At the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies, we recognize that highly-qualified students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences enrich education by providing multiple views and perspectives that enhance research, teaching, and the development of knowledge. This diversity makes for a dynamic learning environment in the classroom and beyond.

Although there are no absolute qualifications for admission to the MA-HRIR program, most admitted students have strong undergraduate records (3.0+ on a 4.0 scale) and score at the 40th percentile or better on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE or GMAT. Work experience is not required but is encouraged.

Non-native Speakers of English and International Applicants

The TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS is generally required of all applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of U.S. Citizenship status. Applicants who have completed 24 quarter credits/16 semester credits (within 24 months of the proposed term of entry) in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States or other English-speaking country before entering the University of Minnesota are generally exempted from this requirement. The minimum score requirements for admission are listed on the Admission Process web page.

Undergraduate Majors

We do not require any specific undergraduate major. Admitted students have degrees in fields ranging from engineering to the fine arts. Common majors include psychology, business, economics, human resources, and communications.


Before enrolling, all students must complete an undergraduate course in microeconomics with a grade of C or better. We also recommend but do not require introductory courses in macroeconomics, general psychology, and statistics.

Application Deadlines

  • Full-Time Fall Semester Admission: February 1st followed by rolling admission until program is full
  • Part-Time Fall Semester Admission: June 15
  • Part-Time Spring Semester Admission: October 15
  • Note: The full-time MA-HRIR program does not offer spring admission. International students who require a visa can only be considered for the full-time program.