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MSIR Admissions


The MSIR program is interdisciplinary in nature and no specific undergraduate major is required. Course work in computer science, labor economics, statistics, and business disciplines is helpful. To gain admission into the Master of Science in Industrial Relations program, an applicant must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Overall grade point average is considered with additional attention given to the grade point average achieved in the last sixty hours of coursework. Admission to the program is highly competitive and total enrollment is limited to approximately 40 students per year.

Applicants without the prerequisite coursework may complete the WVU MSIR Ivy Software courses instead. 

Application Process

Applicants must be admitted to WVU as a graduate student using 2149 as the major code.

  1. Enter the WVU Application portal.

  2. Once an account has been created, applicants can edit the application at their discretion. Please complete all questions asked. When selecting a start term, choose ‘fall.’

  3. Upload an up-to-date resume and a one-page statement of purpose, explaining your interest in the MBA program, how the program will help you to reach your career goals and any additional information which may help our faculty to understand your candidacy.  

  4. Request 2-3 letters of recommendation through the online portal. Individual letters should not exceed one page:  We recommend that your reference provide some information that is not found in the other materials being submitted. Topics with regards to your ability to work with others, your discipline and ambition, leadership potential, etc. should be addressed.  Your reference letter(s) should cover aptitudes necessary for your success in the program to which you are applying.

  5. Pay application fee and submit the application.

  6. Applicants will then need to send their transcripts to WVU's Office of Admissions. If the applicants undergraduate school offers "e-script" (an official electronic copy of transcripts), email the transcripts to . This will help expedite the admissions process. If they do not offer this service, please have your official transcripts mailed to: 

               West Virginia University Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment  

               PO Box 6510  

               Morgantown, WV 26506-6510

For applicants submitting GMAT/GRE scores, the program GMAT code is C26-6D-25 or 5904 for GRE.  GRE is preferred. The GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better from an accredited institution may petition the Admissions Committee to have their GMAT/GRE scores waived for the application.  

International Students are required to submit at TOEFL or IELTS score. Required for international students. The Chambers College of Business and Economics TOEFL requirement is higher than the University's - applicants must have a TOEFL score of either 580 (paper prior to July 27) or 68 (paper after July 27), 237 (computer), or 92 (Internet-based). If you have taken the IELTS instead of the TOEFL, the minimum score must be 6.5. English language exam scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions, West Virginia University, PO Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26506-6009 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis once all parts of the application are received including transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation. Applications received after March 1 will be reviewed based on available space in the class.


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