University offers a Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) degree program aimed
at developing the human resource management and labour relations knowledge and
competencies that employment relations professionals need to fulfill their
professional roles. The MIR provides students with:
- a thorough grounding in labour relations and human resource practice;
- an understanding of the fundamentals of the laws governing the individual employment and collective bargaining relationship;
- the capacity to collect and analyze data on current workplace issues and interpret research in the field;
- an understanding of evolving employment relationships and of organizational dynamics;
- essential skill sets for HR/LR professionals (e.g., consulting, facilitation, leadership, coaching, team building and communication).
The purpose of the MIR program is to prepare students for a variety of career opportunities in labour relations, human resources managment, and line management which requires industrial relations and human resource knowledge and skills. Some graduates also establish careers in applied and policy oriented research, non-university teaching and consulting in industrial relations. The program attracts new graduates as well as career employees wishing to renew or upgrade their qualifications.
The philosophical orientation of the program is multi-disciplinary, stressing the application of knowledge and analysis to the employment relationship and workplace. The curriculum consists of both core courses and electives. The core courses provide a thorough grounding in industrial relations and human resources theory and practice. Opportunities for greater specialization are provided through electives and skills seminars. Electives can be selected from within the school or across the range of university graduate offerings with the permission of the MIR Program Director. An elective can also be made up of three analytical and research skills seminars - each of which focuses on a specialized topic and consists of twelve instructional class hours. The program's unique design attracts students with diverse academic and career backgrounds, from across Canada and abroad.