About the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources

Since 1965, the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources has brought together professors from many different disciplines and departments at the University of Toronto to teach and conduct research on all aspects of the workplace and employment relationships. The CIRHR faculty reflect the depth, breadth, and diversity of our university.

Graduate Degree Programs

The MIRHR and PhD programs provide students with the opportunity for advanced study in human resources management, labour relations, collective bargaining and dispute resolution, organization development and labour market policy.

The Master of Industrial Relations degree (now the Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resources (MIRHR) degree) was the first such degree in an English-language university in Canada. From the initial graduating class of 2 students in 1977, there are now about 45 students who graduate each year.

The PhD program was another first for an English-language university in Canada. Established in 1986 it is a research-oriented degree that prepares its graduates for both academic and professional careers. Small and select, an average of only 2 students are admitted each year.


The CIRHR is located in a historic home with administrative and faculty offices, an on-site Library, student computer facilities, study space and a classroom.

As part of the St. George (downtown) campus, the CIRHR is within a five-minute walk to the University of Toronto Robarts Library and Information Commons, the Rotman School of Management, the Faculty of Law, UofT’s Athletic Centre, and Graduate Student Residence, as well as the St. George Subway.