Admissions and Application
To be accepted to the School of Labor and Employment Relations, you must meet the general entrance requirements of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as the School's specific requirements. Graduate study at the School leads to the Master's degree (M.H.R.I.R.) or the Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in human resources and industrial relations. There is also joint degree program with the College of Law, leading to a master's degree in labor and industrial relations and a law degree (J.D./M.H.R.I.R.).
The Admissions and Financial Aid Committee will evaluate your admission to LER based on the whole picture - what you've studied and where, how well you did in your classes, your GRE or GMAT scores, your prior work experience, and what your references have to say about you. Our admissions process is not formula-driven. Instead, we make informed decisions about you based on your whole background. We encourage a wide variety of students to apply because we find that different majors, ethnic backgrounds, and work experiences enrich our classes.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Completed application form submitted online. All supporting materials must be uploaded and submitted online with the application.
- Application fee: $70 domestic and $90 international
- Transcripts of all academic work submitted online with application.
- Three letters of recommendation from people who can speak to your ability to do graduate level work and/or your commitment and interest in the field of human resource management and industrial relations - submitted electronically.
- Your GRE test scores (no subject test required) reported electronically to Institution Code 1836 OR request your GMAT scores be sent to code VKR-TK-05. Don't wait to submit your application because scores will automatically upload into your application.
- For international applicants, minimum TOEFL score of 590 PBT, 243 CBT, or 96 iBT reported electronically to Institution Code 1836. IELTS also accepted.
- Declaration of Finances (International applicants only) with Program Code 10KS0364MHRI on the form
- Statement of purpose submitted online with your completed application
Please complete the online application. All required documents including transcripts and letters of recommendation must be uploaded and submitted with the online application. Have more questions? Review the FAQ.
You must complete an undergraduate course in statistics before you can take the graduate level statistics course -- we strongly recommend that this course be completed before enrollment in the School. (It may be taken without graduate credit during the first semester at the School, but doing so may delay completion of the program because of course sequencing.)
Unlike many MBA programs, we do not require an interview. However, we strongly encourage you to come visit and see for yourself how our high-tech, high-touch environment can help you succeed.
Fall application deadline is February 1 and November 1 for spring admission. Applicants will be notified around March 15 for fall and around December 1 for spring admission.
For information concerning the dates and places for taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), contact Computer Based Testing year-round at 1-800-GRE-Call. For test preparation materials, contact 1-800-537-3160. To prepare for the online test, see their website at www.gre.org.