Master of Arts Program in Human Resources and Industrial Relations Carlson School of Management University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus

Master of Arts Program in Human Resources and Industrial Relations Carlson School of Management University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus

Minneapolis, MN
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Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations at UM

The Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota (U of M) in Minneapolis-St. Paul offers a Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations Management degree (MA-HRIR). Widely considered one of the top programs of its kind in the nation, the MA-HRIR degree program prepares graduates with the framework for successful careers in corporations and public sector organizations. About 97% of work authorized students enrolled in the University of Minnesota MA-HRIR degree program receive employment offers within 90 days of graduation. The average salary for the 2017 graduates is about $77k.

MA-HRIR degree overview

The MA-HRIR degree program at UM equips students with a multi-disciplinary foundation in economics, business, ethics, culture, and law. Current research and practice issues encompass theory and practice in all aspects of the employment relationship, from human resources management to labor relations to public policy.

Through coursework guided by internationally respected leaders and educators in the human resources field, students examine how organizations empower employees to succeed in a global economy; the role of human resources professionals as strategic business partners during organizational reinvention; and strategies to create flexible, family-friendly workplaces. In addition, students focus in-depth on how to create public policies that balance the interests of both workers and employers in a global economy.

Full-time and part-time curriculum

The MA-HRIR degree at UM program offers full- and part-time options and requires completion of 48 semester credits. Students take 40 credits in human resources and industrial relations and eight credits in related fields such as management courses. The curriculum is structured around three core areas and rooted in three key concepts from social science, behavioral science, and business.

Core areas comprise staffing, training, and development; compensation and benefits; and labor relations and collective bargaining. Key concepts include organizational behavior and theory; managerial economics and labor market analysis; and data analysis.

Full-time students typically enroll in 12 credits per semester and complete the degree in two academic years. The first year of the program comprises 24 credits of required HRIR core courses. The second year comprises 14 credits of HRIR electives, eight credits of related field electives, and two credits of the capstone course on strategy, execution, and ethics. Part-time students typically take four-to-eight credits per semester and complete the program in three or four years.

Courses include Business Principles for the HRIR Professional; Using Data Metrics in HRIR; Organizational Behavior Foundations of High-Impact HRIR; Leadership and Personal Development; Principles of Effective Coaching; Performance Management; Personnel Economics; Managerial Communications; and Public Policies on Work and Pay.

Dual MBA-HRIR Degree

The Carlson School of Management at UM also offers students in the HRIR program the opportunity to add one year to their studies to earn a dual MA-HRIR/MBA degree, positioning them with a skillset to advance their careers as effective leaders in both business and human resources.

Global Enrichment/Global Immersion

Through strategic global partnerships with corporations, organizations, and universities worldwide, the Carlson School at U of M offers flexible options for study abroad to students in the MA-HRIR program. The Global Enrichment and Global Immersion programs provide students with opportunities to study with international faculty in other countries to gain a deeper global understanding of contemporary business.

Accomplished faculty

Carlson School of Management at UM faculty comprise some of the world's most widely respected human resources scholars whose ongoing research addresses emerging challenges for real-world organizations. Widely published in top academic journals, HRIR faculty members bring expertise in a range of fields, including human resources management; staffing, training and development; employee compensation and benefits; organizational forms, evolution, and work processes; labor economics; and labor relations and collective bargaining.

Distinguished faculty includes Avner Ben-Ner, whose current research interests include structure and performance in for-profit, nonprofit, and government organizations; Elizabeth Campbell, an expert in the areas of interpersonal processes and multilevel phenomena within workgroups and teams; and Aaron Sojourner, whose research focuses on labor economics, finance decisions, human capital, and early and K-12 education policy.

Campus and surroundings

The Carlson School of Management at UM is located in two state-of-the art buildings in the heart of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The scenic 2,700 acre University of Minnesota campus is situated within walking distance of a metropolitan area that offers a variety of housing options, a thriving arts and cultural scene, world-class restaurants, and dozens of parks, lakes, green spaces, and recreational areas.

Location & Contact

Master of Arts Program in Human Resources and Industrial Relations

Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus

321 19th Avenue S Suite 3-300
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Ms. Stacy Doepner-Hove


Phone: 612-625-8732
Fax: 612-624-8360

Ms. Amy Danzeisen

Admissions Associate

Phone: 612-624-5704
Fax: 612-624-8360

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Industrial And Labor Relations Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 69
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis Alternate accepted and 48 course credits
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


51% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 238
    • Accepted 123
    • Acceptance Rate 51
    • Enrolled 75
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $95
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st February 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGMAT or GRE General Test, undergraduate degree from accredited institution, course in microeconomics
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Federal Work-Study, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students159
    • Female Percentage73%
    • Male Percentage27%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students159
    • Part-time Percentage26%
    • Full-time Percentage74%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian51%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown or International Student36%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty28
    • Full-time Percentage57%
    • Part-time Percentage43%
    • Female Percentage54%
    • Male Percentage46%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchStaffing, training, and development; compensation and benefits; organization theory; collective bargaining
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$27,000




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