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:
- thorough grounding in labour relations and human resource practice;
- an understanding of evolving employment relationships and of organizational dynamics;
- an understanding of the fundamentals of the laws governing the individual employment relationship and the collective bargaining relationship;
- the capacity to collect and analyze data on current workplace issues and interpret research in the field;
- the skills set of the new HR/LR professional - consulting, facilitation, leadership, coaching, team building and communication.
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.