Illinois’ human resources graduate programs are widely known by employers and students as one of the top three programs in the world for human resources and industrial relations.


In 2020-21 there were 178 MHRIR on-campus master’s students that came from 66 undergraduate institutions (37 domestic and 29 international), 47 majors, 12 states and seven countries.

The class is 75% female, 38.2% minority (25.9% African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American; 12.3% Asian American). The class is 26% international. Thirty-three percent have at least one year work experience and the average age is 23.

The online MHRIR program currently has 93 students enrolled and on average these students have between 7 to 8 years of work experience.

The class is 74% female, 51% minority (17% Hispanic/Latino, 17% Asian American, 15% African American, 2% identify with multiple race identities). The class is 5% international.

The Ph.D. program typically has 12-15 students enrolled concurrently.
Doctoral Student Profile

New Graduate Salaries

Domestic graduates reported a total first-year salary of $4,674,050. For full-time entry-level hires, the average private sector salary was $78,000.  Interns reported a total summery earnings of $1,178,325 averaged $5,010 per month or $29 per hour.
Full Salary Statistics (PDF)

Alumni Network

At this time, there are over 3,200 alumni employed in more than 30 countries around the world. Among them are senior corporate executives, government officials, HR consultants, union officials, faculty members and university administrators.