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.

  • 90%

    Of all graduates received employment offers within 6 months of graduation

  • 77,792

    Average starting base salary for the class of 2017

  • 22

    Fortune 500 companies have recently hired our graduates

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  • Learn from the Experts
    Our faculty is recognized worldwide for cutting-edge scholarship 

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  • Enhance Your Career
    Our alumni hold leadership positions in international and national organizations 

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  • Well-Rounded Curriculum
    Coursework covers the full spectrum of HRIR, as well as examining other key business areas 

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  • Career Opportunities
    Top recruiters from companies across the United States recruit our students

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  • Global Experience
    Opportunities for students to earn credit toward their degree by studying abroad

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  • Fits Your Schedule
    The degree is available through either full-time or part-time study

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • Faculty

      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.

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    • 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.

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