Employment Relations

The Employment Relations Programs at Queen’s University offers many exciting opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and working professionals to develop engaging careers in the growing and diverse field of employment relations.

Learn more about each of our programs below to choose the pathway that will best help you to “Shape the world of work”!

Location: 
Robert Sutherland Hall
Room number: 
217
Program Director: 
Richard Chaykowski
Program Assistant: 
Anne-Marie Bergman

The BA General/Minor in Employment Relations allows Queen’s undergraduate students to develop in-demand and marketable skills while completing a Major Plan in another discipline. Taking the courses that comprise this Minor will provide a highly transferable set of skills and knowledge that prepare students to understand, navigate and ultimately shape the world of work, having a positive impact on the organizations and people they lead.

Delivery Mode: Online and on-campus

Number of Units: 30 credits

Who Can Apply? The Employment Relations BA General/Minor is open to all Queen's undergraduate students completing a Major Plan in another discipline as part of a Bachelor of Arts (Honors), Bachelor of Computing (Honours), Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), or Bachelor of Science (Honours).

Courses:

  • EMPR 100 (3.0 units): Introduction to Employment Relations
  • EMPR 110 (3.0 units): Workplace Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • EMPR 200 (3.0 units): Work and Employment Relations in Canada (online)
  • EMPR 210 (3.0 units): Employment Relations and Labour Law (online)
  • EMPR 220 (3.0 units): Conflict Resolution (online)
  • EMPR 230 (3.0 units): Managing Human Resources and Employment Relations (online)
  • EMPR 240 (3.0 units): Workplace Policies and Governance (online)
  • EMPR 250 (3.0 units): Managing Workplace Health, Safety and Wellness (online)
  • EMPR 260 (3.0 units): Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace
  • EMPR 270 (3.0 units): Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
  • EMPR 280 (3.0 units): Finance and Accounting for HR Professionals (online 2021)
  • EMPR 320 (3.0 units): Workplace Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • EMPR 330 (3.0 units): Strategic HR Management: Building High Performance Workplaces
  • EMPR 331 (3.0 units): Compensation
  • EMPR 335 (3.0 units): Managing Employee Attitudes for Organizational Success
  • EMPR 370 (3.0 units): Human Resource Analytics

How to Apply? Learn more at https://www.queensu.ca/artsci/undergrad-students/plan-selection

The online or on-campus Certificate in Employment Relations is designed as an additional credential to support those seeking jobs in labour relations and human resources management.

Students will be introduced to the theory, policy and legal frameworks behind the employment relationship, and how these can be applied to assess workplace challenges and problems.

Delivery Mode: Online or on-campus

Number of Units: 15 units

Who Can Apply?

  • Current Arts and Science students (online or on-campus)
  • Current Engineering, Business, Health Science students
  • Alumni
  • Future Queen's students

Courses:

 

How to Apply?

Current Arts and Science (online or on-campus) Students Simply send an email  to the Student Services Team in Arts and Science and they will get it added to your student account.

Current Engineering, Business, Health Science Students Simply send an email to the Student Services Team in Arts and Science and they will get it added to your student account.

Part-time, Off-campus, Future Queen's Students If you aren't a Queen's student (yet) but would like to take the Employment Relations Certificate, it is available online, part-time through Arts and Science Online. Click here to apply.

Queen's Alumni If you are a former Queen's undergraduate student, or if you have earned an undergraduate degree from Queen's, please request your Certificate by filling out the Return to Studies Form found here.

The Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) degree program is a one-year program designed to further develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies that human resources and labour relations professionals need to grow their careers:

  • A thorough grounding in labour relations and human resources practice;
  • An understanding of evolving employment relationships and organizational dynamics;
  • An understanding of the laws governing the individual employment and collective bargaining relationship;
  • The capacity to collect and analyze data on current workplace issues and interpret research in the field;
  • The skill set of the new HR/LR professional – consulting, facilitation, leadership, coaching, team building and communication.

Delivery: 10-12 months, primarily on-campus

Who Can Apply? Anyone with a four-year bachelor's degree (in any discipline) with upper second-class standing from a recognized university and demonstrated evidence of strong academic potential. An applicant whose native languages do not include English must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan University English Language test with a required score of at least 623 to be admitted to the program. 

 

Courses:

Core (Required) Courses (3.0 credits):

MIR 810 - Unions and Collective Bargaining

MIR 823 - Industrial Relations and Labour Law I

MIR 824 - Industrial Relations and Labour Law II

MIR 830 - Human Resources Management

MIR 840 - Labour Economics and Industrial Relations

MIR 850 - Organizational Behavior

MIR 897 - Analytical Methods for HRM/IR

Elective Courses (3.0 or 1.0 credits) – Course offerings vary from year to year, but may include:

3.0 Credit Electives:

MIR 819 – Labour Arbitration

MIR 825 - Human Rights Law

MIR 841 - Labour Policy

MIR 851 - Relationships in Organizations

MIR 852 – Leadership

MIR 885 - Industrial Relations in the Global Economy

MIR 886 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

MIR 888 - Advanced Topics in Labour Relations

 

1.0 Credit Electives:

MIR 802   Seminars in Training and Development

MIR 803   Seminars in Analytics and Metrics

MIR 805   Seminars in Labour Relations

MIR 806   Seminars in Human Resource Management

MIR 807   Seminars in Negotiation and Collective Bargaining

MIR 808   Seminars in Work Teams

MIR 809   Mediation Skills

MIR 811   Seminars in Health, Safety and Wellness

MIR 812   Seminars in Employment Ethics and Legal Issues

MIR 813   Seminars in Performance Management

MIR 815   Seminars in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

MIR 817   Seminars in Contract Administration

MIR 818   Seminars in Leadership

MIR 819   Labour Arbitration Moot

 

How to Apply?

https://mir.queensu.ca/index.cfm/academic-programs/master-of-industrial-relations/admissions/

The Professional Master of Industrial Relations (PMIR) degree program is a part-time program for professionals in Labour Relations, Human Resources Management and Organizational Development. This program is designed especially for experienced professionals and managers in the field who wish to gain new skills and knowledge for career advancement. The PMIR provides participants with advanced skills and knowledge to implement solutions to current and emerging workplace issues.

