HRIR Program

Master of Human Resources & Industrial Relations

The Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations Program is widely considered to be one of the top HR master’s programs in the nation and is available through a full-time or part-time option. The curriculum gives students a thorough understanding of contemporary HR practices and the underlying theories that are necessary for successful careers in the field.

Developing Leaders. Advancing Careers.

Whether you’re looking to make a career shift or take the next step up the corporate ladder, the MHRIR program will help you reach your career goals.


Of 2021 graduates accepted employment offers within 6 months of graduation


Median starting base salary for the class of 2020


Of the Class of 2020 accepted summer internships

The Carlson School Advantage

Students and alumni share how the Human Resources and Industrial Relations Program has shaped their knowledge, careers, and lives.              

HRIR at the U of M

For 75 years, the University of Minnesota's Master of 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

The Carlson School takes an individualized approach to help 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 Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations students reach their professional goals.


The University of Minnesota's Master of 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 Master of 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 HR masters students pursuing human resources careers.

Prepare to Thrive on Cross-Cultural Teams

Today's employers demand HR leaders who can overcome cultural barriers to accomplish key goals. Get hands-on experience working on multicultural teams: MHRIR students come from 14 countries around the world.

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