MILR / MBA Dual Degree Program

A joint MILR/MBA degree from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) and Johnson places you in the center of the 21st century workplace.

The dual degree MILR/MBA program from ILR and Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management offers a unique opportunity. Alumni and current students agree that obtaining a joint MILR/MBA from these two highly respected programs at Cornell offers an incredible edge in today's fast changing workplace. The MILR/MBA program will

  • increase your career options
  • develop management and technical skills
  • increase your earning power

Students must apply to and be accepted in both the MILR and MBA programs. 

The dual degree requires a total of 75 credit hours in two and a half years: 2 semesters in ILR and 3 semesters at Johnson.

MILR Requirements

Students must complete the 6 MILR Core courses (18 Credit hours) at the ILR School including Collective Bargaining, Labor and Employment Law, Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences, Organizational Behavior, Labor Economics, and Human Resource Management.

  • ILRLR 5000 Collective Bargaining - A comprehensive introduction to the industrial relations system of the United States. Includes the negotiation, scope, and day-to-day administration of contracts, union and employer bargaining structures, implications of industrial relations issues for U.S. competitiveness and public policy, industrial conflict, and U.S. - industrial relations in an international and comparative perspective.
  • ILRLR 5010 Labor and Employment Law - A survey and analysis of the law governing labor relations and employee rights in the workplace. The first half of the course examines the legal framework in which collective bargaining takes place, including union organizational campaigns, negotiations for and enforcement of collective bargaining agreements, and the use of economic pressure. The second half of the course surveys additional issues of rights in employment, including such topics as employment discrimination, the developing law of "unjust dismissal," and union democracy. Also serves as an introduction to judicial and administrative systems.
  • ILRST 5110 Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences - A second course in statistics that emphasizes applications to the social sciences. Topics include: simple linear regression; multiple linear regression (theory, model building, and model diagnostics); and the analysis of variance. Computer packages are used extensively.
  • ILROB 5200 Organizational Behavior - Survey of concepts, theories, and research from the fields of organizational and social psychology as these relate to the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. Job attitudes, motivation, performance, leadership and power, group formation, perception, and organizational climate. A preliminary course for advanced work in organizational behavior.
  • ILRLE 5400 Labor Economics - A course in labor market economics for prospective managers in the corporate, union, and governmental sectors. The course begins with demand and supply in labor markets, presenting the tools of decision analysis for workers and firms. It then goes on to consider various topics for managers including deciding on the optimal mix of capital and labor to employ, attracting and retaining talent, pay and productivity, hiring and training investments, and pensions and retirement. The final section of the course covers other important labor market issues including unemployment, discrimination, poverty and inequality, and analysis of public policies.
  • ILRHR 5600 Human Resource Management - A survey course covering the major areas of the management of human behavior in work organizations. Consideration is given to aspects of strategic human resource management such as staffing, training and development, performance management, compensation, and employee relations. Emphasis is on exploring these issues from both strategic and tactical levels to increase organizational effectiveness.

MILR Elective Requirement

12 elective credit hours that may be taken in any course approved by the candidate's advisor at the ILR school.

MBA Requirements

Johnson core courses are taken from seven key areas: Financial Accounting, Statistics for Management, Microeconomics for Management, Marketing Management, Managing and Leading in Organizations, Strategy, Managerial Finance and Managing Operations.

  • 20 credit hours of core MBA courses
  • 25 credit hours of elective MBA courses

Visit Johnson's website for more information regarding the MBA application process and degree requirements.


In summary, a candidate for the MILR/MBA Dual Degrees must successfully complete:

  • 18 credit hours of MILR Core Courses (6 courses)
  • 20 credit hours of core MBA courses
  • 25 credit hours of elective MBA courses
  • 12 credit hours of elective MILR courses

for a total of 75 credit hours.

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