Schmidt Labor Research Center - MS and Graduate Certificate Application Process

To apply for either the MS in Labor Relations and Human Resources, the Graduate Certificate in Labor Relations, or the Graduate Certificate in Human Resources program, please follow the steps listed on this page. The application process is entirely online.

See also: Special Instructions for MPA's and MBA's (Certificate Program Applications)

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  1. Obtain copies of your college transcripts.
For application purposes, these may be unofficial transcripts. If you are admitted you will need to submit official transcripts before the end of your first semester.
  1. Complete the Graduate School's online application using the ApplyYourself system. To be complete, the application should include:
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Note: If you have a previous application and wish to re-apply to a new program,  you must create a new account and start a new application using a different e-mail address. 
    1. All applicable lines of the application completed
If this is not your first application to the Graduate School, you must use a email address that is different from the one used on your previous applcaition. For example, if you used a gmail address when applying to the MPA or MSLRHR, you can use your address for the second application.
    1. Application fee ($65) - Paid online using a credit card
The application fee can be waived for applicants who are currently matriculated and enrolled graduate students in a graduate program. The new online application system is not yet programmed to recognize applicants who have previously paid a graduate application fee. If the second fee waiver policy applies to you, please contact Shandra Pelagio ( at the Graduate School to waive the application fee after starting the application, but before submitting your application.
  1. Personal Statement
Should include your (1) objectives for obtaining the degree or certificate, (2) how you think the program will help you meet these objectives, and (3) how you think you can contribute to other students in the program.
    1. College Transcripts
Upload PDF copies of all transcripts
    1. References (2)
Provide names and email addresses of two references. These letters should be from individuals familiar with your academic and/or professional work. . References will be sent a link to a rating form (with comment boxes) via email.
  1. Certificate of Residency
The MS program qualifies for regional student tuition. Connecticut and Massachusetts residents should complete this portion of the application. See RI Residency or Regional Tuition.
  1. Resume
  1. Submit Application
It is imperative that you provide a working e-mail address and check it regularly for updates. The Graduate School will NOT mail hard copies of decision letters. If you are accepted, you will receive instructions for creating your e-campus account and declaring your intention to matriculate.

Once you click the submit button, you will be blocked from registering for courses in eCampus until an admission decision is made by the Graduate School. If you are matriculating in a MS program (e.g., MBA, MPA) you should register for classes for the next semester prior to submitting your application.
  1. MS applications only: Submit Test Scores (GRE, GMAT, MAT, LSAT).
Test score reports are sent directly by the testing institution; the ETS institution code for the University of Rhode Island is 3919.

The admission test will be waived for applicants to the MS program who have have completed either the Labor Relations Certificate or Human Resources Certificate programs with a GPA of 3.5 or greater.

Applicantd to the MS/JD program should request Roger Williams Law School to send a copy of their LSAT results to the SLRC.
  1. If you are admitted by the Graduate School, follow instructions to accept the admission offer
Set up your URI email account. Announcements and other email from the SLRC use your email address. See SLRC Communication Guidelines