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

Student Profile

The diversity of our students is raising the bar in the field of human resources and industrial relations.

Undergraduate degrees of our students include psychology, speech communications, economics, business administration, sociology, urban & regional planning, engineering, accounting, English and organizational studies. Some students enter the school directly from an undergraduate institution. Some students have been in one career for many years and are seeking graduate study to prepare for career change.

Student Stats

In 2016-2017, LER students came from 83 undergraduate institutions (40 domestic, 43 international), 55 majors, 16 states, and seven countries. The class was 70% female, 24% minority (15% African American, Latino/a, and Native American; 9% Asian American), and 37.8% International. Thirty-nine percent of the students had a year or more of work experience and the average age at entrance was 24.

Spring 2017 Master’s Program
Female 98
Male 50
International 47
African-American 13
American Indian 2
Hispanic 10
Total 148


Fall 2016 Master’s Program
Female 123
Male 50
International 67
African-American 14
American Indian 2
Hispanic 10
Total 173


*Includes JD/MHRIR and MBA/MHRIR

Note: Spring semester enrollment is traditionally lower because the three-semester program graduates students in December.

Active Leaders

Our students are very active at the school and university level. You can find them in advising roles at the Business Career Center and The Career Center, and in assistantships at Academic Human Resources and University Human Resources. Our student organizations are active and used as effective networking and skill building tools. The School Student Society for Human Resource Management Chapter (SSHRM) has received a Superior Merit Award every year since 1998 and was one of the Top Ten chapters in the nation in 1998 and in 2001. The Labor and Industrial Relations Association (LIRA) has student representation on all LER college committees as well as plans and executes the annual formal. The Multicultural Student Association (MSA) organizes the annual Multicultural Fest each November, which usually features a panel of school alumni.