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Industrial Relations

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.

Career Profile

Graduates enjoy successful placement in a diverse group of high-quality employers and economic sectors. Recent graduates have accepted challenging positions with national firms such as Bechtel Corporation, General Electric, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo, PPG Industries, Westinghouse, Eaton, Dow Chemical, Shell, Marathon Petroleum and more.

The public sector also finds great value in the WVU MSIR, with students going to the United Way, WVU Department of Human Resources, Department of the Navy, and the Federal Mediation Conciliation Service.

The consulting arena has sought graduates with recent placements at Accenture, Mercer Consulting, Helios HR, Towers Watson and Korn-Ferry International.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose

Additional Application Information

- Only 1 letter of recommendation is required, however up to 3 letters of recommendation will be accepted.

Program Application Test Requirements

GRE or GMAT - Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 of higher can request an entrance exam waiver.

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

August 1

Spring Deadline


Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The College of Business and Economics is AACSB accredited, and has been for over 60 years. Only 5% of business schools globally receive this distinction.

Faculty Profile

Thomas Zeni. Ph.D.

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