SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS

The Master of Employment Relations (MER) is a multi-disciplinary programme providing advanced level study of all aspects of the employment relationship.

The MER programme is offered by full-time or part-time study and involves 30 credit hours of course work, including a major supervised paper. Candidates registered on a full-time basis will normally complete the programme in one academic year.

The following regulations must be read in conjunction with the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies of Memorial University.

A) ADMINISTRATION

B) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

C) DEADLINES FOR APPLICATIONS

D) PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION

E) PROGRAMME OF STUDY

F) EVALUATION

G) COURSES

TABLE I - SCHEDULE OF COURSES

TABLE II - CORE COURSES

TABLE III - ELECTIVE COURSES


A) ADMINISTRATION

1. The programme shall be administered by a Director, who shall be appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Deans of Arts and Business Administration. In making this recommendation, the Deans of Arts and Business Administration shall consult with the employment relations community both within and outside the University.

2. The Director shall be responsible to a Graduate Committee in Employment Relations (GCER) for the purposes of administering the programme. The GCER shall consist of five members appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Director. The GCER will include the Director, who shall chair the committee, and two faculty members from each of the Faculties of Arts and Business Administration.

3. An Advisory Board in Employment Relations (ABER) shall be established for the purposes of consulting with and obtaining feedback from the employment relations community. The ABER will consist of a broad cross-section of members from the employment relations community both within and outside the University who shall be appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Director.

B) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

1. Admission is limited and competitive.

2. To be considered for admission to the MER programme, an applicant shall have:

a) An undergraduate degree, with a minimum B standing, from an institution recognized by Senate; and

b) An undergraduate course in organizational behaviour and microeconomics, from an institution recognized by Senate, with a minimum B standing in each course.

3. In exceptional cases, applicants who have not completed an undergraduate degree may be considered for admission. Non-degree holding applicants must demonstrate significant professional experience and success in employment relations and have completed an undergraduate course in organizational behaviour and microeconomics, from an institution recognized by Senate, with a minimum B standing in each course.

4. All applicants are strongly encouraged to complete an introductory course in statistics prior to admission.

C) DEADLINES FOR APPLICATIONS

1. Applicants seeking full-time enrolment will normally only be admitted to the programme in the Fall (September) semester.

2. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 15 for applicants wishing to enter full-time or part-time studies in the Fall (September) semester.

3. Applications must be postmarked not later than August 15 for applicants wishing to enter part-time studies in the Winter (January) semester.

4. Individuals submitting applications later than the above dates are not assured of consideration for admission to the programme in the semester desired; their applications will be processed only if time and resources permit.

D) PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION

1. Applications for admission to the MER programme must be made on the appropriate form and submitted to the School of Graduate Studies.

2. The following documents must be submitted in support of the official application form:

a) Letter of appraisal from three referees, at least one of whom is capable of appraising the applicant's academic potential as a graduate student, and at least one of whom is capable of appraising the applicant's professional experience and/or actual or likely success in a career in employment relations.

b) Two copies of the MER Employment Experience Information Form.

c) Two official transcripts from each university or other post-secondary institution previously attended, to be sent directly by its Registrar (or equivalent officer) to the School of Graduate Studies. If not recorded on the transcript, official evidence of completion of undergraduate degree must also be submitted.

3. Application files are normally evaluated after the deadline dates for application noted above and only when all required documentation has been received.

4. Admission shall be by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the GCER. Upon notification from the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies of acceptance into the MER programme, applicants must give written notice to the School of Graduate Studies of their intention to register.

E) PROGRAMME OF STUDY

1. The MER programme consists of 30 credit hours of course work as specified in Table I. These include 24 hours of compulsory courses and 6 hours of elective courses. The compulsory courses are comprised of 18 hours of core courses specified in Table II and 6 hours for a research seminar.

2. The compulsory core courses introduce students to the three main areas of study in the programme: labour-management relations; human resources management; and labour market and social policy analysis.

3. Electives allow students to specialize in one or more of the three main areas of study. Electives must be chosen from the list of approved electives specified in Table III. Other courses may be approved and added to Table III from time to time by the GCER.

4. Candidates are responsible for fulfilling all pre-requisites and may require special permission from the Department offering an elective to enrol in the course.

