Prepare for the future of work

The Master of Human Resources & Industrial relations combines theory and practical elements that you need to take your career to the next level. You’ll build a solid foundation in business and more traditional areas of HR – staff, training and development, labor relations, compensation, and benefits. The program also provides students the chance to span the depth and breadth of knowledge and skills by choosing electives in HR and/or related fields.

Current research and practice issues include:

  • How organizations empower employees and unleash intellectual capital to succeed in the global economy.
  • How HR professionals move beyond administration to become strategic business partners.
  • How the field of HRIR provides leadership as organizations reinvent themselves to focus on core competencies?
  • How employment is becoming more family-friendly, flexible, and responsive.
  • How to create public policies and grow institutions that balance the interests of workers and employers in a global economy.

Program Format

The Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations program at the Carlson School of Management is offered in two formats. The full-time program can be finished in 16 months. Those who need more flexibility can choose the part-time option, which is the same rigorous and immersive program as the full-time option but can be completed at your own pace.

Full-Time Program

A rigorous, inclusive, and streamlined degree program of 40 credits.

Duration: 16 months
Start Date: September
Format: On-Campus
GMAT/GRE: Test Optional

Part-Time Program

Complete the HRIR curriculum, which is the same as the full-time option, but at your own pace.

Duration: 3-4 years
Start Date: September or January
Format: On-Campus, Evening
GMAT/GRE: Test Optional

Master of Human Resources Curriculum & Faculty

The Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations faculty and curriculum prepare you to succeed in human resources careers after graduation and beyond.

"You're not going to get a better or a more well-rounded education in any other program. At Carlson, you'll take classes with MBA students who will be your peers and help make you successful when you go into your first job. In this program, you're in the middle of a great community"
– Marc Gauthier 2013, MA-HRIR HR Generalist, Honeywell
"The academics and professional connections at the Carlson School intrigued me. You have leaders in HR right at your fingertips--the people writing the books. Being in the Twin Cities helps you develop relationships and get professional experience while in the program, which is invaluable."
– Tyna Washington 2011, MA-HRIR HR Advisor, Exxon Mobil

5 Reasons to get a Human Resources Master’s Degree

The workplace is constantly evolving, and organizations need human resources leaders who can effectively guide them through adjustments and change. Whether you’re looking to make a career shift or take the next step up in your career, a master’s degree in human resources can be the boost you need to fill those dynamic roles. 

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