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School of Labor & Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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By the Numbers

Illinois is widely known by employers and students as one of the top three programs in the world for human resources and industrial relations.


In 2016-2017, LER students came from 83 undergraduate institutions (40 domestic, 43 international), 55 majors, 16 states, and seven countries. The class was 70% female, 24% minority (15% African American, Latino/a, and Native American; 9% Asian American), and 37.8% International. Thirty-nine percent of the students had a year or more of work experience and the average age at entrance was 24.
Master’s Student Profile

The PhD program typically has 12-15 students enrolled in the doctoral program.
Doctoral Student Profile

New Graduate Salaries

For full-time entry-level hires, the average private sector salary was $78,136. Signing bonuses averaged $7,451. Interns averaged $5,397 per month.
Full Salary Statistics (PDF)

Alumni Network

As of summer 2015, there are over 3,000 alumni employed in more than 30 countries around the world. Among them are senior corporate executives, government officials, HR consultants, union officials, faculty members and university administrators.