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Human Resources and Industrial Relations Ph.D.

Industrial Relations Center
Curtis L. Carlson School of Management
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Contact Information
Department of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Suite 3-300, 321 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-5704; fax: 612-624-8360)
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Fall 2013. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Those interested in a PhD in the field of human resources, industrial relations, or organizational behavior can now find this under the Business Administration PhD Program.
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 66
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
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).
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 90
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 580
    • Total Score: 7.0
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.
Program Requirements
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.
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