Douglas Kruse, Director
The Ph.D. in industrial relations and human resources (I.R.H.R.) is an interdisciplinary program committed to developing scholars capable of studying the dynamic and changing conditions of employment and work. The program prepares students to conduct research that contributes to the advancement of knowledge and practice in the fields of industrial relations and human resource management.
The doctoral program is designed for full-time students. Part-time students will be considered under special circumstances. Our goal is to qualify students for future employment as college or university faculty or for positions in other research institutions. Students who are interested in other types of career paths (e.g., consulting, human resources specialist for large organizations) should apply for admission to the master of labor and employment relations and/or the master of human resource management.