Admission Process

Your application process is complete when you have provided the following items:

  • University of Minnesota application
  • Resume (work experience is not required, but encouraged)
  • Transcripts
  • GRE or GMAT scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • English Language Proficiency Exam (if required)

Application Deadlines

  • Full-Time Fall Semester Admission: February 1st priority 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 need a visa can only be considered for the full-time program.

University Application

University Application

As part of the application, you will need to upload a goals statement and a diversity statement that should also touch on a personal accomplishment. Your application fee must be paid with a credit card. If you wish, you may also submit an optional extenuating circumstances statement. You should also upload a copy of your resume and, if possible, your transcripts. Please also use the University's online recommendation feature for your letters of recommendation. The University's application can be saved and continued later.

For our full-time program: select "Human Resources and Industrial Relations MA" as your proposed major in the application.
For our part-time program: select "Human Resources and Industrial Relations – Evening-MA."

Complete the University Application



Please upload your resume in the University application. Your formatting should be the same as if you are applying for a job.



Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts. There is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review.

If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.

Minimum academic requirements for international applicants are a 4-year bachelor's degree or a master's degree (2 years after your bachelor's degree).

Click here for important information about uploading your transcripts and credentials.

GRE or GMAT Scores

GRE or GMAT Scores

All applicants are required to take either the GRE or GMAT. Scores must be from within the past five years. 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. 

Send your official scores to us by using the following codes: 

GRE: (institution) 6874, (department) 4204 - If this department code is not listed, please choose undecided. As long as the institution code is correct, it will be sent to the Grad School.

GMAT: D2N-VJ-64 - Please self report your scores on your application as well as sending them to us. We will use self-reported scores for the admission decision and if you are admitted, we will then add your official score report  and verify that it matches your self-reported scores.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation. Work-related letters are acceptable, but for recent graduates of academic programs, we prefer at least two letters from former professors. Not-so-recent graduates are allowed to substitute work-related recommendations, but should still try to obtain at least one letter of recommendation from a former professor.

Please use the online system for letters of recommendation through the University's application.

English Language Proficiency

English Language Proficiency

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 applicant's 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:


    • Paper-based: 550
    • Internet-based: 79 (with 21 on the writing section, 19 on the reading section)
  • MELAB: 80

  • IELTS: 6.5 - overall with section scores of 6.5 in both reading and writing

    •  IELTS scores must be received directly from the testing center.

      Please contact the test center where you took your test and request that your official test scores be sent to:

      Office of Graduate Admissions
      University of Minnesota
      309 Johnston Hall
      101 Pleasant Street S.E.
      Minneapolis, MN  55455

      We do not accept unofficial Test Report Forms from students.
      No institutional code is required.

Non-native speakers of English can find more comprehensive English language information on the U of M English Language Assessments web page.

International students may find more general information on the International Applicants web page.

Alumni Perspective

Eric Shaughnessy

"The MA-HRIR program provided the necessary foundation for a career in HR, and I felt a very natural transition into practicing what I learned in a professional setting."

Eric Shaughnessy, '02 MA-HRIR
Target Corporation