Human Resources & Industrial Relations Curriculum

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, and 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.

What you'll learn

To provide a rigorous education across the entire human resources and industrial relations field, 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
  • HRIR 6001 - Business Principles
  • HRIR 6111 - Statistics
  • HRIR 6301 - Staffing, Training, Development
  • HRIR 6305 - Staffing, Training, Development Leadership Practicum
  • HRIR 6501 - Compensation and Benefits
  • HRIR 6505 - Compensation and Benefits Leadership Practicum
  • HRIR 6701 - Labor Relations
  • HRIR 6401 - Organizational Theory
  • HRIR 6441 - Organizational Behavior

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Program Format


The Full-Time program is a rigorous and immersive program that can be completed in 16 months, three semesters, with the option to curate your program with options that include pursuing a graduate minor in topic areas such as business or law or taking part in our unique study abroad opportunities.


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.

Program Highlights

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