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photo of student in classThe Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations degree program requires completion of 48 semester credits, equivalent to two full-time academic years or 3–4 years for the part-time program. Students take 40 credits in Human Resources and Industrial Relations and 8 credits in related fields, such as management courses. Most full-time students take 12 credits per semester, while part-time students typically take 4–8 credits each semester.

The first half of the program consists of 4-credit (14-week) courses in each of the 6 core areas of HRIR. The second half consists of 14 credits of HRIR electives, 8 credits of related field electives, plus the capstone course on strategy, execution, and ethics.

1. Required Core Courses (24 credits)

Core courses provide an applied foundation for understanding the functions of HRIR and the critical intersections with business, economics, psychology, and law.

HRIR 8001 Business Principles for the HRIR Professional (4 credits)
HRIR 8011 Using Data and Metrics in HRIR (4 credits)
HRIR 8031 Staffing, Training, and Development (4 credits)
HRIR 8141 Organizational Theory Foundations of High-Impact HRIR (2 credits)
HRIR 8241 Organizational Behavior Foundations of High-Impact HRIR (2 credits)
HRIR 8051 Compensation and Benefits (4 credits)
HRIR 8071 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining (4 credits)

2. Electives (24 credits)

Electives are generally 2-credit (7-week) courses and cover areas such as leadership, human resource information systems (HRIS), law, diversity, and international human resources. These classes usually meet one evening a week. Choose from a variety of cutting-edge courses that put theory into practice and deliver the knowledge and skills for professional HRIR success.

A. HRIR Offerings – Partial Listing (12 credits)

Choose at least 12 credits from a rich array of HRIR offerings, such as:

HRIR 5022 Managing Diversity (2 credits)
HRIR 5023 Employment and Labor Law for the HRIR Professional (2 credits)
HRIR 5026 Innovative HR Leadership in the Context of Change and Uncertainty (2 credits)
HRIR 8023 International Human Resource Management (2 credits)
HRIR 8034 Employee Development: Creating a Competitive Advantage (2 credits)
HRIR 8044 Motivation and Work Behavior in Contemporary Organizations (2 credits)
HRIR 8045 Organizational Development, HR Metrics, and the Balanced Scorecard (2 credits)
HRIR 8073 Dispute Resolution: Labor Arbitration (2 credits)

(This is a partial list.)

B. HRIR Issues Analysis (2 credits)

Choose at least 2 credits to enhance your ability to analyze HRIR issues using economic concepts:

HRIR 5054 Public Policy on Employee Benefits (2 credits)
HRIR 5061 Public Policies on Work and Pay (3 credits)
HRIR 5062 Personnel Economics (2 credits)

C. Related Fields (8 credits)

For students who didn't major in business, we strongly recommend taking MBA 6030 Financial Accounting. Choose at least 8 credits from other University graduate programs to round out your knowledge.

MBA 6030 Financial Accounting (3 credits)
MBA 6220 Operations Management (3 credits)
MBA 6230 Financial Management (3 credits)
MBA 6210 Marketing Management (3 credits)
MCOM 5400 Managerial Communications (2 credits)

D. Capstone (2 credits)

Culminate your experience with a required capstone course to synthesize your academic experience and transition into professional success and responsibility.

HRIR 8101 HRIR in Practice: Strategy, Execution, and Ethics (2 credits)

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