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Undergraduate program

The School of Industrial Relations offers the Bachelor of Industrial Relations, a program based on new labour market realities, issues and needs.

The 1st year is devoted to basic courses in:

  • Industrial relations
  • Human resources management
  • Sociology of work
  • Statistics and research methods
  • Labour law
  • Organizational management
  • Economic analysis
  • Industrial psychology
  • Organizational behaviour

In the 2nd year, courses focus more specifically on the different areas of industrial relations:

  • Human resources management
  • Labour relations
  • Government policies

In the 3rd year, students specialize, taking optional courses examining certain issues in industrial relations and professional practice.
In the final term of the 3rd year, students are required to complete an internship in a professional setting, to help launch their careers.
There is a choice of 2 options in the 3rd year, with a mention on the diploma: Honours or International.

Visit our French website for more information about the Bachelor of Industrial Relations (Baccalauréat en relations industrielles).

Job outlook

Most students in the School of Industrial Relations (ÉRI) enter the labour market as soon as they have completed their undergraduate degree.

Given their excellent training, ÉRI graduates are off to a great start.

According to the latest survey by the Quebec Ministry of Higher Education, nearly 95% of graduates with a bachelor of industrial relations obtain employment most often related to their education.

This program also prepares graduates to cope with changes in the workplace and in organizations, and readies them for a career path with increasing professional responsibility.

ÉRI graduates work for many different private, public and parapublic firms and organizations. For example, they hold such positions as:

  • Human resources management advisor
  • Human resources, recruitment, selection, training and compensation advisor
  • Labour relations advisor
  • Union advisor
  • Research officer
  • Socioeconomic planning officer
  • Occupational health and safety advisor or inspector
  • Equal access advisor
  • Evaluation and research advisor

They perform a wide variety of tasks, including:

  • Selecting candidates, staffing and hiring
  • Creating job classification and compensation systems
  • Designing training programs
  • taking part in collective bargaining and grievance settlement
  • Applying collective agreements and work rules
  • Analyzing arbitral jurisprudence and collective agreement clauses
  • Developing and administering occupational health and safety programs
  • Planning workforce needs
  • Planning and managing careers
  • Managing employment equity programs
  • Analyzing work-related legislation and policies
  • Applying this legislation and these policies
  • Advising on and developing work-related legislation and policies.

Graduates of the ÉRI Bachelor of Industrial Relations program may apply to be automatically accepted as members of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines et en relations industrielles agréés du Québec. They may choose one of the 2 reserved professional titles: Certified Industrial Relations Counsellor or Certified Human Resources Professional. They also have automatic access to the title of Chartered Administrator granted by the Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec.


The Université de Montréal is a French-language institution. This English website contains only the most frequently consulted pages from our French website. 
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Student association (in French)

Frequently asked questions (in French)