Application
Q How do I apply for the SLRC Master’s Degree Program?
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You can either apply directly online (Graduate Admissions) or request a paper application by calling (401) 874-2239.  In addition to the application form, you need to provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have attended, 2 letters of recommendation, the application fee ($65), and residency form.  You will also have to arrange to have your test scores (GMAT, GRE, Miller’s Analogies, or LSAT) sent to the SLRCI. Transcripts and letters of recommendation must be received in a sealed envelope with a signature across the seal.   A resume is recommended.  If you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way, feel free to call us.

Q I am interested in the Dual MS/JD program.  How do I apply for this option?
A You have to apply to each program separately.  To apply for the MS program, follow the procedures outlined above.  To apply to the Roger Williams University JD program, see Roger Williams University Admissions.  If you wish to use your LSAT test scores, you will have to contact RWU and request that they send your test scores to URI.  LSAT test scores can be released only to a law school.
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How do I apply for the Graduate Certificate Programs in Labor Relations or Human Resources?

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You can either apply directly online (Graduate Admissions) or request a paper application by calling (401) 874-2239.  In addition to the application form, you need to provide transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have attended and 2 letters of recommendation. 

Q Do all applicants have to take standardized admission tests?
A Admission tests are a requirement of admission set by the Graduate School.  We accept the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), the Miller’s Analogies (MAT), and the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), for those applying for the Dual MS/JD program.  Applicants holding a PhD or MD degree are waived from the admission test requirement.  Admissions tests are not required for the Graduate Certificate Programs.  The Admission test requirement is waived for MS program applicants who have completed a Graduate Certificate in either Labor Relations or Human resources with a GPA of 3.5 or greater.
Q What are the application deadlines?
A 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.  To insure that your application is reviewed in a timely manner, we suggest that you adhere to these published deadlines.  Applications completed after these dates will be reviewed on a space available basis.
  Non-Matriculating Status
Q Can I take courses before applying to see if I like graduate work?
A  Yes.  You may take up to 5 courses as a non-matriculating student that will earn credit toward the MS degree.  Please be aware that taking 5 courses as a non-matriculating student eliminates your ability to transfer courses from other universities in the event that you move from the area.  It is to the student's advantage to matriculate into the program as early as possible.  Students wishing to earn a Graduate Certificate in Labor Relations or Human Resources must apply to these programs before taking courses
Q Do courses taken as a non-matriculating student count towards my degree requirements?
A Yes. Up to 5 courses (15 credits) may be taken as a non-matriculating student.  Please be aware that your performance in these classes will be used to evaluate you application to the MS program should you decide to apply.
Q How do I register for courses as a non-matriculating student?
A To register for courses as a non-matriculating student, you must first register as a non-matriculating student.  Doing so will place you in the university’s student database and give you access to the e-Campus system.  Once you have non-matriculating student status you can register for courses.  We recommend that you take LRS 500 as your first course if you are considering applying or are in the process of applying for the MS program.  To register as a non-matriculating student, CLICK HERE to download the application form or call the Center at 874-2239 and we will send one to you.  Send the form (along with the $25 application fee) to: FINANCE & RECORDS; URI/ASFCCE Room 205: 80 Washington Street; Providence, RI 02903. 
Getting Admitted
Q When will my application be reviewed?
A Completed applications are reviewed on a continuous basis.  When your application is complete (Application form, transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, and application fee), it will be reviewed by the faculty of the Schmidt Labor Research Center.  The application package is then sent to the Graduate School along with the recommendation of the faculty.  Once the Graduate School makes a decision, you will be informed in writing.
Q Are there minimum test scores or a minimum undergraduate GPA required for admission?
A The short answer is no.  Applicants are reviewed on their ability to complete program requirements successfully and their likelihood of making a meaningful contribution to the program.  The three main predictors of these criteria are prior coursework (both baccalaureate and post baccalaureate), your test scores, and your work experience.  All three are taken together in making the admissions decision.
Q Will program courses taken as a non-matriculating student be considered in the admissions process?
A Absolutely!  Strong performance in these courses can increase your chances of admission in that they are recent evidence of your ability to succeed in the program.  Please be aware that weak performance can likewise decrease your chances of admission.  In no case will an applicant be admitted with a GPA of less than 3.0 in non-matriculating courses.
