PhD in IRHR

Overview

The Ph.D. in Industrial Relations and Human Resources (IRHR) is an interdisciplinary program designed for people who want to:

A Program That is Convenient for You

Rutgers Ph.D. students can take doctoral courses at Princeton, Columbia, NYU, CUNY, Fordham, New School, or Stony Brook as part of their studies, through the Inter-University Consortium in which Rutgers participates. Our program also participates in a new consortium of industrial relations and human resources programs with M.I.T., Cornell, Michigan State, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Minnesota in which students can take joint videoconference classes from leading scholars in each institution.

Admissions

Admission to the PhD program in Industrial Relations and Human Resources (IRHR) is competitive and highly selective. On average, two or three students are admitted to the program per year. The school values diversity and is strongly committed to equal opportunity.

Degree Requirements

The program of study in IRHR requires all students to:

  1. complete three core seminars
  2. select a primary field of either Human Resources [PDF] or Labor, Work, and Society [PDF], in which five courses will be taken
  3. either select a secondary field in which three courses will be taken, or take three electives if no secondary field is chosen
  4. complete four statistics and research methods courses
  5. complete a Master's thesis

Courses and Syllabi

Below are the PhD courses offered by faculty at the School of Management and Labor Relations, with links to sample course syllabi. Students often take PhD courses relevant to their interests in other schools and departments at Rutgers. The SMLR Graduate Catalog can assist you.