Nicholas Christenson

CHRLS Alumni Association President


  • Master of Arts 2005
    Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Carlson School of Management


Nicholas Christenson, '05, graduated from the full-time program and now works as vice president of talent management at Polaris Industries. Christenson has also worked for Ingersoll Rand and Doosan Infracore. He chose the MA-HRIR program at the University of Minnesota because he believes that it provides learning in the right balance of deeper functional know-how along with stronger business acumen. Christenson considers the program to have completely prepared him for the real world in HR. "The connection emphasized in the program of HR strategies to impact business outcomes has shaped how I operate as an HR leader," he says. He joined the board because he wanted to make real connections between the academic program and real world experiences. His best piece of advice to current students: "Seek to understand the business, and how you can best add value."