Ph.D. in Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management

SMLR's Ph.D. program in Industrial Relations and Human Resources (IRHR) is an interdisciplinary program that qualifies students for employment as college or university faculty or for research positions. The IRHR program is designed for people who want to:

  • study the world of work in our dynamic global economy, including how employment relationships affect organizations, workers, and society
  • work with leading scholars who are nationally and internationally recognized experts in a broad range of topics in industrial relations and human resources
  • become leading scholars.¬†Students learn how to design, conduct, and publish rigorous research in scholarly journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, and Journal of Applied Psychology, among others.
  • Develop teaching skills by working as teaching assistants and teaching their own courses.

Learning Goals for Students

  1. Attain marked ability, scholarship, research and leadership skills in industrial relations and human resources 
  2. Engage in and conduct original research
  3. Prepare to be professionals in careers that require training at the highest levels in the social sciences that address issues related to  industrial relations and human resources