Program Structure

The thirty-credit MPS curriculum is structured around six core courses and a final research project. Classes are held on Saturdays in Midtown Manhattan. Each year, a two-week session is held in late June on the main Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York, located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Completion of the program requires a two-year commitment.

The combination of Saturday classes and intensive summer sessions enables working adults to pursue a master’s degree at Cornell, without interrupting their careers.

The MPS program is offered away from the main Cornell campus, but it is not a distance-learning program, and Ithaca-based faculty travel to New York City for the Saturday class sessions. The MPS program is designed to promote interaction with both faculty and fellow students in a small classroom setting, creating an atmosphere conducive to discussion and debate.

Saturday Classes

Classes are held on Saturdays over four academic semesters. Eight sessions are scheduled each semester, between Labor Day and mid-December during the fall term and between late-January and mid-May during the spring term. Classes start at 10:00 a.m. and run between three and six hours, always finishing by 5:00 p.m. Detailed class schedules are made available to students in advance.

The MPS program is housed by the Institute for Workplace Studies, the ILR School’s New York City-based home for academic research, policy discussions, and educational programs. Saturday classes are held at ILR’s New York City center, located at 16 East 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan.

Summer Sessions

Each year, a two-week residency session is held in late June on the main Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York. Students attend this session during two consecutive summers. There are no additional summer classes.

September 2018 matriculation
Fall 2018 Labor Economics ILRLE 5440 (4 credits)
Directed Reading ILRID 7590 S/U; (2 credits)
Spring 2019 Labor Relations ILRLR 5040 (4 credits)
Summer 2019 Statistical Research Methods ILRST 5150 (4 credits)
Fall 2019 Organizational Behavior ILR0B 5250 (4 credits)
Research Project (2 credits)
Spring 2020 Human Resource Management ILRHR 5640 (4 credits)
Research Project (2 credits)
Summer 2020 Labor and Employment Law ILRID 5680 (4 credits)