Master of industrial relations

Queen’s University has a long-standing commitment to teaching and research in industrial relations.  The MIR program is a ten to twelve month professional program with a practitioner focus, designed to prepare students for a variety of career opportunities. Many students go on to careers in labour relations and human resources. Others establish careers in applied and policy oriented research, teaching and consulting in IR/HR. The program attracts new graduates as well as career employees wishing to renew or upgrade their credentials. More than 500 Queen’s MIR graduates have gone on to contribute significantly to their workplaces in private and public sector organizations both in Canada and abroad.

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Master of Industrial Relations

The Master of Industrial Relations degree program is aimed at developing the knowledge and competencies that HR/LR professionals need. The MIR provides students with:

The philosophical orientation of the program is multi-disciplinary, stressing the application of knowledge and analysis to the workplace. The curriculum consists of core courses, electives and skills seminars. The core courses delve into the required body of knowledge and skills to provide a thorough grounding in industrial relations and human resource theory and practice. Opportunities for specialization are provided through electives and skills seminars. Electives can be selected from within the school or from appropriate graduate offerings in other units. An elective can also be made up of three analytical and research skills seminars - each of which focuses on a special topic and runs for twelve class hours. Students also have the opportunity to concentrate on labour relations, human resource management, or labour law. The program's unique design attracts students with diverse academic and career backgrounds.

This ten to twelve-month Master's Program in Industrial Relations requires three terms of full-time study on campus. Admission requirements are a four-year bachelor's degree with upper second-class standing from a recognized university and demonstrated evidence of strong academic potential. An applicant whose native languages do not include English must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan University English Language test with a score of at least 625 to be admitted to the program. Applicants are not required to write the GRE or GMAT.

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Benjamin Turner

Benjamin Turner

Masters of Industrial Relations FT

Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) Candidate 2017 at Queen's University

I am a bilingual Master of Industrial Relations candidate who is specifically interested in recruitment and talent acquisition. I believe that an organization's most valuable asset is its human capital. This value is realized when effective testing and selection methods are utilized in the recruitment process. My human capital approach to human resource management is aimed at acquiring new talents who are not only exceptional candidates but also are the most suited individuals to an organization. This results in both high employee retention and a boost in organizational productivity. Further, human capital management is reactive to the modern business complexity's trends, gaps and changes. Therefore, as a human resource professional I will act as an organization's sensor in order to allow the organization to continue to progress without interruption.

My capacity in talent acquisition and recruitment lies in my ability to super-connect. Super connectors are individuals who build close relationships with diverse people very quickly. As a super connector I can match people with opportunities and, in doing so, leave my connections with a positive opinion of myself and my own abilities. Moreover, I always strive to stay '​in the know'​. This way I know what each of my connections is capable of, who is in their network, and what my connections need or are looking for. This allows me to instantaneously connect people based on needs and abilities, while increasing their own value.



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