Graduate Admissions

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The ILR School is the premier institution for the study of employment and workplace issues. We were the first school to develop a graduate degree program in this field and our advanced degrees are considered among the best in the world. ILR is recognized internationally by the International Labor Organization, the European Union, international intergovernmental organizations and numerous Fortune 500 Companies as a top producer of student talent and relied upon for the highest level of inter-disciplinary research in work-related fields.

ILR graduate programs develops dynamic individuals who are driving positive change in work worldwide. Our five top-ranked and highly regarded graduate degree programs provide a broad-based foundation with a specific, intense focus on the interaction between people and organizations in the workplace and are unlike any other programs in the world. The strength of the program is well known and ILR graduates are always in demand. Our graduates have positions in the private and public sector in business, financial services, manufacturing, consulting, technology, government, not-for-profits, labor unions and non-government organizations. Cornell and ILR's alumni hold senior and influential positions in numerous businesses and labor organizations and serve as mentoring and networking resources.

Two global institutions, a shared reputation

Cornell University and the ILR School are world-renowned global institutions that have earned a reputation for excellence. The Cornell advantage allows ILR students to tap into a wealth of resources. An Ivy League research university with a total enrollment of more than 20,000 students from all over the world, the university’s commitment to high-quality education is reflected in the number and variety of resources available to its students, faculty and staff. ILR grad students have the flexibility to take classes across the 13 other colleges and schools at Cornell providing numerous opportunities for cross-disciplinary work. Our international dimension is further broadened through ILR's partnerships with ESCP Europe, Warwick Business School in the UK and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.