Master of Human Resources & Industrial Relations

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Human Resources & Industrial Relations Program at a Glance

Whether you aspire to switch careers or advance within the corporate hierarchy, our Human Resources and Industrial Relations program is tailored to help you achieve your professional ambitions.

  • 96% of 2022 graduates accepted job offers within 6 months of graduation
  • Choose the format that best fits your life: full-time or part-time
  • 1:1 career support

At the University of Minnesota, our Master of Human Resources & Industrial Relations program has earned a prestigious reputation as one of the nation's top programs. With a rich history spanning 75 years, we have honed our curriculum to provide a comprehensive understanding of core functions, contemporary practices, and underlying theories in human resources and industrial relations.

A wealth of opportunities for future HR leaders

Whether you complete your master’s full-time in 3 semesters or take it at your own pace part-time, the University of Minnesota's Master of Human Resources & Industrial Relations program gives students an opportunity to study all aspects of the human resources and industrial relations field with an internationally-known faculty committed to providing each student with a rich educational experience. Additionally, you can consider the incredible opportunity and ROI of a HRIR/MBA dual degree.


start date
Start date
Fall (Full-Time or 
Part-Time); Spring
(Part-Time only)
16-months; Part-
Time: 3-5 years
Full-time: On-
campus day
classes; Part-time:
Evening classes
work experience
Work experience
Not required,
although it is
HRIR courses

Dynamic field of study, well-rounded education

By blending theory and practice, our human resources degree provides students with a multi-disciplinary foundation in economics, psychology, business, ethics, culture, and law. ​​HRIR encompasses all aspects of the employment relationship, from human resource management to labor relations and beyond and the Carlson School MHRIR curriculum provides a rigorous education across the entire field.

The program requires the completion of 40 credits, with full-time students typically enrolling in 12-14 credits and working professional part-time students typically taking 4-8 credits each semester.


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HR Students Hone Crucial Expertise in Global Teaming

A future-focused investment

A Master of Human Resources & Industrial Relations degree is one of the best investments you can make. Increase your earning power, expand your network, and connect with companies here in Minnesota and worldwide.

  • Full-time student tuition for residents or reciprocity is approximately $11,460 per semester, for non-residents it is approximately $19,010 per semester. 
  • Part-time student tuition is approximately $1,146 per credit for residents, and $1,901 per credit for non-residents(48-49 credits are required to graduate). 


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Enhance your career, stand out from the crowd

The Carlson School takes an individualized approach to help each student develop a sound career strategy. From the dean's office to program directors, faculty, executive boards, student organizations, and the Carlson Business Career Center (CBCC), we work in concert to help Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations students reach their professional goals.


The median base salary for the Carlson School Master of Human Resources & Industrial Relations 2022 graduates with U.S. work authorization. *$74,000 median salary for all Master of Human Resources & Industrial Relations 2022 graduates.


The Carlson Business Career Center coaches meet 1:1 with students throughout the year. Learn more about the impact of career services on your Carlson School experience.


median signing bonus on job offers for the Class of 2022.

Where alumni landed after graduation

Learn how the Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations degree has helped three alumni launch and accelerate their human resources career at three different companies.

Take the next step

Apply early and give yourself the best chance to join the Carlson School's Master of Human Resources & Industrial Relations program. Note: The full-time program does not offer spring admission. International students who need a visa can only be considered for the full-time program.

Application Deadlines

  • Full-Time Program
    • Round 1: December 1
    • Round 2: February 1
    • Round 3: April 1*
    • Round 4: June 1
    • Round 5: July 15**
  • Part-Time Program (Spring Intake)
    • Round 1: October 15
    • Round 2: November 15
    • Round 3: December 15**
  • Part-Time Program (Fall Intake)
    • Round 1: May 15
    • Round 2: June 15
    • Round 3: July 15**

*After the April 1 deadline, applications from international applicants in the U.S. will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

**After the final deadline, applications are accepted on a case-by-case basis.


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