The Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations curriculum is built from a foundation of economics and social psychology and provides students with a thorough understanding of contemporary practices, underlying theories, in the major areas of human resources and industrial relations. By the end of the program, students will develop a conceptual basis and analytical framework for successful careers with corporations and public sector organizations.

The curriculum at a glance

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.

Core areas:

  • Staffing, training, and development
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Labor relations and collective bargaining

Key concepts:

  • Organizational behavior and theory
  • Managerial economics and labor market analysis
  • Data analysis

Full-time sequence

A sample full-time course sequence for fall semester entry is given below.

Term Courses
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


Part-time sequence

The curriculum is the same for the part-time option as for the full-time option. 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.

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