Industrial Relations

The online or on-campus Certificate in Employment Relations is designed as an additional credential to support undergraduate students seeking jobs in labour relations and human resources management.

The Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) degree program is aimed at developing the knowledge and competencies that human resources and labour relations professionals need.

The Professional Master of Industrial Relations (PMIR) degree program is a part-time program for professionals in Labour Relations, Human Resources Management and Organizational Development. This program is designed especially for experienced professionals and managers in the field who wish to gain new skills and knowledge for career advancement. The PMIR provides participants with advanced skills and knowledge to implement solutions to current and emerging workplace issues.

The Master's programs provide students with:

  • A thorough grounding in labour relations and human resources practice;
  • An understanding of evolving employment relationships and organizational dynamics;
  • An understanding 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;
  • The skill set of the new HR/LR professional – consulting, facilitation, leadership, coaching, team building and communication.

The majority of our graduates secure employment before finishing their degrees.

"The interdisciplinary nature of the Master of Industrial Relations Program combined with its commitment to professional development provided a challenging and exciting learning environment.  The reputation of excellence that the MIR program has established is one that employers recognize. The skills I developed and the knowledge I gained through this program not only prepared me for a career in labour relations but helped me to obtain my dream job as a labour relations consultant in a post-secondary institution.” Sarah D'Alton, B.A.(Hon), M.I.R., Consultant. Employee & Labour Relations

"The MIR/JD program has provided me with the opportunity to supplement my legal studies with further understanding of human resources management, collective agreement administration and labour relations. The added bonus of interacting with high quality professional students allows me to broaden my knowledge and maintain personal relationships for future years." Ryan Plener, M.I.R./ J.D. candidate

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Richard Chaykowski
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Anne-Marie Bergman

Undergraduate Certificate in Employment Relations

The online or on-campus Certificate in Employment Relations is designed as an additional credential to support those seeking entry level jobs in labour relations and human resources management. Students will be introduced to the theory, policy and legal frameworks behind the employment relationship, and how these can be applied to assess workplace challenges and problems.

Delivery Mode: Online or on-campus

Number of Units: 15 units (3-5 courses)

Open to:

  • Current Arts and Science students (online or on-campus)
  • Current Engineering, Business, Health Science students
  • Alumni
  • Future Queen's students


Current Arts and Science (online or on-campus) Students

Current Arts and Science (on-campus or online) Students Simply send an email  to the Student Services Team in Arts and Science and they will get it added to your student account.

Current Engineering, Business, Health Science Students

Simply send an email to the Student Services Team in Arts and Science and they will get it added to your student account.

Part-time, Off-campus, Future Queen's Students

If you aren't a Queen's student (yet) but would like to take the Employment Relations Certificate, it is available online, part-time through Arts and Science Online. Click here to apply.

Queen's Alumni

If you are a former Queen's undergraduate student, or if you have earned an undergraduate degree from Queen's, please request your Certificate by filling out the Return to Studies Form found here.

Graduate Degree Options

M.I.R.: 10-12 months, full time

M.I.R./J.D.: 3-3.5 years + an additional year for articling

PMIR: There are two "semesters" in the Professional MIR program academic year; Fall/Winter (Sept-February) and summer (May-June). Eleven courses are required for degree completion and the normal course load per semester is two courses. Students attend classes Thursday - Sunday from September to February and for two non concurrent weeks in summer semester. The Professional MIR program will normally take about 30-36 months to complete. For 2019-2020, Fall/Winter classes will be held in Toronto, and summer classes will be held on Queen’s campus.

Faculty and Areas of Research

Richard Chaykowski: Labour policy, labour relations and collective bargaining, organizational and workplace practices

Glenda Fisk: Employee entitlement, emotion regulation and stress in service occupations, workplace fairness issues

Robert Hickey: Labour unions, collective bargaining and labour relations, negotiations, conflict management

Deborah Leighton: Arbitration and mediation

Jacoba Lilius: Organizational implications of high-quality workplace relationships, occupational stress and emotional labour, compassion in the workplace, health-care management

Bradley Weinberg: Collective bargaining relationships

Graduate Funding & Deadlines

Funding for the MIR

Student are invited to apply for internal (see below) and external awards  for which they are eligible including Ontario Graduate Scholarship and SSHRC scholarships. Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 top-up award by Queen’s.

All applicants will be considered for the following internal awards:

  • Clarence J. Hicks Fellowship in Industrial Relations
  • Don Wood Fellowship in Industrial Relations
  • Cameron-Wood Prize
  • H. Carl Goldenberg Fellowship
  • Robert Grant Fellowship
  • Lia Dower Memorial Award
  • Frank Collom Memorial Graduate Award

Key Dates and Deadlines

MIR Application Deadline: March 1 to qualify for awards.
MIR Notification of Acceptance: As early as April.

PMIR Applications and Notification of Acceptance: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the school year; however the suggested deadline for the fall/winter semester is June 1st, and March 15th for the summer semester. Acceptance to the program occurs on a rolling basis.