5. The Research Seminar in Employment Relations requires students to design and execute an independent research project. This course is divided into three parts, representing 2 credit hours of course work in each of the Fall, Winter and Spring semesters. Part I requires the identification of a research problem, part II requires the development and execution of a methodology appropriate to addressing the problem, and part III requires the analysis of results, including completion of a final report. The problem, methodology and analysis of results will be undertaken by the candidate in consultation with the course instructor(s).

6. Candidates enrolled in Research Seminar in Employment Relations will normally have completed an introductory course in statistics. If candidates' records suggest a deficiency in statistics, the GCER reserves the right to require that they complete a foundation course in statistics as part of, and to be completed during, their programme.

7. Candidates enrolled in part-time studies must complete the 18 hours of core courses before enrolling in the research seminar course, and at least 9 hours of core courses before enrolling in an elective course.

8. A waiver of a core course may be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the GCER if the candidate can demonstrate that the material in the course has been substantially covered by other courses taken at this or another recognized university. In such cases, the course must be replaced by another course offered by Memorial University in consultation with the candidate, and approved by the GCER. The maximum number of core courses that can be waived is 3 and all replacement courses must be taken during the candidate's period of enrollment in the programme.

9. Each student's programme of study must be approved by the GCER. The GCER reserves the right to restrict candidates from taking particular courses if it is deemed that those courses do not add sufficient value beyond courses that the candidate has completed at the undergraduate level.

F) EVALUATION

1. Candidates for the MER Degree must obtain a grade of B or better in all programme courses.

2. Candidates who receive a grade of less than B in a programme course will be permitted to remain in the programme, provided the course is repeated and passed with a grade of B or better. Alternatively, the candidate may, on the recommendation of the GCER, and with the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies, substitute another graduate course. Only one course repetition or substitution will be permitted during the candidate's programme after which the candidate shall be required to withdraw from the programme.

G) COURSES

The schedule of courses for the MER programme is as follows:

TABLE I - Schedule of Courses

Term I (Fall)
Three core courses from Table II
One elective from Table III
EMRE 6010. Research Seminar in Employment Relations I (2 credit hours)

Term II (Winter)
Three core courses from Table II
One elective from Table III
EMRE 6020. Research Seminar in Employment Relations II (2 credit hours)

Term III (Spring)
EMRE 6030. Research Seminar in Employment Relations III (2 credit hours)

TABLE II - Core Courses

BUSI 8204. Human Resources Management
BUSI 8210. Labour Relations
BUSI (course number to be approved). Labour Law
ECON (course number to be approved). Labour Market Economics
HIST 6075. Advanced Studies in Labour and Working-Class History
SOCI 6360. Sociology of Work

TABLE III - Elective Courses

Labour-Management Relations:
BUSI 9013. Collective Agreement Administration and Arbitration

Human Resources Management:
BUSI 8104. Organizations: Behaviour and Structure
BUSI 8208. Strategic Management
BUSI 9311. Seminar in Human Resources Management [Prerequisite: 8204]
BUSI 9317. Current Issues in HRM
BUSI 9327. Human Issues in International Business
BUSI 9328. Change Management
EDUC 6203. Leadership: Theory and Practice
EDUC 6600. Learning and Motivation
EDUC 6706. Career Education and Career Counselling
EDUC 6802. Adult Learning and Development
EDUC 6401. Attitudes and Social Cognition
EDUC 6402. Group Processes

Labour Market and Social Policy Analysis:
BUSI 8108. Economics for Business
ECON 6000. Advanced Micro-economic Theory
ECON 6001. Advanced Macro-economic Theory
HIST 6000. Advanced Studies in Newfoundland History
HIST 6070. Advanced Studies in Social History
HIST 6090. Advanced Studies in Women's History
HIST 6120. Advanced Studies in Economic and Business History
POSC 6700. Canadian Politics
POSC 6770. Canadian Provincial Politics
SOCI 6320. Gender and Society
SOCI 6370. Feminist Theory and Methods
SCWK 6230. Seminar in Community Development
WSTD 6000. Feminist Theory

NOTE: Students may require special permission from the graduate programme prior to enrolling in a course.


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