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Accelerate your career with a Master of Human Resources and Employment Law

Earn a degree in human resources and employment law

This employment law degree is a non-Juris Doctor graduate program taught out of Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. This program prepares both entry-level and established professionals working in human resources, recruitment and operations. You’ll gain an understanding of legal and regulatory frameworks that impact working with employees and independent contractors in the public and private sector.

This degree is an opportunity for new and established professionals in this industry to further their skills and credentials. Notably, the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), a premier HR professional organization with more than 300,000 members globally, has recognized ASU’s college of law as the first law school fully aligned with the SHRM curriculum guidelines. This alignment provides students enrolled in this Master of Human Resources and Employment Law the opportunity to apply for the SHRM Certification Professional (SHRM-CP) exam. Achieving this certification is an important distinction that many employers recognize in hiring and promoting HR and employment law professionals.

Current and future students who complete this HR law program may be eligible for the SHRM-CP exam. Students who already have SHRM certification will receive continuing education credit for the courses they have or will complete.

Quick facts

Next start dates: May 16, 2024 (Summer 2024); August 22, 2024 (Fall 2024)

Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

Offered in-person and online
No entrance exam required

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Master of Human Resources and Employment Law, MHREL

The Master of Human Resources and Employment Law (MHREL) degree allows professionals to identify and solve critical employment-related problems organizations face. Its curriculum is fully aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management guidelines.

MHREL is a non-Juris Doctor graduate degree program that is tailor made for both entry-level and established human resources, recruitment and operations professionals. The online or in-person program aims to help non-lawyer professionals understand the legal and regulatory framework that governs recruiting, hiring, maintaining, promoting and dismissal of employees and independent contractors in the public and private sectors. The MHREL program consists of 30 credit hours that can be completed either in-person or online in one to three years on a full-time or part-time basis.

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Earn your graduate degree in law online

The law touches every career. Accordingly, students that apply to our master's level programs come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds and are looking to move up the ladder in their current career or to pursue new and exciting career options.

The online Master of Legal Studies, online Master of Human Resources and Employment Law are unique advanced legal degrees for non-lawyers. These 30-credit programs enables professionals to gain a foundation in U.S. law in as little as one year and without pursuing a full law degree.

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