 Degree Requirements
Q What are the program requirements?
  The program consists of 13 three-credit courses (39 credits) and a comprehensive examination which will test your knowledge and application of material covered in 7 of the 9 core courses (LRS 500 and LRS 580 are excluded).  There are 9 required/core courses and 4 elective courses.  Students select to specialize in either Labor Relations or Human Resources and use two elective courses for this specialization.  While there is no thesis, the requirement for LRS 580 is to write a major research paper on a topic of your choosing.
A Can I specialize in both Labor Relations and Human Resource Administration?
  Yes.  By taking the two HRA electives and two of the three LR electives you can specialize in both within the 39 credit program. 
Q Is there a minimum grade I must earn in my graduate courses?
A You must maintain a “B” (3.0) GPA to remain in good standing and eventually earn your degree.  Students falling below a 3.0 GPA will be placed on provisional status.  Once you are placed on provisional status, you have 9.0 credits to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0.  For graduate courses, the minimum passing grade is “C” (2.0).  A “C-” is considered a failing grade. The course must be repeated, or in the case of an elective, it may be replaced.  The failing grade will be used in the calculation of your GPA even if the course is repeated.
Q Is there a time limit to compete my degree?
A The graduate student manual specifies that degree requirements shall be met within five calendar years after the date when the candidate is first enrolled as a graduate student at the University. With the submission of a written request for an extension and a schedule for completion (endorsed SLRC Director) a specific time limited extension may be approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.
Q Once I start the program, do I have to take a course every semester?
A As a graduate student, you are expected to remain continuously enrolled until you have completed all requirements and have received your degree or you will be considered to have voluntarily withdrawn from graduate status.  This does not include summer session (only fall and spring semester).  If you are unable to take a course during a semester, you can file for a leave of absence.  This will maintain your continuous enrollment and the semester will not be counted toward your 5 year time limit.
Q Is there a thesis required?
A No.  While there is no thesis, the requirement for LRS 580 is to write a major research paper on a topic of your choosing. Go to the Seminar Research Series page to see examples of papers written by our graduates.
Q Is there a comprehensive examination?
A Yes.  The comprehensive exam tests your knowledge of material covered in the core courses (LRS 521, LRS 526, LRS 531, LRS 541, LRS 542, LRS 544 & LRS 551).  The exam is given in April of each year. 
  Program of Study
Q What is a Program of Study (POS)?
A Your Program of Study (POS) is essentially your contract with the Graduate School.  It is submitted to the Graduate School in your first semester of matriculation.  It specifies your required/core courses, your chosen electives, courses taken as a non-matriculating student to be credited toward your degree requirements, and any transfer credits to be granted.
Q How do I file a POS?
A During your first semester, you should meet with Dr. Scholl, the program director.  During this meeting you will specify your specialization (Labor Relations or Human Resource Administration) and your desired electives. 
Q Can I change my POS once it is approved by the Graduate School?
A Yes.  If you change your mind about your desired specialization or elective course you can file a revised POS at anytime.  However, transfer courses taken prior to matriculation must be filed with your initial POS.
Q What are my elective options?
A Most students select electives from the elective courses offered by the faculty of the SLRC.  Among these electives you will find LRS 591 (Directed Readings) and LRS 581 (Internship).  A directed readings course is specialized study and research under the direction of a SLRC faculty member.  An internship involves practical work experience in labor relations or human resources.  There is also an academic requirement for an internship which generally involves documentation, analysis, and critique of your work experience.  In some cases, students may take graduate level courses offered by other colleges within the university to meet elective requirements.  These must be approved in advance by the program director.
Q Can I take courses at another college or university to satisfy degree requirements?
A Yes.  In some cases, it is appropriate to take a course at another college or university to satisfy requirements specified in your POS.  This generally happens when the student desires a specialized course that we do not offer or the student moves from the area.  There are strict requirements as to how many credits can be transferred into the program.  All transfer courses require prior approval from the program director and the Graduate School.
Q How can I be sure I am fulfilling all of my responsibilities as a graduate student?
A All of the requirements, obligations, rights and privileges of graduate students are enumerated in the Graduate Student Manual. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (401) 874-2239.
Course Offerings
Q How can I find out what courses are being offered each semester?
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There are a number of ways to find course schedules.  These include:

