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About Our Students & Working Professionals

The MPS degree is geared towards experienced professionals from a range of occupational backgrounds who now desire an intellectual challenge and a distinguished credential. They come to the program from a variety of organizational settings, but with a shared interest in the dynamics of the workplace. These students are looking for a framework through which to analyze their work environment, new concepts and ideas they can use to push their colleagues and organizations in new directions, and the opportunity to research and document their insights and learning. Many also appreciate the benefits of having a degree conferred by Cornell, which might facilitate a promotion or propel them into a different job.

MPS students are bright, demanding, conscientious, articulate, and knowledgeable about work-related issues. Mature students who work full time while attending graduate school tend to be fully committed to their education: they complete their work, show up at class, and are active participants in their own learning. As several such students have pointed out, when people do something voluntarily and for themselves, they do crazy things to accomplish their goals.

MPS students have ranged in age from 24-65 and have come from all 5 boroughs of New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, and beyond.

Examples of the professional backgrounds of MPS students include:

  • Regional Program Director, Africa. American Center for International Labor Solidarity, AFL-CIO
  • EEO Specialist/Investigator. NYS Metropolitan Transit Authority; Office of Civil Rights
  • Human Resources Officer. United Nations
  • Manager of International Compensation and Benefits. The Timberland Company
  • Regional Director, Northeast region. Department of Labor; Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
  • Senior Industrial Labor Relations Specialist. Pratt & Whitney
  • Marketing Specialist. New York City Housing Authority
  • Judicial Attorney
  • HR Manager. Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
  • Senior Change Management Consultant. Clarkston Consulting
  • Personnel Administrator. United Federation of Teachers (UFT)
  • Consultant, HR Communications. Towers Perrin
  • Program Manager, Leadership Training. GE
  • Training Consultant, Learning and Development.Global Training and Development, American Express
  • Corporate/Intern Relationship Manager. Inroads/New York City, Inc.
  • Freelance HR consultant
  • VP, Human Resources. R/GA Field Representative for Higher Education. New Jersey Education Association (NJEA)
  • Consultant. Legal Counsel to the Performing Arts
  • Manager of Operations. United Illuminating Company
  • Vice President for Global Contingent Labor Operations. Morgan Stanley
  • Trial attorney. US Dept of Labor's New York regional office
  • Grant Director, Program/Project Manager. Uniformed Firefighters Association
  • Director, Labor Relations, Field Operations. MTA New York City Transit
  • Multiemployer Benefits Consultant. The Segal Company
  • Director, Leadership Development & Strategic Staffing. Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals
  • VP/HR Business Partner. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC
  • Labor and Employee Relations Representative. St.Vincents' Hospital
  • Staffing Manager. Yahoo! Search Marketing
  • Director of Enforcement. NYC Dept. of Small Business Services
  • Risk/Vendor Manager. Colgate Palmolive Company
  • Associate Director, Diversity and People Development. Time, Inc.
  • HR Director. GHNH Company, Inc. (healthcare facility)
  • Director of Construction. NY State University Construction Fund
  • Manager of Labor Relations. Live Nation
  • Director of Facilities. United Federation of Teachers
  • Senior HR Associate Metropolitan Opera
  • Director of Implementation for Workforce Managed Programs. Advantage Human Resourcing
  • Recruiter. Goldman, Sachs & Co.

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