The Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations is widely considered to be one of the top programs of its kind in the nation and is available through a full-time or part-time option. Taught by world-renowned faculty, the curriculum gives students a thorough understanding of contemporary HR practices and the underlying theories that are necessary for successful careers in the field.
A Dynamic Field of Study
The field of human resources and industrial relations encompasses all aspects of the employment relationship, from human resource management to labor relations and beyond. By blending theory and practice, our degree programs provide our full-time and part-time students with a multi-disciplinary foundation in economics, psychology, business, ethics, culture, and law.
The program's 60-year connection to the HR community translates into diverse opportunities for students and alumni. Local, national, and international companies recruit our students for a full array of HR positions to be the next generation of HR leaders. The Evening HR Masters Program enrolls talented and experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds that enrich the student experience and provide networking opportunities, before and after graduation.
Current research and practice issues include:
- How organizations empower employees and unleash intellectual capital to succeed in the global economy.
- How HR professionals move beyond administration to become strategic business partners.
- How the field of HRIR provides leadership as organizations reinvent themselves to focus on core competencies.
- How employment is becoming more family-friendly, flexible, and responsive.
- How to create public policies and grow institutions that balance the interests of workers and employers in a global economy.
Full-time & Part-time Options
The MA-HRIR program is offered in both Full- and Part-time formats to allow students to study full time and to accommodate busy working professionals. No matter which format you choose, the MA-HRIR program offers a comprehensive education.
For students dedicated to graduate studies full time. The program begins in the fall and classes held throughout the day and evening. Students enroll in 12 credits per semester and complete the degree in two academic years. For many students, a full-time summer internship between the first and second year rounds out the program.
Full time program is 2 years.
The Evening HR Masters Program covers all aspects of Human Resources and Industrial Relations so you can apply what you learn to your current work, and to your future challenges. Our faculty draws on your professional experiences to enrich the classroom experience.
Part-time program is 3-5 years
The Master of Arts in HRIR provides students with a thorough understanding of contemporary practices, underlying theories, and the major areas of human resources and industrial relations, giving them the conceptual basis and analytical framework for successful careers with corporations and public sector organizations.
To provide a rigorous education across the entire field of human resources and industrial relations, the curriculum is structured around 3 core areas and rooted in 3 key concepts from social science, behavioral science, and business. Students take core courses in all 6 of these areas of HRIR.
- Staffing, training, and development
- Compensation and benefits
- Labor relations and collective bargaining
- Key concepts
- Organizational behavior and theory
- Managerial economics and labor market analysis
- Data analysis
- Full-time sequence
Full time: $32,000/year for non-residents
For more information about fees and tuition, click here.
About the School
We at the Carlson School of Management share a commitment to imagination, engagement, and ambition. Based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, housed in the University of Minnesota, the Car ... Read More