management

Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.

Application Procedures

Students interested in applying to the program have two options. The Traditional option requires submission of GMAT or GRE scores. The G2WO option allows coursework to begin as a non-degree student and does not require GMAT or GRE scores. However, before being officially admitted to the program G2WO applicants must demonstrate success in two required and two elective Management courses (see details in the NON-DEGREE STUDENTS section below).


GMAT or GRE results submitted to the University by ETS, and

An official transcript from each college and university attended.

Admission examination registration forms may be obtained from Educational Testing Service, Box 966, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, or from the Testing Center, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Rhodes Tower West #215, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214.


The GMAT/GRE Waiver Option (G2WO) Program provides students an opportunity to demonstrate the aptitude needed to succeed in the MLRHR program without taking the GMAT or GRE.  

Apply Now: http://www.csuohio.edu/graduate-admissions/how-apply

Admission Information

Students with a wide range of backgrounds are encouraged to enroll in the program. Applicants who may be interested in pursuing this course of study include those who hold undergraduate degrees in:

  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • History
  • Communication
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Urban Studies
  • Business Administration

In addition to the College of Graduate Studies standards for admission, applicants for the MLRHR program must meet the following requirements:

All applicants are required to submit a resume and a statement of interest to our Graduate Advising Office at gradbusinessadvising@csuohio.edu

Accepted applicants will enroll as Non-degree students.

Students will enroll in 12 credit hours. Included in the 12 hours are two required courses and two elective courses.

After successfully completing the four courses G2WO students can be admitted into the MLRHR program without the necessity of taking the GMAT or GRE.

A specific Student Services/ Advisor of the Monte Ahuja College of Business will be assigned to students in the G2WO Program and advisory holds will placed on the student’s records.

  • The Student Services/ Advisor will track students’ academic performance and contact students via their CSU email with all final program outcomes.
  • Students who successfully complete the G2WO Program will be eligible for admission to the MLRHR program.
  • Students who do not successfully complete the G2WO Program will have the option to complete the standard College of Business full admission process for the Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources Degree program.

Program Design

The MLRHR program consists of a minimum of thirty-three semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. The program is delivered entirely online to accommodate all students, including those who are currently working. While a majority of enrollees are part-time students, the program also enrolls many full-time students. Full-time students usually take three semesters to complete the degree.

The program is divided into four components:

Elective Courses

(9 credits)

Students select an additional nine credit hours of 500-/600-level MGT courses to complete the requirements for the degree. Students may also take courses outside of the department, but must be chosen with prior consent of the student’s advisor.

HRCI Credentials Examination

All students admitted into the MLRHR program after Summer 2021 will be required to take the HRCI credentials examination that is appropriate for their career stage. This will be taken in their last semester of study and is paid for by the college. Students documenting current PHR or SPHR certification may have this requirement waived.


Internships are available to students to provide an opportunity to gain practical experience in human resources or labor relations.

Non-Degree Students

Non-degree students are strictly limited to a maximum of twelve credits taken on a graduate non-degree basis. Non-degree students are only permitted to enroll in the following courses: Required courses: MGT 600 MGT 601 , Elective courses: MGT 501 MGT 504 MGT 522 MGT 531 , MGT 577 , MGT 587 , MGT 603 , MGT 604 , MGT 605  (Core course).

  • NOTE: If a student completed any 400/500 level courses at the undergraduate level, please understand the student must select other electives from the list of 500/600 level courses above.
  • The G2WO Program does not allow students to waive electives to selected courses.
  • G2WO students must earn a B or higher in all four courses. The four courses must be completed within four semesters of being admitted.
  • After successfully completing the four courses G2WO students can be admitted into the MLRHR program without the necessity of taking the GMAT or GRE.

Academic Standards

The MLRHR student must maintain an average of “B” or better in all course work attempted. Receipt of a grade of less than “B” in three courses and failure to maintain a “B” average, or the receipt of a grade of “F” in two courses, will result in dismissal from the program.

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