Admission to the Ph.D. 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.

When evaluating applications, the faculty considers test scores, past academic educational achievement, research experience, and relevant work experience. Students who have no research experience or training are not likely to be admitted to the Ph.D. program. The admissions committee puts a high priority on ensuring that each admitted student is matched to good faculty advisors, so in your personal statement it is valuable for you to draw connections between your interests and the expertise of specific faculty members who could be your advisors.

Do I Need a Master's Degree?

Completion of a terminal master's degree in a related field of study is not required for admission. A student who holds a master's degree upon entering the program may transfer some credits but they must fulfill the same degree requirements as students who do not hold a relevant master's degree

What Are the Admission Deadlines?

New students are admitted once per year and the application deadline is December 22nd. Decisions are made on a rolling basis after the application deadline. We seek to make offers by the end of January, although the timing of the process may vary by primary field (Human Resources, or Labor Work and Society), and the particular pool of applicants in a given year. All decisions will be made by March 31st for initial enrollment in the following fall semester. You can learn more about the application process, and can apply online through Rutgers Graduate and Professional Admissions.

What Are the Application Requirements?

Requirements include:

  • 2 official transcripts from every post-secondary institution

  • 3 letters of recommendation (we give more weight to recommenders with an academic connection or background)

  • A personal statement of about 500 words

    • Your personal statement should explicitly state if you are seeking to concentrate in (a) Human Resources or (b) Labor, Work, and Society.

    • Your statement should clearly articulate your research interests and the particular topic or issues on which you anticipate focusing.

    • We also highly recommend that you assess the match between your personal interests and faculty research strengths and include this information in your personal statement.

    • It is typically best to focus your personal statement on the above points, and not devote significant space to describing your general motivations for pursuing a Ph.D.

  • GRE or GMAT test scores-within the last 5 years

  • TOEFL score if non-native English speaker- within last 5 years

  • Resume

  • Application Fee

  • Optional Requirements: A writing sample is highly recommended (especially a Master's or Honors thesis if completed)

Additional Application Information

In the Rutgers Index of Graduate Programs we are listed as: Industrial Relations and Human Resources.

The Program Number is 16545.

Hard copies of admission materials should be sent directly to the Graduate School New Brunswick at:

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Graduate School - New Brunswick
56 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 848-932-7711
Fax: 732-932-8231