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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 2014-2015, master’s students came from 108 undergraduate institutions (58 domestic and 50 international), 62 majors, 25 states and 8 countries. The class was 71% female, 29% minority and 33% international. Forty percent had at least one year of work experience, and average age 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 $77,310. Signing bonuses averaged $7,694. Interns averaged $5,166 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.