The MHRLR Program does not have a deadline to apply for admission.  We accept applications on a continuous basis for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.  For international applicants who must apply for a student visa, we recommend completing your application four months prior to the start of the semester (i.e. April 30th for Fall admission).

Admissions Process


Complete the UWM Graduate School Application for the MHRLR program.

Your application will be complete once you have provided the following items:


Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application.  International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English.  Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts. There is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review.

If you are admitted, the Graduate School will request official copies of your transcripts.

Statement of Reasons for Graduate Study

An essential part of your application, this is used to determine the appropriateness of your educational and professional goals and serves as an example of your ability to express yourself in writing. In the statement:

  • explain your reasons for pursing graduate study;
  • describe specific interests and your background in the field;
  • list any relevant skills or training your have acquired;
  • list relevant academic awards or honors you have received; and
  • list the names of individuals who will send recommendations on your behalf.

Application Fee

A $75 base application fee is required of all applicants.

Test Requirements

The GRE or GMAT is recommended but not required for admission. If you have taken either test, we encourage you to provide us with your scores. Your results will be considered as supplemental academic information and may help strengthen your application.

Letters of Recommendation

We require two professional or academic references from people who know your ability to perform graduate level work and/or your commitment to and interest in human resource management and labor relations.

Please use the online system for letters of recommendation through the University’s application.

International Students – Language Requirements

If you did not receive your undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the primary method of instruction, we require TOEFL scores. The minimum score requirement for admission is a score equivalent to the internet based TOEFL test score of 80 or above with section scores of at least 20 on all four sections (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing).

Prerequisite Courses

The MHRLR Program has two prerequisite courses: Principles of Microeconomics and Introductory Statistics. All students in the program are required to have passed both courses with a grade of B- (B minus) or better, either prior to admission or within three semesters of active enrollment.