Doctoral Program


Priority application deadline is January 1, 2024 for Fall 2024 applicants. For questions, please contact Cheryl Mollitor at

Become the next generation of global scholars


Dear Prospective Doctoral Student:

At MSU, we are deeply committed to training the next generation of human resource and labor relations scholars. Our doctoral program is a key part of our mission to be a global leader in the creation, teaching, and dissemination of knowledge about managing human resources, work, and the employment relationship.

As described more fully herein, as a doctoral student in our program you will:

  • engage in multidisciplinary analyses of complex HRM and labor relations issues
  • be part of a vibrant culture of community and teamwork among faculty and students conducting meaningful, cutting-edge research
  • be closely mentored by highly talented faculty members that match your research interests
  • receive full funding that covers tuition, health insurance, a monthly stipend, and research support for up to 5 years

After reviewing our program and application procedures, please feel free to contact me or other faculty with any questions you might have.

Dr. Chenwei Liao

Chenwei Liao, PhD
Doctoral Program Committee Chair
Associate Professor

School of Human Resources & Labor Relations
South Kedzie Hall
368 Farm Lane, Room S429
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 432-2801