- Master of Arts 2018
Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Carlson School of Management
As a graduate of the part-time MA-HRIR program, Kevin Brennan, ’18, says he found the program beneficial in advancing his career. “The knowledge and competencies I gained from the program increased both the breadth of my understanding of the issues facing the HR professional of tomorrow, as well as the depth of core concepts that have always guided the profession,” he says. Currently a compensation consultant at Ecolab, Brennan says the MA-HRIR program “is the standard of excellence at my organization due to its reputation of providing our future leaders with the tools and knowledge to make the organization successful.” Prior to joining the Alumni Board, he was given advice and guidance from alumni within his organization. “Not all prospective students have the resources my organization was able to provide me,” he says, “so I joined the Board to assist those who need it.” And what advice would he share with current students? “I would tell current students to engage with the classroom discussion as much as possible, and challenge your professors on ideas and concepts that are discussed; this is where the true learning takes place,” he says.