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What will I learn?

Human resources and industrial relations (HRIR) students study the employment relationship. Teaching and research are guided by the belief that the employment relationship must be investigated through the lenses of different disciplines using systems thinking. The professional master of arts degree is for individuals interested in private and public sector careers in human resource management, labor relations, and related fields.

The curriculum is structured around the core HRIR areas of staffing, training, and development; compensation and benefits; and labor relations and collective bargaining. It is rooted in key concepts from the social and behavioral sciences and business, such as organizational behavior and theory, labor market analysis, leadership, and strategy. Quantitative analysis of employment problems and issues are also included. Master's candidates are encouraged to choose electives to support a generalist orientation with key business knowledge.

Which department am I in?

Carlson School of Management

Study options

Full Time (48 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$34,980.00 per year
USD $17,490 for 10-16 Credits

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January, September 2022


Carlson School of Management

321 19th Avenue South,



55455, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Anyone who has or will obtain a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside the U.S. may apply for graduate admission.

English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL iBT – 79; IELTS Academic – 6.5; MELAB – 80; Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) – 59; Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced – 180.


About University of Minnesota

UMN is one of the United States’ top public research institutions, where students gain a world-class education on a historic campus in a vibrant city.

  • 150+ undergraduate and 200+ graduate programs to choose from
  • Beautiful campus with the Mississippi River on site
  • World-class academics and close personal support throughout
  • Excellent opportunities for scholarships and financial awards