School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Professional Masters in Industrial Relations



"The PMIR program allows me to immerse myself in labour relations and human resources management, both subjects I am passionate about. The program provides the opportunity to enhance existing skills and gain advanced management techniques that can be directly applied to my current workplace. The new skills and knowledge gained also enhances my aspirations of future career advancement.”

Leanne Deodato, 2010


Program Contact

Anne-Marie Bergman
Program Administrator
Master of Industrial Relations
Faculty of Arts & Science
138 Union Street
Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext. 77319


Program Overview

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.


  • A multidisciplinary program that provides relevant, practical and leading-edge knowledge that can be applied immediately to the workplace
  • Core courses in Human Resources Management, Organizational Theory and Design, Labour Law, and Labour Relations
  • An advanced and innovative educational experience with faculty who are leading scholars and prominent policy advisors
  • An accomplished and diverse group of colleagues
  • A flexible class schedule that allows students to combine full-time work with part-time graduate studies
Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

Professional Master of Industrial Relations (MIR): 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.

Method of Completion

  • Course work, seminars, directed studies.
Fields of study and Supervisors

Queen’s Professional Master of Industrial Relations boasts a full-time faculty whose members are renowned for their commitment to innovative teaching and advancement of scholarship. This combination of excellence in teaching, research and practice provides for stimulating learning.

  • 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
  • Jacob Lilius: Organizational implications of high-quality workplace relationships, occupational stress and emotional labour, compassion in the workplace, health-care management
  • Bradley Weinberg: Collective bargaining and labour relations, labour policy, conflict resolution
Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Academic Prerequisites

  • Domestic citizenship or permanent residency status
  • 4-year bachelor’s Canadian honour degree (or equivalent) in any discipline.*
  • Minimum upper second-class standing (B+/GPA 3.3), in both of the last two years of study, and demonstrated evidence of strong academic potential
  • Minimum of full-time work experience related to human resources and/or labour relations
  • Statement of Interest
  • 2 Academic (where possible) or Professional supervisory references

Applicants with significant, relevant employment experience, with a bachelor's degree of less than four years or less than a B+ standing will be considered on a case by case basis. 

*NOTE:  Applicants who earned their previous degree from a university outside of Canada must submit a GRE (General) or GMAT score as part of their application.

Test Requirements

  • For international students (if required), see the English Language Requirements as outlined in Step 3B in the How To Apply section of the School of Graduate Studies website. 

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: 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.

Learning Outcomes

Grad Maps

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