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Labor and Employment Relations, B.Sc.

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It's more important than ever for employers to attract, motivate, and retain the most qualified employees. Organizations of all kinds — corporations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, etc. — depend on their human resources staff to not only match employees with the jobs for which they are best suited, but to enhance their productivity and limit turnover.


Increasingly, employers look for college graduates who have majored in human resources, human resources administration, or industrial and labor relations to lead the organization’s workforce in a positive direction.

Penn State World Campus, in partnership with the University's highly regarded School of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, offers two bachelor's degree programs in labor studies and employment relations to prepare you for careers in human resources as generalists or specialists in compensation, benefits, diversity, labor relations, safety and health, and training and recruitment. They can also prepare you for careers in government, unions, and in dispute resolution.

The School of LSER faculty has an extensive range of expertise in fields such as human resources, employment and labor law, international human resources and employment relations, organizational behavior and workforce diversity.  In this program, you will also have the opportunity to study with highly regarded faculty from Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, one of the premier institutions in the world to study and work in the liberal arts disciplines.

Who Should Apply?

The bachelor’s degrees in labor studies and employment relations are designed for people who are either currently working in human resources or labor relations, or who are interested in pursuing a career in these areas.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    123 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy
  • Labor Economics
  • Employment Relations
  • Research Methods in Labor and Employment Relations

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

    • All documents should be submitted in the original language. All documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified line-by-line, literal English translation.
    • All documents must be in paper form; electronic copies are not considered official and will therefore not be accepted.
    • All documents submitted for review must be official, that is, they must be either originals or copies certified by the examining board. A "certified" copy is one that bears an original signature of the registrar or other designated school official, an original impression of the institution's seal, or signature/seal of the examining board. Uncertified or notarized copies are not acceptable.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    596 USD/credit
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  • National

    596 USD/credit
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