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Executive Master of Human Resource Management (EMHRM)

Cornell’s Executive Master of Human Resource Management (EMHRM) program is designed for HR professionals who aspire to advance to progressively higher levels of executive HR leadership. In this professional degree program, EMHRM students learn about the latest Human Resources research from leading academics and interact with senior HR leaders from multiple industries. The EMHRM experience builds understanding of the essential links between business strategy and workforce strategy and teaches advanced skills in organizational design, talent development, change leadership and other core elements of HR excellence.

This 15-month masters degree program equips mid-career HR professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to move into senior HR roles.

The online nature of the coursework allows you to complete the program from anywhere in the world without interrupting your career.  The program starts in May and is made up of 2-week asynchronous modules with week-long on-campus residencies in August, March and July.

Throughout the program, students apply the concepts and tools they learn to real-time, strategic issues at their organizations via a capstone case project. The course content is aligned with each part of the project, such as business strategy, HR strategic tools, and the role of HR in organizational change.

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Program Structure

Our hybrid online and in-person program lets you study for a masters degree without interrupting your career.

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Course Descriptions

The EMHRM program provides students with a holistic view of the HR function.

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Residential Weeks

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The program's three one-week sessions of on-campus instruction are great opportunities to meet, learn from, and share best practices with the other HR professionals in your cohort. These are rigorous educational experiences during which you will learn from our faculty, attend workshops from world renowned HR practitioners, and build the relationships that will become the foundation of your professional network.

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EMHRM program, "elevated my entire mindset as a business leader"

Laura Salvatore '20 VP of Human Capital at Centurion, shares how the program has changed her perspective.
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EMHRM program, "elevated my entire mindset as a business leader"

Alumna Sees Potential in Data

The Executive Master of Human Resource Management graduate says she particularly valued the on-campus residencies, where “you get to know people on a deeply personal level. We were such a diverse class.
Jackie Czaplinski, EMHRM ’18
Alumna Sees Potential in Data

Kathleen Beer talks about the value of flexibility in the EMHRM program

Learning online at the ILR School is perfect for the busy professional.  Beer appreciates how the courses are scheduled to fit it into most people’s schedule (i.e. early mornings, late nights or weekends). 
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Kathleen Beer talks about the value of flexibility in the EMHRM program

JR Keller teaches about talent-acquisition trends on the EMHRM program

JR Keller is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Studies in the ILR School at Cornell University. His research focuses on understanding how firms make hiring decisions and individual make career choices, with a particular interest in how the dynamics shape how employees change jobs within firms.
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JR Keller teaches about talent-acquisition trends on the EMHRM program

Professor John Hausknecht talks about EMHRM's unique student experience

Professor John Hausknecht talks about EMHRM's unique advantage in its cohort of HR professional peers who study and develop strategically together.
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John Hausknecht
Professor John Hausknecht talks about EMHRM's unique student experience

ILR's Rebecca Kehoe discusses her research on HR leadership

ILR Associate Professor Rebecca Kehoe talks about how how organizations can apply her research to reach their strategic goals through their people.
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ILR's Rebecca Kehoe discusses her research on HR leadership

Learn from the world’s leading HR faculty

Our faculty has vast interdisciplinary expertise in human resources and other facets of the world of work. Explore their areas of specialization and review their experience and credentials to understand the wealth of resources you’ll have at your disposal as a student in the program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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If you're interested in advancing your career in HR, want to study alongside other curious HR professionals and with the world's leading faculty and practitioners, we encourage you to apply.

"If this program seems right for you, definitely give it a shot!" Professor Bradford Bell