Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resources

The Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resources is for those students who are interested in advanced academic study leading to career opportunities in:

  • Human resources management
  • Labour-management relations
  • Collective bargaining and dispute resolution
  • Organization development and change
  • Labour market and social policy

The MIRHR is designed to train professionals in the latest innovations and best practices within industrial relations and human resources management. It provides specialized study of the employment relationship using an interdisciplinary approach. Integral to the MIRHR degree is training in the essential analytical and empirical methods required of the today’s practitioner.

The MIRHR degree consists of required courses, as well as elective courses that increase a student’s breadth of knowledge. A student may also select elective courses based on a specific area of interest.

Two program options are available for those who meet the requirements for admission. Part-time study is available in both MIRHR programs.

2-Year MIRHR

Full-time students who qualify for admission will normally complete the program in two years (16 non-consecutive months).

12-Month MIRHR –Advanced Standing Option

The advanced standing option will enable qualified students to complete the MIRHR degree in one year (12 consecutive months) of full time study. This option is available to those students with a four-year bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, in: employment relations; industrial relations; labour studies; commerce or psychology with a major in human resources.

Collaborative Program in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies

MIRHR students interested in immigration and immigrant adjustment, Native Peoples, attitudes towards diverse cultures, minority group conflicts, and cultural diversity policies have the opportunity to take additional courses towards an interdisciplinary specialization in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies.

Collaborative Program in Workplace Learning and Social Change (WLSC)

MIRHR students interested in developing their understanding of work and learning within broader social trends such as globalization, neo-liberalism and organizational restructuring have the opportunity to take additional courses towards an interdisciplinary specialization in Workplace Learning and Social Change.