The master's and certificate programs offered by the Schmidt Labor Research Center are programs that prepare graduates for professional careers in the fields of labor relations and human resources. While a graduate degree certifies a certain level of knowledge to potential employers and universities, our main objective is the development of professional knowledge. As graduate level programs, they also have a rigorous academic component, that is, they are more than professional development programs in that they involve a research and knowledge creation component.
The faculty at the Schmidt Labor Research look to identify high quality students through our recruitment and admissions screening processes. This means we seek students who can meet the challenges of advanced academic work. Specially, we look for evidence of:
To apply for the MS or graduate certificate programs, use the Graduate School's online application process. You will be required to upload scanned copies of supporting material such as transcripts. If you are accepted and intend to matriculate into a graduate program, you will be required to provide original official transcripts before your start date. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of your two references. Your references will receive emails with instructions for submitting recommendations.
The graduate application is $65.00, which must be paid when submitting your application. If you are applying for either the MS program or a graduate certificate program and paid the graduate application within the past 3 years, the application fee will be waived. 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 Pellagio (email@example.com) at the Graduate School to waive the application fee before submitting your application
Undergraduate majors in any field will be considered for admission. Those with social science, history, management, and labor studies majors are especially encouraged to apply, as are those with engineering, nursing, education, urban affairs, African-American studies, and women's studies backgrounds. Your overall GPA will be considered, however, we will also look at your performance in courses most clearly related in subject manner to courses in our program.
Professional experience in labor relations, human resource management, or leadership roles will carry additional weight in admissions decisions.
Admission to the master's degree program requires submission of scores from one of the following:
For students applying to the dual MS/JD program, the LSAT will be accepted. There are a number of exceptions to the admission test requirement. These are:
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam is required of applicants from foreign countries. The minimum acceptable score is 550 (213 on the computer-based TOEFL exam). Required minimum scores on the new internet-based TOEFL (IBT) are: Reading 20; Writing 22; Listening 17; and Speaking 17. TOEFL Web Site
Two letters of recommendation are required. These letter should be from individuals familiar with your academic and/or professional work. Your should ask your references to comment on your ability to do graduate level work, your ability to contribute to the program, your motivation to complete the program, or your ability to work cooperatively.
Students may enroll in a limited number of courses prior to official entry into the program as non-matriculating (non-degree) students. Courses in which the student earns a grade of "B" or better taken on a non-matriculating basis will count towards degree requirements. To register for courses on a non-matriculating basis, you must complete and submit the Non-degree Student Application Form. Your performance in SLRC courses taken as a non-matriculating student will have a strong impact on our admission recommendation to the graduate school.
For an incoming graduate student to be considered a Rhode Island resident, s/he must be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident and have established a bona fide permanent residence in the state for at least one full year prior to the first class day of the first term of his/her registration, OR be legally married to an individual who has been a Rhode Island resident for at least one full year prior to the first class day of the first term of registration.
Members of the Armed Forces (and spouses) on active duty stationed in Rhode Island on military orders qualify for classification as a Rhode Island resident student during any semester in which the first class day is encompassed by the orders.
To establish residency, you must file a residency form with your application. Mail the residency directly to the SLRC at the address below. Click here for Residency Form. For more information about the URI residency policy, click here for Residency Policy
This policy applies to both Graduate Certificate applicants and MS applicants
Applications should be submitted online at the Graduate Admissions Web site. Supporting material such as letters of reference, residency forms, and transcripts should be sent to the following address:
Charles T. Schmidt, Jr. Labor Research Center
University of Rhode Island
Hart House, 36 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: (401) 874-2239
Fax: (401) 874-2954
Important Note: Once your have submitted your application, you will be blocked from registering for courses on eCampus until an admission decision is made by the Graduate School. Therefore, if you are applying close to the beginning of a semester, make sure you can complete all portions of the application and all application support documents arrive in time for a decision prior to the first day of classes. Please allow two weeks for the application to be processed once all material is received. If you have any questions about this part of the process, please contact the director, Dr. Scholl, directly (firstname.lastname@example.org; 401.874.4347)
Deadlines for applications and supporting documents are April 15th for summer admission, July 15th for fall admission, and November 15th for spring admission. If you are applying for financial aid, your application and supporting materials should be received by February 1st. Applications received after these deadlines will be considered on a space available basis.