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Human Resources Management and Labor Relations, M.S.

NYIT’s Master’s of Science in Human Resources Management and Labor Relations (M.S. HR/LR) program prepares students to become successful human resources and employee relations leaders in a dynamic, competitive global business environment. We provide students with quality, solution-oriented learning experiences. Our program is aligned with the Curriculum Guidebook and Template of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Employees are the critical factor in the success of any enterprise. Businesses depend upon the expertise and leadership of their human resources management and labor professionals to ensure they have the workforce needed to compete effectively. Our graduate program is designed to provide a strong foundation in the knowledge and skills needed to lead the human resources and labor relations function. In addition to mastering these essentials, our students learn how to develop human resources strategies to sustain business growth in a global environment.

Our student body is diverse and our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of current HR and employee relations professionals, those aspiring to these fields, and individuals who are engaged in workforce management.

Curriculum Overview

NYIT’s curriculum emphasizes the importance of both business and labor in achieving a productive workplace. Structured classroom experiences, team projects and presentations, along with informal discussions broaden students’ perspectives and prepare them for a career in the global workplace. Recent graduates of this program speak highly of the real-world focus of its classes which prepare students to deal with workplace challenges that they will encounter on the job, its success in developing professional competencies, challenging coursework, quality, and involvement of its faculty and small class sizes.

Program Positioning Statement
The NYIT M.S. HR/LR program differentiates itself from other institutions of higher learning by its focus on developing the competencies essential to human resources and labor relations professionals for the achievement of strategic organizational goals.

Target Market
Our program is designed to meet the needs of current HR and employee relations professionals, those aspiring to these fields, and individuals who are engaged in workforce management.

M.S. HR/LR Program Features and the Learning Environment
The learning environment is designed for the practicing professional and promising career aspirant. Through coursework, students learn to apply legal principles and organizational and behavioral science theories to practical human resource and labor relations problems. Case studies, simulations, research studies and field projects provide the opportunities to test and practice this new knowledge. Course materials reflect the most recent research findings, legal decisions, and current practices. Students often use their own organizations as field laboratories for applying, testing, modifying, and adapting new human resources management and labor relations practices.

We actively encourage students to get involved in the activities of local chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Labor and Employment Relations Association, the American Society for Training and Development. We also facilitate student participation in educational seminars and conferences sponsored by NYIT’s Center for HR Studies (CHRS) throughout the academic year. The on-campus student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has won more than ten SHRM Superior Merit Awards, as well as three SHRM Outstanding Merit Awards. The chapter provides opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills and helps launch their professional career.

A limited number of HR scholarships are available through the Dr. Richard Dibble Scholarship Fund to matriculated students of superior academic ability or who demonstrate a potential for special contribution to the human resources management-labor relations field. Some graduate assistantships may also be available. In addition, CHRS assists qualified full-time students in locating internships with companies, labor unions and government agencies. These provide valuable work experience as well as paid salary by the sponsoring organization. With approval of the HR department chair, an internship that meets departmental guidelines may be taken for credit.

Programmatic Learning Goals

Upon graduation from the Master’s of Science program, students will be able to demonstrate attainment of general and program-specific learning goals. These goals are designed to reflect the competencies expected of HR/LR professionals in the workplace. Student success is a shared and collaborative responsibility that engages students, faculty, staff and other stakeholder groups, working together to maximize students’ opportunities to be successful.

M.S. HR/LR General Learning Goals
Upon completion of the M.S. HR/LR program, students will be able to:

  1. Design and implement organization development and change initiatives in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
  2. Demonstrate professionalism and apply ethical standards.
  3. Utilize technology applications and research to make data-driven decisions.

M.S. HR/LR Management-Specific Learning Goals
Upon completion of the M.S. HR/LR program, students will be able to:

  1. Develop, manage, and evaluate human resource practices that produce the workforce needed by an organization to achieve its strategic and operational goals in a dynamic global economy.
  2. Build productive relationships between employees and employers in both the union and non-union workplaces; devise practices that recognize the needs of a diverse workforce.
  3. Critically apply behavioral science theories, legal doctrines, and economic concepts relevant to human resources management and labor relations.

The M.S. HR/LR portfolio of courses taken in fulfillment of the degree requirements contains a significant scope of student learning outcomes that are scored, independent from grades, against these goals. In this way the student may address, in a formative manner, their progression through the degree program.

