Employment Relations at Queen's University has a long-standing commitment to teaching and research. Its graduate programs are designed to prepare students to become highly effective professionals in labour relations and human resource management, who possess a balanced appreciation for all aspects of employment relations, and have the advanced skills and intellectual flexibility  to function knowledgeably and analytically in their workplaces throughout their careers. All of these programs provide the knowledge and skills to respond effectively to current organizational requirements and future challenges relating to the employment relations. Specific goals and objectives include the following: A thorough grounding in industrial relations theory and practice Familiarity with current research and developments in the field broadly and the ability to critically interpret this research A multi-disciplinary approach to understanding research and practice in industrial relations, including a grounding in labour policy, labour relations and human resources management, labour law and labour economics An understanding of evolving employment relationships and organizational dynamics A solid foundation in labour policy and legislation, the law governing the employment relationship and the collective bargaining relationship, and human rights law These objectives are achieved through a combination of formal coursework, analytical skills seminars, and independent research. Coursework involves, lectures, group work, simulations, case studies and interactions with visiting senior practitioners and policy makers in public and private sector organizations and labour unions. To learn more about our academic programs please see the descriptions and links below.

Academic Programs


The Queen’s undergraduate Certificate in Employment Relations focuses on core elements of the field of work and employee-management relations, while taking account of social science perspectives from economics, law, management, and history.
The undergraduate Certificate in Employment Relations provides a broad foundation in the field of employment relations, including the areas of labour/employment law, labour-management relations, conflict management and negotiations, human resources management, and labour policy. Taken together, these courses and the resulting Certificate form the basis for a recognized university credential that will support students who are seeking entry level jobs in labour relations and human resources management after leaving Queen’s.



The one-year, full-time Master of Industrial Relations program (MIR) attracts new graduates as well as career employees wishing to renew or upgrade their credentials.



The part-time Professional Master of Industrial Relations (PMIR) program allows experienced professionals the opportunity to pursue graduate studies, while meeting full-time employment and personal responsibilities.



This joint degree program is offered in cooperation with the Faculty of Law to those with strong interests in employment and labour law.

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