  1. Log on to the e-Campus system.
  2. Semester schedules are posted on our website.
Q Where are classes held?
A Classes are held in Providence and Kingston.  In Providence, all classes are held in the Shepard Building at 80 Washington Street.  Free Parking for students registered for classes is available at the Convention Center parking garage.  Kingston courses are held in one of the many academic buildings on campus.  Check course schedules for exact building and room.  Parking is available in student parking lots across campus.  Approximately 70% of our courses are taught in Providence with the remainder being taught in Kingston.
Q What time are courses held?
A   Courses are offered Monday through Thursday evenings, generally starting at 6:00 pm.  Some courses may begin at 7:00 pm.  Classes run for 2 hours and 45 minutes and meet one evening a week throughout the 15 week semester.  LRS 542 meets on 8 Saturdays during the Fall semester from 9 am to 2 pm.
Q When do Summer classes meet?
A   There are two 5 week summer sessions.  Summer Session I generally begins the Monday after URI graduation (Weekend before Memorial Day weekend) and continues though June.  Summer Session II begins the Monday after the conclusion of Summer Session II.  Summer classes meet twice a week from 6 pm to 9:45 pm.
Course Registration
Q How do I register for courses?
A To register for courses, you must register on-line using the e-Campus system.  Once you are admitted or register as a non-matriculating student, you will be given a user ID and password to enter into the e-Campus system.  Once in the system, you will use the navigational links to add, drop, and make changes to your course schedule. 
Q How do I register for courses as a non-matriculating student?
A To register for courses as a non-matriculating student, you first must register as a non-matriculating student.  Doing so will place you in the university’s student database and give you access to the e-Campus system.  Once you have non-matriculating student status you can register for a course.  We recommend that you take LRS 500 as your first course if you are considering applying or are in the process of applying for the MS program.  To register as a non-degree student, CLICK HERE to download the application form.
  Program Faculty
Q Who teaches SLRC courses?
A Courses offered by the SLRC in labor relations and human resources are taught by members of the SLRC faculty.  In addition to the five faculty members who are solely affiliated with the SLRC, the SLRC faculty consists of members of various URI departments (Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Management, and Education) with expertise and experience in labor relations and/or human resources.
Q How can I contact SLRC faculty members?
A Go to the on-line listing of faculty members to get office phone numbers and email addresses or you can call the center at (401) 874-2239.
  Financial Aid
Q What types of financial aid are available?
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There are a couple of forms of financial assistance available to SLRC MS students. 

  1. Graduate Assistantships (GA’s).  Graduate Assistants are employed by many departments and offices on campus (e.g., financial aid, housing).  As a GA, you will typically work for 20 hours/week.  GA’s receive a stipend of $13,144/year, free tuition, free parking, and health insurance.  GA’s are represented by Graduate Assistants United (GAU).  The SLRC employs two GA to work at the center.  For other GA positions, please contact the department to which you are applying for information on the availability of assistantships.
  2. Loans- See “Financing a URI Education” on the Enrollment Services web page.
Career Prospects
A For what types of careers does the SLRC prepare its students?
Q The Masters of Science curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in business and public organizations as labor relations and human resource professionals; government positions (e.g., FMCS, NLRB); and as professionals working for unions.  For a list of our alumni and their respective roles, see: Alumni List.
  General Questions
Q Who is Charles T. Schmidt, Jr.?
A Dr. Charles (Ted) Schmidt, Jr. is the founding Director of the Labor Research Center (1983) that now bears his name, and Professor Emeritus of Industrial Relations at the University of Rhode Island.  He came to URI in 1968 as an Associate Professor of Industrial Relations after serving on the faculty of the University of Minnesota’s Industrial Relations Center. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1968, his Master’s in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell’s’ ILR School in 1964, and MBA from Northeastern University in 1962, and a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1958.  In addition to his unswerving dedication to the LRC as its architect, founder, director, teacher and research contributor, Professor Schmidt is an active labor arbitrator and mediator.  His email address (tedsox@cox.net) tells you about his true passion
Q Where is the Hart House?
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The Hart House is home to the Schmidt Labor research Center.  It is located on the Kingston Campus at 36 Upper College Road

From Route 1: Travel about 4 miles west on Route 138.  Turn right on Upper College Road.  The Hart House is mile on the left.  There is a driveway on the left side of the house leading to our parking lot.

From Route 95: Travel about 10 miles east on Route 138 (exit 3).  Turn left on Upper College Road.  The Hart House is mile on the left.  There is a driveway on the left side of the house leading to our parking lot.