Department website: http://www.be.wvu.edu/msir
- Master of Science in Industrial Relations
The Department of Management offers the Master of Science in Industrial Relations (M.S.I.R.). The AACSB-accredited program of study prepares students for professional positions in human resources (employee relations) and labor relations. The curriculum is aligned with the standards set forth by the Society of Human Resource Management.
Entry-level professional opportunities for M.S.I.R. graduates include such positions as human resource business partner, human resource manager, labor relations specialist, training coordinator, talent acquisition specialist, compensation analyst, and benefits administrator. Other positions include opportunities in government such as National Labor Relations Board Field Examiner, entry-level positions with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, state and local Human Rights Commission representatives, and Department of Labor compliance officers. Many graduates are employed by Fortune 500 companies. Some find positions with organized labor, all levels of government, and advocacy organizations. The department, in conjunction with the College of Business and Economics Center for Career Development, makes a concerted effort to place graduates in positions that fulfill student job objectives.
Industrial Relations Student Association (IRSA) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Students are encouraged to participate in academic-related extracurricular activities. Many are co-sponsored by the Industrial Relations Student Association including: the IRSA Newsletter, the mentorship program, company site visits, guest speakers, community service efforts, social events, and honors banquets. Outstanding academic achievement is recognized by membership in the Industrial Relations Honor Society. The faculty makes Outstanding IR Student awards annually to persons selected on the basis of scholarship, informal leadership, and extracurricular activities. A student SHRM chapter is operational within the College of Business and Economics and is an additional student-centered organization that emphasizes the career specialties of the M.S.I.R. degree.
Academic Common Market
The WVU M.S.I.R. program is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Academic Common Market program. Residents of Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, and Virginia who are admitted to the M.S.I.R. program can currently pay tuition at West Virginia University’s in-state (resident) rates. See http://www.sreb.org for more information.
Chair, Department of Management
- Abhishek Srivastava - Ph.D. (University of Maryland, College Park)
Leadership, Team effectiveness, and Knowledge sharing
- Jeffery D. Houghton - Ph.D. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University)
International HRM, Organizational Behavior, Self Leadership, Team Processes
Teaching Associate Professor
- Suzanne Gosden Kitchen - Ed.D. (West Virginia University)
Human Capital Management, EEO, Training and Development
Teaching Assistant Professor
- Thomas Zeni - Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma, Norman)
Training and Development, Organizational Change
Executive in Residence
- Bill Hutchinson - M.S.I.R. (West Virginia University)
Collective Bargaining, Performance Management, Compensation and Benefits
- Neil Bucklew - Ph.D.
- Randyl Elkins - Ph.D.
- Tina Parton - M.S.I.R.
Benefits, HR Strategy
- Jon Reed - J.D.
- Kellyn Smith - M.S.I.R.
- Mark Sullivan - M.S.I.R.
The M.S.I.R. degree is interdisciplinary in nature and no specific undergraduate major is required. Coursework in computer science, labor economics, statistics, and business disciplines is helpful. To gain admission into the M.S.I.R. program, an applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Overall grade point average is considered with additional attention given to the grade point average achieved in the last sixty hours of coursework. Either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is required. No action is taken on an application for admission until a GRE or GMAT score is submitted. International students must also submit a satisfactory TOEFL score.
Applicants must also send additional supportive material: a personal statement of purpose addressing their desire and reasons for applying, a minimum of two reference letters, and a professional resume of their educational and occupational experiences.
The M.S.I.R. program accepts applications for fall (August) admission only. The application deadline is March 15. Later applications, while acceptable, may diminish the chances for admission due to the graduate class being filled. Because no admission decision can be made without the applicant’s GRE/GMAT score being submitted, applicants should keep in mind the GRE/GMAT test schedule. Students applying to the M.S.I.R. program should attempt to complete the GRE/GMAT by no later than March 1.
