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A Dynamic Field of Study

MA-HRIR student in classroomThe 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.

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.

Alumni Perspective

"I chose the University of Minnesota because of its reputation for being among the top HRIR programs in the country. I knew that the quality of education, instruction, and program content would be exceptional—which certainly was the case."

Sheila Kramer '03, MA-HRIR
V.P. of HR Operations, Lifetouch Inc.
Part-time program graduate