Cornell University

Graduate Degree Programs

Brad Bell, program director, Executive Master of Human Resource Management

Application Process

Applications to the Executive Master of HR Management program will be accepted only through our online application system using the link below. The application deadline is December 15, 2014. See the list of admission requirements for details on what you will need to complete the application. 

Applications will be reviewed by the graduate admission committee, comprised of faculty and staff members from all departments. You will receive notification of your admissions decision in late January. 

Cornell University expects you to complete your application without using paid agents, credential services, or other paid professional assistance. Use of such services violates university policy, and may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admission offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the university.

Because the Executive Master of Human Resource Management program is delivered online, we must be legally authorized to provide post-secondary educational instruction by certain states (or be exempt or otherwise not subject to such authorization in a state) before offering the EMHRM program to students in that state. To date, we are permitted to offer the EMHRM to students in the following states:

Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas*, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Washington, D.C.
* The ILR School is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code. Cornell University's authority to grant degrees is bestowed by the New York State Board of Regents. The Board of Regents mandates that all degree-granting academic programs must be registered with the New York State Education Department. Information on filing student complaints is located at:

We encourage you to check your eligibility for the program even if your state is not listed above, as we are in the process of pursuing authorization in several additional states and the District of Columbia by the beginning of the program's inaugural class in May 2015. This list will be updated regularly.

International Students

TOEFL is required for all international students who do not qualify for at least one of the exceptions listed here. Applicants must meet set minimum category scores in order to be admitted to Cornell University under the Cornell Graduate School policy. According to Cornell Graduate School requirements, applicants with TOEFL scores below the following minimums in any of the four categories cannot be admitted to Cornell University:

  • Listening: 15
  • Reading: 20
  • Speaking: 22
  • Writing: 20

ILR recommends applicants have a minimum total score of 100 on the TOEFL with recommended sectional scores of 25 in each category.