Career Development

At the Carlson School, we take an individualized approach to helping each student develop a sound career strategy. From the dean's office to program directors, faculty, executive boards, student organizations, and the Graduate Business Career Center, we work in concert to help students reach their professional goals.

University of Minnesota MA-HRIR students have excellent career opportunities that are truly national in scope. Many corporations and agencies visit the Carlson School to recruit MA-HRIR students for management and labor relations positions in the public and private sectors. Our full-time placement rate is over 90% for students with permanent work authorization.

Many part-time students use the MA-HRIR degree program to advance their careers within their current organization. In addition, students looking to make a career switch into HR, or to switch employers, can utilize the Carlson School's Graduate Business Career Center, which helps students develop a job search strategy, and provides resume review and mock interview opportunities.

Recruiting Companies

There are a variety of companies ranging from small to large and local to national that recruit our HRIR students. Below is a sample of the many companies that recruit students from our program:

Recruiting Companies

Select List of Companies Who Recruit MA-HRIR Students upon Program Completion

Abbott Laboratories

AGA Medical Corporation


Andersen Corporation

Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.

Applied Materials

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.



Carlson Companies, Inc.


Coca-Cola Refreshments

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Cooper Industries

Cummins, Inc.

Datacard Group

Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Eaton Corporation

Ecolab Inc.

Education Pioneers

Emerson Process Management


Ford Motor Company

Fox Lawson & Associates LLC

General Electric Company

General Mills

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Groupon, Inc


Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Hewlett-Packard Company

Honeywell International Inc.

IBM Corporation

Ingersoll-Rand Company

Insight Global

Johnson & Johnson

Kellogg Company

Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Lockheed Martin

Medtronic, Inc.

Merck & Co.

Microsoft Corporation


Northrop Grumman Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation


Pfizer, Inc.

Procter & Gamble Company

Raytheon Company


Sears Holdings Corporation

Stanley Black & Decker

Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Target Corporation

The Schwan Food Company


UnitedHealth Group

Valspar Corporation, The

Whirlpool Corporation

Yum! Brands

Class of 2013

  • Placement statistics for the MA-HRIR graudating Class of 2013 will be posted in September 2013
  • 98% of students in the Class of 2013 with permanent work authorization received summer internships. Average internship salary was $28.43 per hour.
  • Internship statistics for the Class of 2014 will be posted in September 2013

Class of 2012

  • 95% of students with permanent work authorization received job offers within three months of graduation
  • Base salaries: $52,000-90,000; average salary was $72,891. Average signing bonus was $6,813.

Class of 2011

  • 95% of students with permanent work authorization received job offers within three months of graduation
  • Base salaries: $52,000–90,000; average $71,247
  • More than half of all offers included a signing bonus, average $9,100

Career Positions

Recent HRIR graduates have found jobs as:

  • HR representatives
  • HR generalists
  • HR specialists
  • Compensation analysts
  • Staffing coordinators
  • Labor relations reps
  • Technical recruiters
  • Associate consultant

Employment Locations

Recent HRIR graduates have found jobs in:

  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • New York
  • Seattle
  • San Francisco
  • St. Louis
  • Tampa

2012 Employment by Geographic Location

Midwest 52%
Northeast 17%
Southwest 10%
Mid-Atlantic 7%
South 7%
West 7%

2012 Employment by Industry

Manufacturing 41%
Consumer Products 17%
Technology 12%
Pharma/BioTech/Health 12%
Petroleum/Energy 9%
Consulting 3%
Non-Profit 3%
Transportation 3%