Master of Arts in Human Resources & Industrial Relations

Human Resources & Industrial Relations at the Carlson School

The Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations is widely considered to be one of the top programs of its kind in the nation and is available through a full-time or part-time option. Taught by world-renowned faculty, the curriculum gives students a thorough understanding of contemporary HR practices and the underlying theories that are necessary for successful careers in the field.

Why a University of Minnesota Master of Arts in HRIR?

For more than 65 years, the University of Minnesota's Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations program has been preparing students for successful careers by providing a thorough understanding of the core functions, contemporary practices, and underlying theories of HRIR.

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.


The University of Minnesota's Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations program gives full-time and part-time students an opportunity to study with an internationally-known faculty committed to providing each student with a rich educational experience. HRIR faculty are widely published in the top academic journals and have expertise in a range of fields.

Graduate Society of Human Resources Leaders

The GSHRL is a professional organization composed of graduate students in the Human Resources and Industrial Relations program at the University of Minnesota. The mission of GSHRL is to proactively and responsively enhance the quality of the academic, professional, and social lives of graduate students pursuing HRIR careers.



Herman Library

The Georgianna E. Herman Library is one of only a few dedicated libraries in HRIR worldwide and is a centerpiece of students' academic lives for studying and working on group projects. The library specializes in human resources management and labor relations. The library is used by HRIR students, faculty, alumni, and the professional community, as well as by the general public.