Industrial Relations Master of Science Degree Program Requirements
|A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in all courses *|
|A grade of C or higher must be earned in all required courses|
|ILR 505||Employment Law||3|
|ILR 506||Performance Management||3|
|ILR 508||Organizational Change and Renewal||3|
|ILR 509||Talent Acquisition||3|
|ILR 511||Human Capital Management||3|
|ILR 515||Business Acumen-HR Managers||3|
|ILR 520||Human Resource Information Systems||3|
|ILR 522||International Industrial Relations||3|
|ILR 530||Compensation Issues||3|
|ILR 534||Work Group Dynamics and Leadership||3|
|ILR 544||Benefits Management||3|
|ILR 546||Training and Development||3|
|ILR 548||Strategic Management for Human Resources||3|
|ILR 562||Labor Relations||3|
|ILR 571||Human Resource/Industrial Relations Practicum 1||1|
|ILR 572||Human Resource/Industrial Relations Practicum 2||1|
|ILR 573||Human Resource/Industrial Relations Practicum 3||1|
|ILR 574||Human Resource/Industrial Relations Practicum 4||1|
|ILR 589||MS - Industrial and Labor Relations Internship||3|
|Select two electives from the following||6|
|Conflict Management Processes|
|Collective Bargaining Practice|
|Introduction to Decision Analysis|
The M.S.I.R. program requires that the student maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 on all work taken as a graduate student while enrolled in the College of Business and Economics. In addition, the student must maintain a 3.0 average in all work counting toward the graduate degree. A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.75 will be placed on probation. If the student’s average is not brought up to 2.75 by the end of the following semester, the student will be suspended from the program. A grade below C in more than one course taken while enrolled as a graduate student will result in suspension from the program.
Suggested Plan of Study
Two-Year Course of Study: (forty-eight credit hours including fourteen core courses and *two electives)
*Select one elective each semester or term.
|Ivy League Modules (Summer 1 - on-line- if no prior business education)|
|Total credit hours: 0|
|ILR 511||3||ILR 506||3||ILR 589||3|
|ILR 505||3||ILR 509||3|
|ILR 562||3||ILR 522||3|
|ILR 534||3||ILR 515||3|
|ILR 571||1||ILR 572||1|
|ILR 508||3||ILR 530||3|
|ILR 520||3||ILR 546||3|
|ILR 544||3||ILR 548||3|
|ILR 573||1||ILR 574||1|
|MANG 426 or ILR 507||3||ILR 581 (or ILR 593)||3|
|Total credit hours: 55|
1 Year Master of Science in Industrial Relations Dual Degree Option
Some graduates with a J.D., M.B.A., or other business-related master's degree from a US institution may apply to complete the M.S.I.R. degree program in one year. Not all applicants will be approved for the one-year option, but each application will be evaluated individually by the Admissions Committee. Combining study for the M.S.I.R. and the M.B.A. degrees is another option available to qualified candidates. Students need to apply separately for admission to each program. A plan of study will be created for any student admitted in the dual degree option.
Major Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Goals
Goal 1: The HR Functional Environment
Graduates acquire knowledge and skills in basic HR functional areas that prepare them for their future careers in human resources management and industrial relations and related fields
1.1 Selection, Performance Management, and Training and Development.. Graduates are able to participate and lead in the selection processes in their organizations as well as in the measurement of performance of the human asset and the identification of training and development activities either to enhance performance or correct deficiencies in the output of human assets.
1.2 Compensation and Benefits. Graduates are able to establish and maintain equitable compensation programs and associated benefits and insurance in their organizations. Graduates are familiar with and able to impact organizational economics through the development, modification, and implementation of compensation systems and benefit plan design and administration.
Goal 2: The Current Global Environment
Graduates have capabilities and knowledge relating to current HR/IR trends, both domestically and internationally, that prepare them for their future careers in human resources management and related fields.
2.1 International HR/IR and Understanding Cultural Differences. Graduates are able to apply human resource and industrial relations functional tools in an international context based on a detailed comprehension of the economic, social and moral ramifications of globalization and cultural differences.
