SMLR PhD Program

Admissions - Ph.D. Program

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. The deadline for receipt of application materials is February 1st. Decisions are made by April 15th for initial enrollment in the following fall semester. You can learn more about the application process, and can apply online.

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

  • 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)

  • 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.

Additional Application Information:

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

Number of Program 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