Twin Cities Campus
Human Resources and Industrial Relations Ph.D.
Industrial Relations Center
Curtis L. Carlson School of Management
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Department of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Suite 3-300, 321 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-5704; fax: 612-624-8360)
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Human resources and industrial relations (HRIR) studies the employment relationship. Teaching and research are guided by the belief that the employment relationship must be investigated through the lenses of different disciplines using systems thinking. The doctoral degree is a research degree for individuals interested in academic careers. The curriculum is designed to expose students to a multidisciplinary view of work-related research in terms of research questions, theory, methods, and analytic approaches, while allowing for in-depth and focused research within particular domains based on faculty expertise and student interest. The curriculum is rooted in key theorizing from the social and behavioral sciences and business, such as industrial-organizational psychology, organizational behavior, personnel and organizational economics, and industrial relations; and is complemented by intensive coursework in research methods and by seminars that focus on specific areas of applied research.
This program is accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Prerequisites for Admission
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
24 credits are required in the major.
18 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Students must complete at least 12 credits of research methods (most complete 18 or more credits), a 12-credit major core sequence, and at least 8 credits of human resources and industrial relations special topics seminars. Specific coursework is planned in consultation with the student's adviser and the director of graduate studies. Students must pass subject-related and research methods preliminary exams.