2.2 Management of Change, Current Trends, and Technologies. Graduates are able to participate in managing change processes within their organizations and to apply knowledge of current events, trends and developments in the human resources profession and in the overall business environment, including contemporary information systems and associated technologies, in order to solve problems and perform functions commonly encountered in human resource management.
Goal 3: The Employee and Labor Relations Environment
Graduates acquire knowledge and skills in employee and labor relations that prepare them for their careers in human resources management and industrial relations and related fields.
3.1 Management of Conflict. Graduates are able to use foundational knowledge of individual behavior and interpersonal relations in order to successfully manage and resolve conflict through processes such as mediation and facilitation.
3.2 Negotiation. Graduates are able to demonstrate effective negotiating capacities and competencies in win-win and position bargaining in general and specifically in labor relations. Students are effective advocates in labor relations, mediation, alternate dispute resolution, employee/management concerns and disputes.
Goal 4: The Legal and Ethical Environment
Graduates develop comprehensive knowledge and skill in the areas of employment law and ethical decision making.
4.1 Legal and Ethical Decision Making. Graduates are able to successfully implement the procedural and substantive aspects of labor and employment law in making ethical decisions and taking ethical actions that reflect a standard of professional behavior and values within their organizations. Employment law principles are embedded in each of the major course offerings to insure a solid fact-based application of legal practices, precedents, and contemporary interpretations.
Goal 5: The Strategic Environment
Graduates develop knowledge and skills in strategic decision making, leadership, teamwork and communications
5.1 Strategic Decision Making. Graduates are able to participate in and support strategic decision-making in human resources, industrial relations and beyond. Students are knowledgeable in the use and application of strategic planning tools and techniques and are aware of the economic and social impact of strategic business decisions.
5.2 Leadership, Teamwork and Communication. Graduates possess leadership and teamwork skills and abilities and are able to effectively communicate recommendations to management and other constituencies, orally and in writing.
ILR 505. Employment Law. 3 Hours.
Survey of relationship. Examines laws regulating hiring, job employment at will, layoffs and termination. opportunity, discrimination, affirmative action, sexual the legal principles guiding the employer-employee harassment, wages, benefits, privacy right, health, safety,.
ILR 506. Performance Management. 3 Hours.
ILR 507. Conflict Management Processes. 3 Hours.
industry practices, and specific techniques for productive channeling of conflict. Significant experiential component.
ILR 508. Organizational Change and Renewal. 3 Hours.
change process, including employee involvement, empowerment, Organizational evolution as a result of multiple high performance organizations, process consulting, and goal.
ILR 509. Talent Acquisition. 3 Hours.
Theoretical, practical, models, employment testing, statistical analysis, legal.
ILR 511. Human Capital Management. 3 Hours.
Overview of many to all practicing managers and future leaders. examined from both a strategic and tactical level relevant.
ILR 515. Business and Human Resource Integration. 3 Hours.
PR: Enrollment in the MSIR program or permission of the.
ILR 520. Human Resource Information Systems. 3 Hours.
Use of computers for human resource management; HRIS planning, development and implementation, evaluating.
ILR 522. International Industrial Relations. 3 Hours.
Analyzes the human resource and labor relations.
ILR 525. HR Analytics. 3 Hours.
PR: Enrollment in MSIR program students with quantitative and statistical techniques used organizational goals. Students will work with databases, or permission of instructor. This course introduces utilization, support employee development, and maximize quantitative techniques related to human resource (HR) management. The primary objective is to expose and equip collection of data, statistical packages, data.
ILR 530. Compensation Issues. 3 Hours.
Seminar compensation theory and practice. Topic areas will include labor supply, wage theory, legal constraints, motivation, compensation structure and administration. equity theory, organizational development as well as.
ILR 534. Work Group Dynamics and Leadership. 3 Hours.
including training and other human relations programs. Small group or individual research on topics related to leadership and group dynamics in the work environment.
