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School of Labor and Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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By the Numbers

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 2017-18, LER master’s students came from 93 undergraduate institutions (43 domestic and 50 international), 51 majors, 15 states, and nine countries. The class is 67% female, 28% minority (17% African American, Latino and Native American; 9% Asian American). The class is 35% international. Forty percent have at least one year work experience and the average age is 24.
Master’s Student Profile

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

New Graduate Salaries

For full-time entry-level hires, the average private sector salary was $76,607. Signing bonuses averaged $8,000. Interns averaged $5,386 per month.
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.