In August, LER welcomed twenty students to the inaugural cohort of the online MHRIR program. The cohort includes a diverse and experienced group of working professionals from long-standing corporate partners like Boeing and Cargill, in addition to professionals in non-profit, consulting, and higher education institutions. Enrolled students exceeded our very high expectation with an average of 8 years of experience in human resources and related business functions.
The online program extends LER’s internationally recognized graduate program to a broadened audience of HR professionals and future leaders. Students attend courses from across the nation and internationally as they travel for work. Our continued collaboration with the Illinois Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning allows us to transform the courses LER faculty teach in the classroom and deliver them globally.
With the success of the first cohort, prospective students are welcomed to apply Fall 2016 admissions. Prospective students should apply by July 1, 2015, to start the program in Fall 2016.
“The University of Illinois' School of Labor and Employment Relations is recognized internationally. When I heard that the program was being offered online, I was excited for the opportunity to experience the program virtually, expand my network of HR professionals, work with distinguished faculty, and enhance my knowledge of Labor and Employment Relations. I am looking forward to continuing through the program!” said Annette Gorzelany, current online student and HR Generalist at Boeing.
The online program provides an additional benefit to LER alumni through continuing education and professional development opportunities. Alumni are invited to enroll in LER online courses starting in the Spring 2016 semester. For more information, visit go.illinois.edu/LERonline or reach out to Katherine Eriksen, Online Program Coordinator.