"The Master’s program in Industrial Relations was certainly an excellent experience. It helped me focus and develop my priorities. One of the most exciting pieces for me over the years has been the alumni network. The network of resources and contacts that has been available since graduation has been very valuable. I’ve been able to gather and share ideas on a number of occasions and I’ve worked even with several of my classmates.”
Lori Stewart, M.I.R., 1995
The Master of Industrial Relations degree program is aimed at developing the knowledge and competencies that human resources and labour relations professionals need. The MIR provides students with:
- A thorough grounding in labour relations and human resource practice;
- An understanding of evolving employment relationships and of organizational dynamics;
- An understanding of the fundamentals of the laws governing the individual employment relationship and the collective bargaining relationship;
- The capacity to collect and analyze data on current workplace issues and interpret research in the field;
- The skills 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 Queen’s MIR program attracts new graduates as well as career employees wishing to upgrade their credentials. The Interuniversity Negotiations Exercise and access to the Industrial Relations Centre Professional Development program allow you to sharpen your skills and make contacts that will help you launch your career. We have exchange agreements with Fudan University in China. Our M.I.R./J.D. students may choose to study at Herstmonceux Castle in England.
Career paths – employment opportunities
Major employers include:
- Air Canada
- The Gap
- BC Nurses Union
- Government of Ontario
- Imperial Oil
- Irving Oil
- City of Ottawa Association
- Canada Post
- Proctor & Gamble, among others
M.I.R.: 10-12 months, full time
M.I.R./J.D.: 3-3.5 years + an additional year for articling
Professional M.I.R.: Part-time option on weekends, September – April and one week in May and June, for professionals with a minimum of 3 years of HR/Labour Relations experience.
Method of Completion
Course work, seminars
The Queen’s MIR program is delivered by faculty renowned for their contributions to cutting edge reserach and teaching. Core full-time faculty include:
- 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
- Vincent Pohl: Labour and Health Economics
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
- 4-year bachelor’s degree in programs such as commerce, business administration, psychology, sociology, political science, health care, education, kinesiology, public administration. Minimum upper second-class standing and demonstrated evidence of strong academic potential
- We consider your grades over the last two years.
- Statement of Interest
- If your previous degree is from outside Canada, you should submit a GRE or GMAT score.
- For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 600 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.
Key Dates and Deadlines
Application Deadline: March 1 to qualify for awards.
Notification of Acceptance: As early as April.
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