Admission Process

Application Deadlines

  • Full-Time Fall Semester Admission: Priority deadline is February 1st. Applications are accepted after that on a rolling basis.
  • Part-Time Fall Semester Admission: June 15
  • Part-Time Spring Semester Admission: October 15
  • Note: The full-time MA-HRIR program does not offer spring admission. International students who need a visa can only be considered for the full-time program.

Prerequisite- Microeconomics

Before enrolling, all students must complete an undergraduate course in Microeconomics. It is not necessary to have taken the course before applying. We consider, and conditionally admit applicants before they have taken Microeconomics. However, we will require that admitted students complete Microeconomics with a grade of C or better before they begin our program.

We also recommend but do not require introductory courses in macroeconomics, general psychology, and statistics.

University Online Application

All MA- HRIR applicants must complete the University Online Application. For full-time program: select "Human Resources and Industrial Relations MA" as your proposed major in the application. For part-time program: select "Human Resources and Industrial Relations – Evening-MA." The University's application can be saved and continued later.

Your application process is complete when you have uploaded and submitted the following items through the University Online Application System. 

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Application Checklist

Please upload your resume in the University application. Your formatting should be the same as if you are applying for a job.

Please provide a statement outlining your immediate educational and long-range career objectives in relation to your chosen field. You may also wish to include other information, such as any undergraduate research experience, internships, or other experiences you may have had to document your preparation for advanced study in your chosen field.

Enrolling and graduating a diverse student body is central to the University of Minnesota's mission. Please write a statement that identifies the distinctive qualities, characteristics, and life experiences you would contribute to your graduate program and to the education of fellow students at the University of Minnesota. You may wish to include examples that address your contribution to the diversity of the student body and illustrate your motivation to succeed by setting high standards for accomplishing intellectual and other goals, overcoming obstacles to achievement, and/or helping others to gain access to the resources necessary for success.

(Please do not exceed one page in length)

Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts. There is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review.

If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.

Minimum academic requirements for international applicants are a 4-year bachelor's degree or a master's degree (2 years after your bachelor's degree).

Click here for important information about uploading your transcripts and credentials.

Applicants are required to take either the GRE or GMAT. Scores must be from within the past five years. Although there are no absolute qualifications for admission to the MA-HRIR program, most admitted students have strong undergraduate records (3.0+ on a 4.0 scale) and score at the 40th percentile or better on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE or GMAT. 

Send your official scores to us by using the following codes: 
GRE: (institution) 6874, (department) 4204 - If this department code is not listed, please choose undecided. As long as the institution code is correct, it will be sent to the Grad School.
GMAT: D2N-VJ-64 - Please self report your scores on your application as well as sending them to us. We will use self-reported scores for the admission decision and if you are admitted, we will then add your official score report  and verify that it matches your self-reported scores.

Part-time program only: In certain circumstances, a GMAT-GRE Waiver may be applied for to fulfill this requirement. This waiver request should be submitted per the policy instructions before application submission. Request a waiver application form from hrirgrad@umn.edu.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination) >

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) >

Take a Sample GMAT Test here >

We require three letters of recommendation. Work-related letters are acceptable, but for recent graduates of academic programs, we prefer at least two letters from former professors. Not-so-recent graduates are allowed to substitute work-related recommendations, but should still try to obtain at least one letter of recommendation from a former professor. Once their email address is entered, your letter writer will receive a system generated email detailing how to upload the letter.

Please use the online system for letters of recommendation through the University's application.

In a document, please list all relevant courses you have taken in each of the following five subject areas under the appropriate subject name. Please do not list courses more than once under different headings. Then upload the document below.

1. Human Resources and Industrial Relations

2. Business/Management

3. Economics

4. Psychology

5. Statistics/Math

Please list any honors or scholastic awards you have received and extra-curricular activities in which you have participated. Be sure to include any national or international fellowships for which you are currently applying or have received. Give titles of publications and of any research, inventions, or other creative work you have done.

(Please limit your response to one uploaded page)

The TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS is generally required of all applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of U.S. citizenship status. Applicants who have completed 24 quarter credits/16 semester credits (within 24 months of the applicant's proposed term of entry) in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States or other English-speaking country before entering the University of Minnesota are generally exempted from this requirement.

The minimum score requirements for admission are:

TOEFL iBT: 79 (with section scores of 21 on writing and 19 on reading)

TOEFL Paper-based: 550

IELTS: 6.5 (with section scores of 6.5 in both reading and writing)

MELAB: 80

Click U of M English Language Proficiency web page for more information on how to submit test scores.

International students may find more general information on the International Applicants web page.

A separate application fee must accompany the application for admission and be paid by using a valid credit card. The application fee cannot be waived nor deferred, and is non-refundable. 

U.S. Citizen/Permanent Residents: $75

International Applicants: $95

Make sure you don't miss a step in your application process. 

Additional Information and Requirements for International Applicants

Eric Shaughnessy

"The MA-HRIR program provided the necessary foundation for a career in HR, and I felt a very natural transition into practicing what I learned in a professional setting."

– Eric Shaughnessy, 02 MA-HRIR, Shutterfly, Inc.
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