The CIRHR Advantage

The Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources is a unique, supportive, and collegial community within Canada’s premier university, the University of Toronto. 

Students study with professors from a variety of disciplines and with accomplished professionals from Toronto’s HR and IR communities. A world class library, a wide array of courses from which to choose, and the opportunity for a summer work placement prepare students for rewarding careers in labour  relations, human resource management, and labour policy.



Outstanding Faculty

Internationally recognized, Centre faculty have edited or authored the leading textbooks in HRM, IR and research methods, as well as influential books in their areas of specialty. They are also outstanding instructors. Students rate overall effective teaching performance as excellent with instructors scoring an average of 6 on a 7 point scale.

IRHR Library

On-site, the IRHR Library is the foremost library in Canada in the field of HR and IR and a computer lab with wired and wireless connectivity.

Peer Recognition

In recognition of its contribution to the advancement of research and education in Canadian industrial relations the CIRHR received the Gerard Dion Award from the Canadian Industrial Relations Association.


An informal and inclusive atmosphere, with small class sizes, an active student association, and plenty of opportunity for interaction among students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Interesting courses

Required courses are designed to provide theoretical frameworks and build HR and IR competencies, plus a full range of elective courses.


Toronto’s HR/IR community is at your doorstep with opportunities to participate in professional conferences and workshops. Networking events are scheduled throughout the year and an alumni mentorship program is available.

Work Experience and Employment Support

Full-time students in the MIRHR are provided job search support through a variety of career development programs including the Career Development Seminar, as well as one-on-one resume review and interview coaching.

Financial Support

A guaranteed funding package for PhD students and awards for MIRHR students that are based on academic merit as well as financial need are available.

Student Life

A vibrant student community supported by an extensive network of on-campus services that includes housing, accessibility resources for students with a disability, an International Student Centre, and the largest university Career Centre in Canada.


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