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Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MHRIR)

Course Description

A Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MHRIR) degree will prepare you for a well-paying and exciting role in business, union and government organizations.

Have you figured out how to apply your liberal arts, social science, or business degree to an organization’s bottom line? Does the job that you have with your finance, economics, or accounting degree lack human interaction? Are you looking for an advanced degree that can combine all these elements? Does the prospect of making approximately $70,000 a year entry-level sound good to you? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then a master’s degree from the School of Labor and Employment Relations might be what you need.

Degree Requirements

Earn your master’s in human resources and industrial relations (MHRIR) by completing 12 courses (48 hours) in three semesters.

The largest class enrolls in the fall and graduates in December of the next year. This allows students to enter the workforce sooner than graduates in other programs, giving them a competitive edge. Spring semester enrollment is also available.

:Part-Time Enrollment:

Most students attend full time, taking four courses per semester, but students also have the option to enroll part-time. The Graduate College at the University of Illinois allows up to five years to complete a master’s degree. The School of Labor and Employment Relations allows students to take classes on a part-time basis to obtain a degree in compliance with this timeline. Part-time students must meet the same admission requirements as full-time students.

:Work Experience:

Although prior work experience in human resources and industrial relations is not required, we encourage you to gain some work experience before you enroll.

:Statistics Requirement:

Students must complete an undergraduate introductory course in statistics. We strongly recommend you complete this course before you enroll at the school. You may take such a course without graduate credit during your first semester in the master’s program, but doing so may delay completion because of course sequencing.

Further Information - https://ler.illinois.edu/?page_id=508

Career Opportunities

An MHRIR from Illinois affords instant credibility that few programs can provide.

Graduates are highly sought for internship opportunities and full-time employment. The aggressive and effective Career Services office (https://ler.illinois.edu/?page_id=48) will provide you with one-on-one counseling, career workshops and access to major Fortune 500 companies that recognize the program’s quality.

See placement stats and starting salaries for recent grads - https://ler.illinois.edu/?page_id=50

Companies hire graduates in full-time positions that are either direct hire or rotational. Direct hire positions enable you to immediately begin contributing in a specific role; rotational programs are development opportunities designed to give your career a boost by providing broad-based skill development, a wide understanding of the business and high visibility. Below are a few examples of job descriptions that encompass direct hire and rotational job types, as well as internship opportunities.

See Sample job Opportunities - https://ler.illinois.edu/?page_id=2580

Where Grads Work

For the 2014-2015 academic year, ninety-three percent of domestic graduates were employed and most found their positions through Career Services at the School of Labor & Employment Relations.

Graduates work in all aspects of human resources at companies around the world. In addition to the salaries reported below, most companies pay relocation expenses, some offer stock options immediately, and if you convert your internship to full-time employment, some companies will adjust your start date to reflect your intern work. The full 2014-2015 LER Placement Report can be downloaded here (https://ler.illinois.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/1415.UPDATED.Employers.Placement.pdf)

Further Information - https://ler.illinois.edu/?page_id=50

Entry Requirements

The Admissions and Financial Aid Committee will evaluate your admission to LER based on the whole picture – what you’ve studied and where, how well you did in your classes, GRE or GMAT scores, prior work experience, and what your references have to say about you. We encourage a wide variety of students to apply because we find that different majors, ethnic backgrounds, and work experiences enrich our classes.You must also meet the general entrance requirements of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Further Information - https://ler.illinois.edu/?page_id=87

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