MBA - Master of Science in Human Resources and Industrial Relations 

West Virginia University - College of Business and Economics

Program Description
AACSB Accredited

MBA - Master of Science in Human Resources and Industrial Relations 

West Virginia University - College of Business and Economics

West Virginia University's College of Business and Economics is proud to offer six MBA dual degree programs. The MBA can be paired with an MS in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, MS in Sports Management or an MS in Finance. By coordinating the plans of study students are able to complete two masters degrees within two years.

Students will earn both degrees at the end of the two years since some program curriculum spans both years. Typically, the dual degree program will begin in mid-June with a focus on the MBA during the first year and focus on the second degree in the second year.

In order to participate in the dual degree program, application must be made to both programs separately. Students must satisfy admission requirements of both programs and be admitted to both to participate in a dual degree program. Please click on the corresponding link to the left to find out more about these specific dual degree offerings.

WVU's Top-Ranked MBA Program

West Virginia University’s 14-month accelerated Full-Time MBA program was recently ranked among theTop 100 in the nation byU.S. News & World Report. It is ideal for someone seeking to enhance job opportunities or change careers. Whether your background is in liberal arts, the sciences or business, WVU has a place for you.

The College of Business and Economics firmly believes in the global perspective. In joining WVU's MBA program, you will gain a classroom experience enriched by teamwork with students from across the world - 44% of our current MBA class is comprised of international students from three continents. Additionally, all domestic MBA students participate in a ten-day international trip in Europe or Asia as part of the coursework.

Accredited and Affordable

WVU’s MBA program is accredited by AACSB International, the principal accrediting organization for business schools. Only 5% of business schools worldwide achieve this distinction. WVU’s MBA program is one of the most affordable programs in West Virginia and the country. We offer competitive tuition waivers and scholarships along with subsidizing the cost of the required international trip that you will pursue as part of your program.

A program with an outstanding reputation for imparting employer
Human Resource Management practices

Ours is one of the earliest Human Resources programs established in the United States and is among a very limited number of human resources/industrial relations full-time day programs in the country. Our graduates are excellently positioned for a wide range of management positions, and our program has an exceptional placement record, enhanced significantly by our extensive alumni network and employer base.

A curriculum driven by employer needs

WVU MSIR students graduate able to analyze and solve problems, apply leadership and interpersonal skills, and find efficient and fair ways to balance the needs of employees, employers, and society at large. The curriculum focuses on some of the most important issues in helping today's organizations solve problems: global human resource business partnering, performance management and enhancement, increasing productivity, worker participation, expanding and declining labor markets, and new methods of decision-making in the human resource field.

Students in our MSIR program enjoy a high level of student/faculty interaction as they prepare for work in a variety of functions, including:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Labor Relations
  • Facilitation and Consulting
  • Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • Organizational Development
  • Change Management
  • Training and Development
  • Compensation and Benefits Design
  • Employee Plans Administration
  • Equal Opportunity Compliance
  • Human Resources Consulting

Global focus

The MSIR curriculum incorporates a strong international emphasis. All domestic MSIR students will participate in a two week study abroad experience in Europe at the end of the first year. The students visit many European companies and experience the difference of Human Resources in a global economy. In addition, students have the option to choose the Global Track focus and study abroad a whole semester at the University of Strasbourg in France.

A richly diverse student body

Students in our program come from a wide range of backgrounds. They may have undergraduate degrees in psychology, business, sociology, history, political science, communications, engineering, and many other fields.

Active co-curricular activities to enhance learning

MSIR students can participate in a wide variety of co-curricular learning opportunities. Many are co-sponsored by the Industrial Relations Student Association (IRSA), Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) and the MSIR department. These include speakers and workshops, internships, social events, and honor banquets. Students have numerous opportunities to forge friendships, build leadership skills, and receive personal guidance from a formal alumni mentor process. Corporate sponsors of practicum events include firms such as Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Westinghouse, PPG, Nestle Waters,, Marathon, Honeywell, Dow, and General Electric.

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  • English

Last updated November 2, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept., 2016
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept., 2016
USA Morgantown, West Virginia
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