The Master of Arts in HRIR provides students with a thorough understanding of contemporary practices, underlying theories, and the major areas of human resources and industrial relations, giving them the conceptual basis and analytical framework for successful careers with corporations and public sector organizations.
To provide a rigorous education across the entire field of human resources and industrial relations, the curriculum is structured around 3 core areas and rooted in 3 key concepts from social science, behavioral science, and business. Students take core courses in all 6 of these areas of HRIR.
- Staffing, training, and development
- Compensation and benefits
- Labor relations and collective bargaining
- Organizational behavior and theory
- Managerial economics and labor market analysis
- Data analysis
A sample full-time course sequence for fall semester entry is given below.
|First Semester||HRIR 6001 Business Principles for the HRIR Professional|
HRIR 6111 Using Data and Metrics in HRIR
HRIR 6301 Staffing, Training, and Development
|Second Semester||HRIR 6401 Organizational Theory Foundations of High-Impact HRIR|
HRIR 6441 Organizational Behavior Foundations of High-Impact HRIR
HRIR 6501 Compensation and Benefits
HRIR 6701 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
|Summer Internship||Full-time students usually complete a summer internship between first and second years|
|Third Semester||12 credits of HRIR electives and related field courses|
|Fourth Semester||10 credits of HRIR electives and related field courses and|
HRIR 6101 HRIR in Practice: Strategy, Execution, and Ethics
The curriculum is the same for the part-time option as for the full-time option, but part-time students go at their own pace and typically take 4-8 credits per semester and complete the program in 3-4 years. Taking the required core courses as early as possible in the program is recommended.