Dual M.I.L.R./M.B.A. Degree Program Policy
- Objectives of the Dual M.I.L.R./M.B.A. Degree Program
- Administration of the Program
- Residency Requirements: Registration Units
- Course Requirements
- Other Policies
1. Objectives of the Dual M.I.L.R./M.B.A. Degree Program
The Dual M.I.L.R./M.B.A. Degree Program is designed to provide both an Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations (M.I.L.R.) degree to students seeking comprehensive professional education in both fields. It allows students to complete academic requirements for both degrees while eliminating overlapping course work. In this five-semester program, students gain insight into the skills, capabilities, and best practices demanded in a workplace that requires intelligent, flexible and effective leaders.
2. Administration of the Program
Once a dual degree candidate begins taking courses at Cornell the student is considered a degree candidate in both ILR and Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management regardless of the School in which the candidate is enrolled for a particular semester. The dual degree candidate may choose which semesters he/she will enroll in each college. Students must inform each college, a semester ahead, of the semester they will be registered with them. Regardless of the college of enrollment, the dual degree candidate may take courses in either college during any of the five semesters. Students are governed by the policies of both colleges and subject to approval of their administrative entities; The ILR Graduate Committee in ILR and the corresponding entity in Johnson.
Applicants must apply and be admitted into both the M.B.A. program at Johnson and the M.I.L.R. program of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, separately. Work experience, typically three to five years prior to applying, is required by Johnson. Previous work experience is preferred, but is not required, for admission to ILR.
Foreign graduate students are admitted with the same criteria as US citizens, including the results of the aptitude tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Foreign students whose native language is other than English must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the GRE analytical writing section.
Note: Students pay for two semesters at the ILR tuition rate and three semesters at Johnson rate.
Students choose two advisors, one from each program.
5. Residency Requirements: Registration Units
Satisfactory completion of five registration units are required: 2 in ILR and 3 in Johnson. A registration unit is defined a semester of full time study completed successfully and approved by the student's advisor.
6. Course Requirements
The course requirements for the M.B.A./M.I.L.R. dual degree include a total of 76 credit hours in five-semesters (2 1/2 years), composed of three semesters at Johnson and two semesters at the ILR School.
Core courses at the ILR School include Collective Bargaining, Labor Relations Law and Legislation, Statistical Methods for Social Sciences, Organizational Behaviors or Analysis, Labor Economics, and Human Resource Management.
18 credit hours of required M.I.L.R. Core Courses (or approved substitutes) including:
- ILRLR 5000 Collective Bargaining
- ILRLR 5110 Labor and Employment Law
- ILRST 5200 Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences
- ILROB 5200 Organizational Behavior
- ILRLR 5400 Labor Economics
- ILRHR 5600 Human Resource Management
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 M.B.A. courses
- 25 credit hours of elective M.B.A. courses
- 13 elective credit hours that may be taken in any courses approved by the candidate's advisor.
7. Other Policies: Grades, Language, Teaching, Exams, Recommendation for Degree
Students will follow all other policies of both degree programs. See the policies for the M.I.L.R. degree (above) and the M.B.A. degree for specific details.