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. MHRIR offers both full and part-time options.

Intake: Fall and Spring

Which department am I in?

Carlson School of Management

Study options

Full Time (48 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$37,826.00 per year

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

Start date

18 January 2022


Carlson School of Management

321 19th Avenue South,



55455, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.40. 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.

For international students

Other requirements to be completed before admission: Entering students have undergraduate degrees in many subjects ranging from the fine arts to engineering. The most common undergraduate majors of incoming students are in the areas of psychology, business, economics, human resources management, human resource development, and speech communication. An undergraduate course in microeconomics must be completed with a grade of at least C before matriculating.

English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL iBT – Total Score: 79; Writing Subscore: 21; Reading Subscore: 19; IELTS Academic – Total Score: 6.5; Writing Subscore: 6.5; Reading Subscore: 6.5; Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) – Total Score: 59; Writing Subscrore: 59; Reading Subscore: 59; Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced – Total Score: 180; Writing Subscore: 180; Reading Subscore: 180.

The application deadlines are June 15 for fall admission and October 15 for spring admission.


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