ILR 537. Practicum in Industrial Interviewing. 3 Hours.
employment interviewing and other types of interviewing.
ILR 540. Arbitration Theory and Practice. 3 Hours.
PR: Consent. evidence, remedies, training and education of arbitrators, arbitrate mock cases.
ILR 543. Negotiation Strategy. 3 Hours.
Theory and practice of both principled negotiations and position.
ILR 544. Benefits Management. 3 Hours.
Considers employee benefits from the perspective of the industrial relations specialist who is responsible for articulating and.
ILR 545. Equal Employment Opportunity. 3 Hours.
ILR 546. Training and Development. 3 Hours.
Survey of the and practical approach to designing and conducting training.
ILR 548. Strategic Management for Human Resources. 3 Hours.
ILR 549. Advanced Strategic Management. 3 Hours.
This is a case-based course. Case analyses and discussion will focus on the concepts of strategy creation, organization alignment strategy implementation and strategy leverage.
ILR 562. Labor Relations. 3 Hours.
historical environment, labor law, unionization, contract resolution, grievance handling, and an introduction to Examination of the theory and practice of labor relations and collective bargaining. Topics include economic and arbitration.
ILR 571. Human Resource/Industrial Relations Practicum 1. 1 Hour.
PR: Enrollment in the MS Industrial Relations (e.g., teambuilding, diversity issues). hour courses that offers practicum experiences, delivers.
ILR 572. Human Resource/Industrial Relations Practicum 2. 1 Hour.
PR: Enrollment in the MS Industrial Relations The second course in a series of four required one credit ILR 572. Human Resource/Industrial Relations Practicum 2. exposure to contemporary topics in the field of HR/IR.
ILR 573. Human Resource/Industrial Relations Practicum 3. 1 Hour.
PR: Enrollment in the MS Industrial Relations ILR 573. Human Resource/Industrial Relations Practicum 3. professional development opportunities and provides exposure (e.g., outsourcing the HR function, HR impact on mergers and acquisitions). to contemporary topics in the field of HR/IR hour courses that offers practicum experiences, delivers.
ILR 574. Human Resource/Industrial Relations Practicum 4. 1 Hour.
PR: Enrollment in the MS Industrial Relations (e.g., anatomy of negotiation, personal finances).
ILR 580. Human Resources Practicum. 3 Hours.
This course offers professional development opportunities through a series of applied seminars taught by practicing.
ILR 581. Collective Bargaining Practice. 3 Hours.
Examination its legal and historical foundation through and including a experience in Labor Relations when actually employed. simulated full contract negotiation similar to what students.
ILR 589. MS - Industrial and Labor Relations Internship. 3 Hours.
ILR 590. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.
PR: Consent. when they are given college teaching responsibility. assistantships to gain teaching experience. relations. Note: This course in intended to insure that graduate assistants are adequately prepared and supervised Supervised practice in college teaching of industrial labor It will also present a mechanism for students not on (Grading may be P/F.).
ILR 591. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. scheduled courses.
ILR 592. Directed Study. 1-6 Hours.
Directed study, reading, and/or research.
ILR 593. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
A study of contemporary.
ILR 594. Seminar. 1-6 Hours.
Special seminars arranged for.
ILR 595. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.
Faculty supervised offerings.
ILR 691. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly.
ILR 693. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
A study of contemporary.
ILR 695. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.
Faculty-supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.
ILR 696. Graduate Seminar. 1 Hour.
PR: Consent. the assembled faculty and graduate student body of his or.
ILR 697. Research. 1-15 Hours.
PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis, problem report, research paper.
ILR 698. Thesis or Dissertation. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. (698), or dissertations (798). Grading is normal. formal supervision during the writing of student reports This is an optional course for programs that wish to provide.
ILR 699. Graduate Colloquium. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. For graduate students not seeking coursework credit but who programs. Registration for one credit of 699/799 graduate actively involved in coursework or research are entitled, Colloquium to consult with graduate faculty, participate in.