Looking for your next step?

You belong in Human Resources. You belong at Illinois.

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Earn a Masters in HR from one of the world’s top programs.

With a degree from Illinois, you’ll join a talented group of professionals highly sought by employers—from high-tech firms to Fortune 500 companies to top research universities.


Years In Length

You can complete our on-campus program in three semesters, and our online program in just under two years.



Placement Rate

Last year, 91% of our domestic candidates in the on-campus program received job offers before June.


Higher Salaries

Full time hires averaged over $85k annually, and interns average over $6k per month. Online graduates see an average salary bump of 26% after graduation.


Alumni In Network

Our global alumni network advances the field of employment relations and your future career.

Who’s a fit?

No one background is required for success in human resources. Our graduates all want to use their liberal arts, social sciences, or business degree to impact their organizations bottom line. This degree can make that connection happen.



Social sciences


Current Courses


Data analysis


What will you do?

Graduates work in all aspects of employment relations around the nation and world, with the goal of effectively and successfully managing an organization’s most critical resource: its people.

• Labor relations
• Compensation & benefits
• Employee training & development
• Talent management & recruitment
• Data analytics
• HR information technology

What our grads say.

Our alumni enjoy amazing careers from the moment they graduate because of the education and preparation they received while in the program. But don’t just believe us… listen to their own words! You can also hear from alumni and current students on the Listen & LERn Podcast!

“The program is a game changer for HR careers”

“This ended up being the
best decision I ever made… by far”

Land cool jobs.

Graduates work in all aspects of human resources at many top organizations. They are known by top employers to possess the educational background, internship experience, and knowledge of current technology and trends that will enable them to enter the business world with success.

Human Resource Ph.D

Master’s isn’t what you’re looking for? The human resources Ph.D. program at Illinois will provide an invaluable depth of knowledge to begin an academic career in employment relations.

Certificate Program

If you already have your degree and need to brush up on some skills, or want to see if this field is for you, you can personalize your education by choosing from four unique tracks within our certificate program while you continue to work.

Let’s Talk

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