Human Resources & Industrial Relations Class Profile

Explore the important demographic information and admission statistics below to help you determine if the Master of Human Resources & Industrial Relations program could be the right fit for you.

  • 48 students
  • 73% women
  • 16% students of color
  • 47% international students

Although there are no absolute qualifications for admission to the MHRIR 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. Work experience is not required but is encouraged.

  • 3.43 average GPA
  • 2.1 average full-time work experience

Undergraduate Majors

We do not require any specific undergraduate major. Admitted students have degrees in fields ranging from engineering to the fine arts. Common majors include psychology, business, economics, human resources, and communications.

Meet our students

In our HRIR program, students study together in tight-knit groups during their time in graduate school. Each cohort is unique and bonds are created that last a lifetime. We invite you to meet our students. 

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Why did you choose the MHRIR program at UMN? 

The amazing learning experiences that the faculty create, the opportunity to do a dual degree, incredible advising and coaching support from the program and Career Center, the extensive alumni network, the strong relationships between the program and organizations in the Twin Cities and beyond, and the excellent employment outcomes for students.

What has been your favorite class so far? 

It's hard to decide, but I would say HRIR 6111: Using Data and Metrics in Human Resources and Industrial Relations. I did some research in my previous career but primarily qualitative, and I've always been a little scared to dive into the quantitative side of things. But I learned so much from Professor Budd's course, which was also very accessible and entertaining. I've even been able to put a lot of it into practice in my summer internship.

What was the highlight from your summer internship? 

Working on projects on engagement and training where I could directly apply the knowledge and skills that I learned in the first year courses to deliver value for my team and organization.

What advice would you give a prospective student? 

Do as much research as you can on the program. See what's online about the program's structure, what courses are offered, etc. Talk to current students and alumni about their experiences. And check out the GBCC and career outcomes. The most important thing is the fit between what the program offers and your learning and professional development goals.

Leann HRIR


Why did you choose the MHRIR program at UMN?

I've been very interested in workplace psychology, and some professors of the program have already done interesting research in this area. Moreover, before joining the program, I contacted a few current students and they gave me useful advice regarding courses, communities, and school life. The friendly experience made me more determined that UMN was the place I wanted to go.

What has been the most rewarding experience in the program?

I would definitely say that the learning experience with our cohort is the best!  As students in the program come from all backgrounds, I have the best opportunity to broaden my perspectives by learning other people's experience and stories. Interactions with my peers also help me construct a more holistic way of thinking, which will be very beneficial for my future career as an HR professional when dealing with difficult situations.

What advice would you give to a prospective student?

If you have questions or confusions about the program, don't hesitate to reach out.  Having a better understanding of the program can also help you find out what best fits you.



Why did you choose the MHRIR program at UMN?

UMN's MHRIR program offers a diversified learning environment which enriched my learning experience in the past 2 years. Before joining the program, I realized that the program has a major emphasis on D&I through the website, brochure, and talking to alumni. Moreover, UMN's MHRIR program is one of the few top programs situated under a highly-ranked business school. An HR program under a business school could provide me with more practical HR knowledge. Finally, the program also offers a strong network as I benefited a lot from the advice and insights from the alumni here. 

What was the highlight from your summer internship?

I worked at the Minnesota Judicial Branch as an HR intern. Since my job was related to recruitment in a government institution, the biggest highlight for me was to participate in an actual recruiting process and learn how it works in real life. Interestingly, my manager was an alumnus of the program, so it was easier for us to connect and we had a lot of great conversations!

What advice would you give a prospective student?

For those who plan to apply for the program, I recommend showcasing your passion in HR and an inclusive mindset. And for those who decide to join after getting admission, you can get the most out of the program through school's resources, extracurricular activities (ex: GSHRL), and most importantly, the cohort!

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Connect with us

Need help navigating the admissions process? Have questions about the program? We're here to help!

Let me know if you'd like me to connect you with one of our students.

Amy Danzeisen
Assistant Director of Recruiting and Admissions
Human Resources and Industrial Relations 

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