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The School of Industrial Relations (ÉRI)

The School of Industrial Relations at the Université de Montréal (École de relations industrielles de l'Université de Montréal or ÉRI) is one of the major centres for the study of work and employment in North America. ÉRI brings together specialists in the areas of human resources management, labour relations, labour law, labour economics, public policies on work and employment, occupational health and safety, and comparative employment relations.

The teaching faculty is made up of 26 professors and around 20 sessional or part-time adjunct staff who teach specific courses depending on the program and semester. Programs are offered at undergraduate and graduate levels for full-time and part-time students and practitioners.

A 3-year specialist undergraduate program in industrial relations covers a wide range of specialist courses in all of the major areas of our field of study and also includes a compulsory 1-term internship in the third year of study. Recent innovations include an enhanced international option for a semester of specialist studies in partner university industrial relations and human resources management programs.

ÉRI offers a range of graduate programs. These include a 2-year (45-credit) specialist MA program featuring thesis, research project, and professional placement streams, 2 (30-credit) advanced graduate diplomas in industrial relations and occupational health and safety, and 6 advanced certificate (15-credit short graduate program) in law and work, management of diversity, strategic HRM, dynamics of labour relations, health and wellness at work, and international perspectives on industrial relations. All these programs are for part-time or full-time students and they can be combined (e.g. from a short graduate program to a 30-credit diploma or to a MA), drawing on a common core of 30 specialized courses in the major areas of employment and industrial relations (human resource management, labour relations, labour law, labour economics, occupational health and safety, comparative employment relations, etc.).

There is also an active PhD program covering a full range of course work, comprehensive exams in specialist fields, a thesis project and a completed doctoral thesis. Students in this program are fully integrated into a number of internationally recognized research programs initiated by ÉRI staff.

The School also organizes an annual International Summer School (advanced studies in labour, HR and employment relations) with intensive courses taught in English over 5 weeks in July and August. These courses are meant for both senior undergraduate and graduate students, with a particular focus on international students coming through exchanges with partner programs. It is possible to take 2 of the 3 courses during the period from mid-July to mid-August in the dynamic urban setting of Montréal.

In terms of research, the School of Industrial Relations stands out for its research grants, publications, and scientific outreach. Research units linked to the School include a major research center (Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la mondialisation et le travail [CRIMT]), a research institute (Institut Michael D. Penner sur les enjeux environnementaux, sociaux et de gouvernance), two observatory (Observatoire sur la santé et le mieux-être au travail and Observatoire Banque Scotia en innovation du développement durable), and two research chairs (Chaire BMO – Diversité et gouvernance and MYRIAGONE – Chaire McConnell-Université de Montréal en mobilisation des connaissances jeunesse).