M.S. HR/LR Academic Policies and Standards

The School of Management implements processes for the M.S. HR/LR programs that are in addition to those of the university for the purpose of ensuring effective student selection and retention.

Academic Probation and Dismissal
Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA each semester. They may repeat a course in which they receive a grade of C or lower to raise their grade. A course in which the student receives a grade of F must be repeated, if required by the department academic review committee.

Academic probation is automatically imposed if the student’s GPA falls below 3.0 in any semester, or the cumulative GPA falls below 3.0. The student then has exactly one semester to bring the cumulative GPA to 3.0. If the student fails to do so, the student will be dismissed from the program. Students will also be dismissed if the semester GPA in any two successive semesters is below 3.0.

Grounds for departmental review and possible dismissal from the program also include:

The committee, at its discretion, may require the student to repeat one or more courses in which the student has a grade lower than B; reduce their credit load; take other remedial action; or recommend the student’s dismissal from the M.S. HR/LR program.

The criteria used to evaluate students for graduation are uniform at all campus locations and, pertaining to the M.S. HR/LR academic program the graduate cumulative GPA will be a minimum of 3.0. Additional criteria for graduation are located in the NYIT Graduate Catalog.

Time to Degree Completion
In the best interests of the student and the college, a maximum of five years is allowed for completion of degree requirements. Under exceptional conditions, an additional year may be permitted upon formal request and approval by the academic dean and the provost.

Repeat Policy
Students must repeat a course in which they receive a grade of F, if required by the department academic review committee.

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Admission Requirements

  • B.S. degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university
    • International applicants must have completed a three-year (or more) degree-bearing postsecondary program which is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree in order to be considered for acceptance into the M.S. program.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0

    • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA lower than 3.0 will also be considered, provided they have two or more years of relevant professional experience and/or they hold professional certifications such as SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, and SPHR. They are required to provide detailed information about their professional experience/certification
    • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA lower than 3.0 and who do not have relevant professional experience are required to take the GMAT or GRE and achieve satisfactory scores. They will also be interviewed by program faculty in order to be considered for admission.

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal interview
  • Copies of undergraduate transcripts for all schools attended. All final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Copy of college diploma or proof of degree
  • Official GRE or GMAT scores, if required
    NYIT GRE Code: 2561
    NYIT GMAT Code for Full-time (nine or more credits): OQN-RL-35
    NYIT GMAT Code for Part-time (less than nine credits): OQN-RL-74
  • International student requirements: English proficiency, I-20, and transcript evaluation
    • Applicants must meet English proficiency requirements by providing a minimum score of 6.0 (IELTS), 79 (TOEFL IBT), or 53 Pearson PTE). Successful completion of NYIT's English Language Institute satisfies the English proficiency requirement to the M.S. HR/LR program.

Important Admission Notes:

  • All application materials must be fully submitted prior to consideration for admission to the M.S. program.
  • All applicants will either be fully admitted or not admitted into the M.S. program.
  • Students may neither be conditionally admitted into the M.S. program nor granted provisional status in the M.S. HR/LR program.
  • There will be no categories for nonmatriculated or nondegree status.
  • There will be no Early Admission students.
  • No student may register for a Human Resources Management and Labor Relations, M.S. course until fully admitted into either the M.S. program. (Students transferring from another NYIT graduate program into the M.S. program must satisfy the admissions criteria for the M.S. program.)

Waivers and Transfers

These policies ensure program integrity and also that student ability to attain the learning goals of the program is not compromised. The non-waivable program core credit hour requirement must be completed in the School of Management in its entirety.


  • Undergraduate and graduate coursework completed elsewhere, but only from a regionally accredited institution, may be used to waive credit hour requirements in the M.S. waivable program core. If equivalencies are established, certification of competency in these areas by means of a proficiency examination such as CLEP or significant work-related experience may be considered.
  • A grade of C- or better is required for any course utilized to waive a course in the M.S. waivable program core.


  • A maximum of nine credit hours completed elsewhere, but only from a regionally accredited institution, may be transferred in partial fulfillment of the curriculum requirements of the M.S. program.
  • Transfer of courses will only be considered for those with a grade of B or higher and must not have been applied toward another degree.
  • Courses presented for transfer credit must be submitted for consideration with official transcripts from the other program, and must have been completed within five years of initial acceptance into the M.S. program.