Delivery:  There are two "semesters" in the Professional MIR program academic year; Fall/Winter (Sept-February) and summer (May-June). Eleven courses are required for degree completion and the normal course load per semester is two courses. Students attend classes Thursday - Sunday from September to February and for two non concurrent weeks in summer semester. The Professional MIR program will normally take about 30-36 months to complete. Fall/Winter classes will be held in Toronto, and summer classes will be held on Queen’s campus.

Who Can Apply?

The normal minimum academic qualification for admission to the PMIR program is a four-year bachelor’s degree with upper second-class standing (B+), or equivalent, from a recognized university.

Professional MIR candidates must also have three years of full-time employment experience in the field (or equivalent).

Candidates, with significant employment experience, who do not meet the normal minimum academic qualification, must provide additional evidence of strong academic potential. This evidence normally involves completion of two courses at the senior undergraduate or graduate level, with a minimum B+ standing in each course, or completion of the Graduate Record Admission Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), with a minimum score at the 75 percentile in the verbal and analytical categories.

Courses:

Core (Required) Courses (3.0 credits):

MIR 810 - Unions and Collective Bargaining

MIR 823 - Industrial Relations and Labour Law I

MIR 824 - Industrial Relations and Labour Law II

MIR 830 - Human Resources Management

MIR 840 - Labour Economics and Industrial Relations

MIR 850 - Organizational Behavior

MIR 897 - Analytical Methods for HRM/IR

Elective Courses (3.0 or 1.0 credits) – Course offerings vary from year to year, but may include:

3.0 Credit Electives:

MIR 819 – Labour Arbitration

MIR 825 - Human Rights Law

MIR 841 - Labour Policy

MIR 851 - Relationships in Organizations

MIR 852 – Leadership

MIR 885 - Industrial Relations in the Global Economy

MIR 886 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

MIR 888 - Advanced Topics in Labour Relations

 

1.0 Credit Electives:

MIR 802   Seminars in Training and Development

MIR 803   Seminars in Analytics and Metrics

MIR 805   Seminars in Labour Relations

MIR 806   Seminars in Human Resource Management

MIR 807   Seminars in Negotiation and Collective Bargaining

MIR 808   Seminars in Work Teams

MIR 809   Mediation Skills

MIR 811   Seminars in Health, Safety and Wellness

MIR 812   Seminars in Employment Ethics and Legal Issues

MIR 813   Seminars in Performance Management

MIR 815   Seminars in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

MIR 817   Seminars in Contract Administration

MIR 818   Seminars in Leadership

MIR 819   Labour Arbitration Moot

 

How to Apply?

https://mir.queensu.ca/index.cfm/academic-programs/master-of-industrial-relations/admissions/

The MIR/JD is a three-and-a-half-year combined degree program that merges graduate training in human resources management, employment and labour policy with a professional degree in law.

Delivery: 3.5 years, on-campus

Who Can Apply?

Competitive MIR/JD applicants must have completed a four-year honours undergraduate degree and achieved an A- average or 3.7 GPA in the last two years, and an LSAT score ≥ 160 (80th percentile). A maximum of five students may be admitted to this combined program.

Courses:

Learn more about the MIR/JD courses and program structure at https://law.queensu.ca/sites/default/files/img/Programs/Combined%20Degrees/MIR-JD%20Program%20Chart.pdf

How to Apply?

Applications must be made for JD admission through OLSAS and concurrently for admission to the graduate degree through the School of Graduate Studies. An option to complete the combined degree programs in three years is available to students who are selected for and complete successfully an International Law Program at the Bader International Study Centre in the spring term of the first year of the combined program. Students will be assisted by the Career Development Office to seek summering positions and students will pursue the licensing process and articling after graduation.

Richard Chaykowski: Labour policy, labour relations and collective bargaining, organizational and workplace practices

Glenda Fisk: Employee entitlement, emotion regulation and stress in service occupations, workplace fairness issues

Robert Hickey: Labour unions, collective bargaining and labour relations, negotiations, conflict management

Deborah Leighton: Arbitration and mediation

Jacoba Lilius: Organizational implications of high-quality workplace relationships, occupational stress and emotional labour, compassion in the workplace, health-care management

Bradley Weinberg: Collective bargaining relationships

Funding for the MIR

Student are invited to apply for internal (see below) and external awards  for which they are eligible including Ontario Graduate Scholarship and SSHRC scholarships. Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 top-up award by Queen’s.

All applicants will be considered for the following internal awards:

  • Clarence J. Hicks Fellowship in Industrial Relations
  • Don Wood Fellowship in Industrial Relations
  • Cameron-Wood Prize
  • H. Carl Goldenberg Fellowship
  • Robert Grant Fellowship
  • Lia Dower Memorial Award
  • Frank Collom Memorial Graduate Award

Key Dates and Deadlines

MIR Application Deadline: March 1 to qualify for awards.
MIR Notification of Acceptance: As early as April.

PMIR Applications and Notification of Acceptance: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the school year; however the suggested deadline for the fall/winter semester is June 1st, and March 15th for the summer semester. Acceptance to the program occurs on a rolling basis.