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Work and Organizations at the Carlson School

The Department of Work and Organizations creates cutting-edge research and offers engaging educational programming focused on the workplace, managing and leading people and organizations, and the behavior of individuals and groups. The department offers programs at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral level, including the internationally recognized Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations.

Undergraduate Major and Minor

The Carlson School's undergraduate program offers an intensive course of study that leads to the Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) degree. Students may work toward a major or a minor in Human Resources and Industrial Relations. The HRIR undergraduate curriculum provides a deep, broad business education, and builds upon that foundation with courses in the dynamic field of human resources and industrial relations.

PhD Program

The Department of Work and Organizations offers a Work and Organizations track in the Carlson School's PhD program in Business Administration. This includes a rigorous PhD curriculum, rich opportunities for research collaboration with world-renowned faculty, and the ability to develop a teaching portfolio in support of rewarding academic careers in organizational behavior, human resource management, organizational economics, labor relations, and related areas. Interested students should apply directly to the PhD program in Business Administration; the applications will be reviewed by faculty from the Department of Work and Organizations. For more information, please browse the PhD program in Business Administration website, including the material on the Work and Organizations track.

Faculty

The faculty of the Department of Work and Organizations creates cutting-edge research and offers engaging educational programming focused on the workplace, managing and leading people and organizations, and the behavior of individuals and groups. The department offers programs at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral level, including the internationally recognized Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations.

Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations

The Master of Arts in HRIR program is recognized as one of the top programs of its kind in the country. With both a day and evening track, the program gives students from diverse backgrounds a chance to study with a world-class faculty committed to providing a dynamic learning experience.

Online HR Management Specialization

A short but robust introduction to the key principles, policies, and practices of human resource management is offered through a fully-online HRM specialization of four massive open online courses (MOOCs) taught by faculty from the Department of Work and Organizations. Courses can be taken individually or packaged together as a specialization. Upon completing the specialization, learners will have a deeper understanding of what works in the workplace, including a toolkit of best practices for hiring, managing, and rewarding employees. The specialization is valuable for managers and entrepreneurs taking on these responsibilities, individuals who want to learn more about HR as a career, as well as anyone else interested in the fundamental principles of HR management.