Cornell University

Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution

456 ILR Research Building, 607-255-9298

Degrees

You can earn your degree with a concentration in dispute resolution. Learn more about each of the degrees: MILR, MS/PhD, MPS. Visit the Graduate Degree Programs site for more information.

Master of Industrial and Labor Relations (MILR)

A two year professional program primarily for those interested in professional careers in the human resources and labor relations field. The program is course taught and does not include a thesis component. Concentrations in the MILR program: Human Resources and Organizations (HR & O); International and Comparative Labor; Collective Representation; Labor Market Policy; and Dispute Resolution.
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Juris Doctor (JD)/Master of Industrial and Labor Relations(MILR) - Sequential Degree

The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University offers a two-semester program for outstanding Law School graduates that leads to the Master of Industrial and Labor Relations (M.I.L.R.) degree. Both recent graduates and those working in the field of law may apply.

The program provides general coverage of industrial and labor relations and is suitable for those having little prior course work in the field. The M.I.L.R. program is normally completed in four semesters; however, law graduates who enter the special program can complete the program in one year.

An applicant must be a graduate of a school of law and meet the normal requirements for admission to the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. A candidate deficient in preparation in the social sciences is advised to do additional work before entry.
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Master of Professional Studies (MPS)

A one year professional program designed for established practitioners looking to expand or advance their skills and knowledge. In addition to coursework, the MPS program includes a research project component.
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Master of Science (MS)/Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

An academic degree program for advanced students intending to enter careers in research and education in a specialized area within industrial and labor relations. Students are admitted into one of the ILR School’s main academic departments: Labor Relations, Law, and History; International and Comparative Labor; Organizational Behavior; and Human Resource Studies. (Labor Economics and Statistics admit students separately.)

Currently the ILR School does not admit students into a terminal MS degree, only into the combined MS/PhD degree. (One exception to this practice is the five year combined BS/MS program available to ILR undergraduates only.) A number of current and past ILR MS/PhD students have done theses and dissertation research on dispute resolution topics, working with faculty who specialize in this area.
Read more about M.S./Ph.D. degree.