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Master of Arts in Human Resource Management & Labour Relations)

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Management and Labour Studies

Centre: Centre for Human Resources Management and Labour Relations

Intake: 60


The Master of Arts in Human Resource Management & Labour Relations (HRM & LR) programme (formerly known as M.A. in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations) is designed to develop students into professionally competent and socially sensitive management graduates, fully equipped to take on the challenges of the corporate world. The programme explores the critical areas of contemporary human resources management, in conjunction with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the key functions of management
and business.

The broad objectives of this M.A. programme are to sensitise students to the social, political, economic, and ecological environments of the society; to enable students to become effective business leaders and decision-makers to contribute to organisational effectiveness; to facilitate the use of systems thinking among the students to evolve possibilities while addressing various personal and organisational challenges; to develop a global perspective among students to respond to global challenges; and to impart values of intellectual honesty, justice and fairness.

The programme places importance on both theoretical and hands-on learning. While classroom learning through participation in the forms of discussions and case studies, presentations, simulation games, assignments, etc., emphasises conceptual clarity, practical inputs are provided through the rigorous fieldwork system, which complements the classroom inputs by throwing light on the practical dimension of the profession. The insights that emerge out of such an experience make students conceptually strong and successful in practice of the profession. Students are also required to complete a dissertation on any topic of their choice. All these, coupled with the focused attention that students get owing to the small size of the batch, makes personal learning highly effective. Fieldwork is a continuous process, which seeks to facilitate student’s exposure to varied industry sectors. Besides, students undertake internships with organisations for a period ranging from 6–8 weeks, which is seen as an opportunity for the student to learn significantly from, and contribute meaningfully to organisations. In brief, the M.A. in HRM & LR programme, which benefits from over 4 decades of teaching and research in the same area, is a challenging teaching–learning experience that blends cutting edge theory with innovative practice to develop business leaders for the global industry. The TISS HRM & LR post-graduates are amongst the most sought after in the global industry today. They occupy positions of leadership across a wide spectrum of industries and sectors including, IT/ITeS, banking and finance, telecom, manufacturing, public sector, pharmaceutical, retail and management consultancy.

Distribution of Credit Hours:


I Foundation Courses 7
Core Courses              29
Field Work 12
Dissertation (Stage 1) 1
Choice Based Credit Courses (Elective Foundatio) 2
Choice Based Credit Courses (Open Electives) 2
II Core Courses 14
Field Work 12
Choice Based Credit Courses(Disciplinary Electives) 12
Dissertation (Stage 2 & 3) 5
Total 93

Semesterwise Courses:

SemesterCourse CodeCourse TitleCredit
I FC Foundation Course 4
HR 01 Quantitative Reseach 1 1
HR 02 Qualitative Research 1 1
HR 03 Management of Human Resources 2
HR 04 Industrial Relations 2
HR 05 Labour Law 1 2
HR 06 Organisational Behaviour: Individual in the Organisation 2
HR 07 Organisation Theory and Design 2
HR 08 Organisation Econimics 1
HRFW 01 Field Work 6
PC 01 Interaction with HR Heads Compulsory and Non-Evaluative
PC 02 Round Table Discussion on Filed Work followed by Industrial Visits
PC 03 Understanding Self and Facilitating Relationship
II HR 09 Financial Management 2
HR 10 Labour Economics 2
HR 11 Organisation Behavior: Group in the Organisation 2
HR 12 Performance Management 2
HR 13 Learning and Development 2
HR 14 Compensation 2
HR 15 Marketing and Sales Managemen 2
HR 16 Operations Management 2
HRDS 01 Dissertation Stage 1 1
HRFW 02 Field Work 6
CBCS Elective Foundation Course 2
CBCS Open Elective Course 2
PC 04 Development Centre Compulsory and Non-Evaluative
III HR 17 Employee Resourcing 1
HR 18 Organisation Development and Change Management 2
HR 19 Labour Law 2 2
HR 20 Trade Unions 1
HR 21 Strategic Management 1
HR 22 Labour Welfare and Decent Work 2
HR 23 Management Information Systems 1
HR 24 Qualitative Research 2 1
HR 25 Quantitative Research 2 1
PC 05 Assessment Centre Compulsory and Non-Evaluative
HRDS 02 Dissertation Stage 2 2
HRFW 03 Field Work 6
Choice Based Credit System Disciplinary Elective (Choose a minimum 5 and a maximum of 7) 
HRO 01 Human Resource Management in International Settings 1
HRO 02 Advanced Learning and Development 1
HRO 03 Advanced Compensation and Benefits 1
HRO 04 Business Strategy and the Environment 1
HRO 05 Employer Branding 1
HRO 06 Power and Leadership in Organisations 1
HRO 07 Taxation 1
HRO 08 Conflict Management 1
HRO 19* HR Entrepreneurship 1
HRO 20* Mental Health and Well Being at Work 1
IV HR 26 Corporate Governance & Business Ethics 2
HRDS 03 Dissertation Stage 3 3
HRFW 04 Field Work 6
  NGO Block Field Work Compulsory and Non-Evaluative
Choice Based Credit System Disciplinary Elective (Choose a minimum 5 and a maximum of 7)
HRO 09 Business Analytics 1
HRO 10 Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations in Service Organisations 1
HRO 11 Comparative Industrial Relations 1
HRO 12 Micro Econometrics 1
HRO 13 Talent Management 1
HRO 14 Labour Administration 1
HRO 15 Moral Leadership 1
HRO 16 Psychometrics 1
HRO 17 Gender and Diversity Management 1
HRO 18 Negotiation Management 1
HRO 21 Consulting in HR 1


*Note: The total number of credits, list of CBCS courses, and semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.


Fee Structure:


Components M.A. In EducatiM.A. In Human Resources Management and Laour Relationon (Elementary)
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000
Examination Fee 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000

Field Education / Internship / Experiential Learning Charges 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000
IT Charges 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
Library Charges 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500
Other Charges( ID Card, Convocation & Misc.) * 2,500 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 20,000 10,000 10,000 0
Lab / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Development Fund 10,000 0 10,000 0
Students' Union Fund * 500 500 500 500
Alumni Fund * 0 500 0 0
Health Care Fund* 2,000 0 2,000 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0  0 0
  Semester wise Course Fee 71,500 37,500 49,000 27,000
  Yearly Fees 1,09,000 76,000
  Total Course Fee 1,85,000
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Expenses related to Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, if any, will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.
No fee concession is available for self-finanaced programmes.


*Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.