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School of Management and Labor Relations

The School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) is a source of expertise on the world of work, building effective and sustainable organizations, and the changing employment relationship. The school comprises two departments with faculty from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

The Human Resource Management department focuses on all aspects of strategic human resource management, including understanding the role of human resources in determining individual and organizational success and managing human resources in a global context. The Labor Studies and Employment Relations department studies and teaches about all aspects of work and the employment relationships and in particular how collective representation and public policy can improve the well-being of workers.

In addition to its degree program offerings, SMLR provides many continuing education and certificate programs taught by world-class researchers and expert practitioners.

At a Glance

Students: 1,597 (full-time and part-time)
Faculty: 50 (full-time)
Office of the Dean: Janice H. Levin Building, 94 Rockafeller Road, Livingston Campus

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Labor Studies and Employment Relations (Awarded jointly with the School of Arts and Sciences)
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Human Resource Management (Awarded jointly with the School of Arts and Sciences)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Labor and Employment Relations
  • Master of Human Resource Management (M.H.R.M.)
  • Master of Labor and Employment Relations (M.L.E.R.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Industrial Relations and Human Resources (Awarded through the Graduate School–New Brunswick)


  • Three undergraduate degree programs with different focuses are offered, two B.A. programs in conjunction with the School of Arts and Sciences and a B.S. program, which can be completed online. Explore which might fit your needs and interests.
  • The school offers two highly respected master’s degrees: the M.H.R.M. and M.L.E.R. The faculty also administer a Ph.D. degree in industrial relations and human resources, with graduates going on to research and academic positions.
  • Research that explores and anticipates the changing nature of the workplace is a key component of the school’s mission.
  • The school offers a variety of online courses, including an online undergraduate major in labor and employment relations.
  • Several centers and programs incorporate leading research, with the goal of improving the workplace. Continuing education programs include Labor Education and Research Now (LEARN) and Rutgers' executive education.