Employment Relations

Why Employment Relations @ Memorial?

The Master of Employment Relations (MER) program is offered jointly by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Business Administration. From career counseling to contract negotiations, the MER program will help you effectively manage relationships in your organization. This part-time multi-disciplinary program provides advanced-level study of all aspects of the employment relationship. Students choose our high ranking multidisciplinary Master of Employment Relations (MER) program to study employment relations for the following reasons: 

  • Our MER program allows students to become specialists in the area of Employment Relations.
  • It was ranked fifth in Canada and 39th in North America in the 2013-14 Eduniversal Best Master’s Ranking by Eduniversal Observatory and published at www.best-masters.com.
  • It is ranked in the category of top 200 best master’s in human resources management.
  • Our MER graduates go on to careers in recruitment and selection, human resource managers roles, health and safety and labour relations advisor roles to name a few.

Learn about labour market trends, the latest research in industrial relations, and best practices in human resources management. With core courses in business, sociology, history, and economics, the MER considers the employment relationship from a variety of viewpoints, including yours! 

Description of program

  • MER – The MER program is offered by full-time or part-time study and involves 36 credit hours of coursework. Full-time students normally complete the program in one academic year.

Minimum admission requirements

  • MER – Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) in an appropriate area of study. For applicants whose prior university instruction was not in English, demonstration of English language proficiency is required. (Minimum TOEFL scores are: 580 for the paper-based test; 237 on the computer-based test; or 92 on the Internet-based test. The minimum IELTS score is an overall band score of 7.0.).

 Note: All figures are in Canadian dollars and subject to change. Fees are approved by the University’s Board of Regents. In the event of a discrepancy between the fees approved by the Board and those published on this website, the fees approved by the Board will prevail. Financial policies are enforced through the Department of Financial and Administrative Services. For the complete and official list of all fees and charges, visit www.mun.ca/finance/fees/.

Program Information
Degrees Offered:





MER: 1-3 years


St. John's

Application Deadline:

February 15 for Fall admission (full-time or part-time)

August 15 for Winter admission (full-time or part-time)
*You cannot complete the program within 1 year if you are admitted to the winter semester

Tuition (NL students):

MER: $635-$953/semester

Tuition (Other Canadian students):

MER: $826-$1,239/semester

Tuition (International students):

MER: $1,074-$1,611/semester

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