Cornell University

Ph.D. Program in Human Resources

Cornell University’s ILR School: A world leader in Human Resource Management

Cornell University is among the world’s most prestigious research universities -- and its ILR School is the HR Studies leader. Cornell ILR focuses on the world of work with doctoral programs not only in HR, but also related fields such as organizational behavior, dispute resolution, labor relations, public policy and social statistics.

In a 2009 poll posted on the Academy of Management's HR Division listserv, members were asked, “If you were advising a top-notch student interested in pursuing a graduate degree in HR, what three schools would you recommend?” Scholars ranked ILR’s HR program as their top pick, citing Cornell’s program more frequently than any other.

Why Cornell’s Human Resources Ph.D. Program?

  • Unmatched program breadth and depth
  • Access to top scholars
  • Guaranteed full funding
  • Academic careers at top-notch universities

Learn More About the Program

Read about the latest research of the HR Studies Faculty.



An Alumnus Perspective

Jeff Ericksen, ILR Ph.D.“I had an awesome experience at Cornell. The professors were terrific, as were my fellow Ph.D. students.  I could not have been better prepared to launch my career in teaching and research in human resource management.”

— Jeff Ericksen, Assistant Professor, School of Labor and Industrial Relations, Michigan State University (HR Ph.D. graduate)

Contact Information

For more information on Cornell's Ph.D. in Human Resources program, please contact:
Lee Dyer
Chair, Human Resource Studies
ILR School, Cornell University
(607) 255-8805
Email: ldd3@cornell.edu