Graduate Degree Programs

MILR students attending a workshop

The ILR School's unique depth and breadth sets it apart from other programs. No other educational institution has graduate programs in workplace studies that are as comprehensive, or have the number of faculty teaching and doing research on workplace issues in one school. The curriculum is thorough, rigorous and comprehensive, combining experience and theory in innovative ways.

Executive Master of Human Resource Management (EMHRM Online)

Our online Executive Master of Human Resource Management program is ideal for high-potential human resource professionals who have 8+ years of experience. This selective 15-month program will give you the advanced knowledge and skills needed to move into senior HR roles, and enable you to develop and execute human capital strategy on a global scale. The online nature of the coursework allows you to complete the program from anywhere in the world without interrupting your career.

Master of Industrial and Labor Relations (MILR)

Our full-time, on-campus Master of Industrial and Labor Relations (MILR) program is ideal for young, career-driven professionals interested in the human side of organizations and the workplace. The MILR is a 2-year leading degree program in the area of human resources and labor relations. This program will provide you the opportunity to customize your academic experience; acquire relevant and practical knowledge from expert faculty in their fields; and gain access to our employer and alumni networks, who actively recruit our graduates for career placement and advancement.

Doctorate (PhD in Industrial and Labor Relations)

Our PhD program is designed for students interested in pursuing an academic and/or research career. Applicants come from a variety of backgrounds, including undergraduate degrees in economics, mathematics, engineering, sociology, and psychology, among others. The PhD is a selective program that typicall takes 5-6 years to complete, and most graduates assume faculty positions in schools of business or labor relations.

MILR/Master of Business Administration (MILR/MBA)

- a powerful dual-degree offered jointly by the ILR School and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management giving graduates a powerful double credential highly valued by employers. The MILR/MBA offers a unique opportunity for students to gain a competitive edge in today's fast changing, increasingly complex workplace.

MILR/Master in Management ESCP Europe (MILR/MiM)

- a global three year sequential program allowing students the opportunity for an international experience that will advance their career goals and increase their marketability worldwide with degrees from the ILR School and ESCP Europe, including the option to study at 5 fully-integrated campuses in Europe: Paris, London, Madrid, Berlin, and Torino.

Master of Professional Studies in ILR, Ithaca (MPS Ithaca)

- the Ithaca MPS is for practitioners with 8 or more years of work experience and is a 1-year professional degree program designed for individuals who want to expand or advance into a specific competency or upgrade their skills and understanding.

Master of Professional Studies in ILR, New York City (MPS NYC)

The part-time Master of Professional Studies (MPS/NYC) program, with Saturday classes in Midtown Manhattan, offers working professionals the opportunity to study the complex and ever-changing world of work with full-time faculty from Cornell’s main campus—without interrupting your career. Students might be working in human resources, labor relations, the labor movement, law, or consulting, as public sector managers or senior non-profit administrators, but all share an interest in the dynamics of employment and the workplace. Build strong ideas to push your organization to a higher level and discover new directions for your future.

Master of Science track for BSILRs

- available only to current ILR undergraduates desiring to pursue further studies at the masters level in ILR research and academic areas.