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.

Required Core Courses (24 Credits)

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) - PDF iconHRIR 6001 Fall 2017 (168.59 KB)

HRIR 6111 Using Data and Metrics in HRIR (4 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6111 Fall 2017 (54.32 KB)

HRIR 6301 Staffing, Training, and Development (4 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6301 Fall 2017 (551.37 KB)

HRIR 6401 Organizational Theory Foundations of High-Impact HRIR (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6401 Spring 2018 (145.76 KB)

HRIR 6441 Organizational Behavior Foundations of High-Impact HRIR (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6441 Spring 2018 (175.98 KB)

HRIR 6501 Compensation and Benefits (4 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6501 Spring 2018 (160.96 KB)

HRIR 6701 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining (4 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6701 Spring 2018 (522.08 KB)

Electives (24 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) - PDF iconHRIR 5222 Fall 2016 (157.63 KB)

HRIR 5252 Employment and Labor Law for the HRIR Professional (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 5252 Spring 2018 (104.22 KB)

HRIR 5442 Performance Management (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 5442 Fall 2017 (472.16 KB)

HRIR 5443 Principles of Effective Coaching (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 5443 Fall 2016 (206.37 KB)

HRIR 6114 Human Resource Information Systems (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6114 Spring 2018 (301.14 KB)

HRIR 6223 International Human Resource Management (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6223 Spring 2018 (549.92 KB)

HRIR 6302 Staffing and Selection: Strategic and Operational Concerns (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6302 Fall 2017 (330.64 KB)

HRIR 6303 Employee Training: Creating a Learning Organization (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6303 Fall 2016 (131.01 KB)

HRIR 6304 Employee Development: Creating a Competitive Advantage (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6304 Spring 2018 (33.58 KB)

HRIR 6444 Motivation and Work Behavior in Contemporary Organizations (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6444 Spring 2018 (173.88 KB)

HRIR 6465 Leadership and Personal Development (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6465 Spring 2018 (413.61 KB)

HRIR 6484 Management of Gourps (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6484 Spring 2018 (53.24 KB)

HRIR 6503 Employer Sponsored Employee Benefit Plans (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6503 Fall 2016 (46.13 KB)

HRIR 6504 Executive Compensation (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6504 Spring 2018 (25.25 KB)

(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: 

HRIR 5655 Public Policies on Work and Pay (3 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 5655 Spring 2017 (45.79 KB)

HRIR 5662 Personnel Economics (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 5662 Spring 2017 (39.96 KB)

 

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.)

 

4. Capstone

Culminate your experience with a required capstone course to synthesize your academic experience and transition into professional success and responsibility.

HRIR 6801 HRIR in Practice: Strategy, Execution, and Ethics (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6801 Fall 2016 (61.02 KB)

HRIR 6801 HRIR in Practice: Strategy, Execution, and Ethics (2 credits) - PDF iconHRIR 6801 Spring 2017 (Online) (53.29 KB)

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