The Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations degree program requires completion of 48 semester credits. Students take 40 credits in Human Resources and Industrial Relations and 8 credits in related fields, such as management courses.
Full-time students typically enroll in 12 credits per semester and complete the degree in two academic years. The first year of the program consists of 24 credits of HRIR required core courses. The second year consists of 14 credits of HRIR electives, 8 credits of related field electives, plus 2 credits of the capstone course on strategy, execution, and ethics.
Part-time students typically take 4–8 credits each semester and complete the program in 3–4 years.
To help you get a feel for the topics covered in each class, below are recent sample syllabi.
If you are a current HRIR student and you are interested in seeing a full description of the courses below, visit the internal HRIR Course Catalog on OneStop.
Core courses provide an applied foundation for understanding the functions of HRIR and the critical intersections with business, economics, psychology, and law.
- HRIR 6001 Business Principles for the HRIR Professional (4 credits)
- HRIR 6111 Using Data and Metrics in HRIR (4 credits)
- HRIR 6301 Staffing, Training, and Development (4 credits)
- HRIR 6401 Organizational Theory Foundations of High-Impact HRIR (2 credits)
- HRIR 6441 Organizational Behavior Foundations of High-Impact HRIR (2 credits)
- HRIR 6501 Compensation and Benefits (4 credits)
- HRIR 6701 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining (4 credits)
1. HRIR Offerings - Partial Listing
Choose at least 12 credits from a rich array of HRIR offerings, such as:
- HRIR 5222 Managing Diversity (2 credits)
- HRIR 5252 Employment and Labor Law for the HRIR Professional (2 credits)
- HRIR 5442 Performance Management (2 credits)
- HRIR 5443 Principles of Effective Coaching (2 credits)
- HRIR 6114 Human Resource Information Systems (2 credits)
- HRIR 6223 International Human Resource Management (2 credits)
- HRIR 6302 Staffing and Selection: Strategic and Operational Concerns (2 credits)
- HRIR 6303 Employee Training: Creating a Learning Organization (2 credits)
- HRIR 6304 Employee Development: Creating a Competitive Advantage (2 credits)
- HRIR 6444 Motivation and Work Behavior in Contemporary Organizations (2 credits)
- HRIR 6465 Leadership and Personal Development (2 credits)
- HRIR 6484 Management of Groups (2 credits)
- HRIR 6503 Employer Sponsored Employee Benefit Plans (2 credits)
- HRIR 6504 Executive Compensation (2 credits)
(This is a partial list.)
2. HRIR Issues Analysis
Choose at least 2 credits to enhance your ability to analyze HRIR issues using economic concepts:
3. Related Fileds - Partial Listing
For students who didn't major in business, we strongly recommend taking MBA 6030 Financial Accounting. Choose at least 8 credits from other University graduate programs to round out your knowledge.
- MBA 6030 Financial Accounting (3 credits)
- MBA 6220 Operations Management (3 credits)
- MBA 6230 Financial Management (3 credits)
- MBA 6210 Marketing Management (3 credits)
- MCOM 5400 Managerial Communications (2 credits)
(This is a partial list.)
Culminate your experience with a required capstone course to synthesize your academic experience and transition into professional success and responsibility.