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Program Format

The mission of the Cornell ILR School is to advance the world of work and prepare its future leaders. Our Executive Master of Human Resource Management program extends that mission to working professionals who want a flexible program that prepares them for the next level of HR leadership. This innovative program takes only 15 months to complete. Click to see the program schedule.

Online coursework

Most coursework is completed online, making it flexible and convenient for busy, working professionals. All courses are authored by Cornell ILR School faculty, and are taught by a combination of ILR faculty and senior HR practitioners. There are many opportunities for personal and direct interaction with instructors through small, seminar-style discussions and online chats. You work at your own pace and fit your coursework into your schedule.

Three residential weeks on campus

EMHRM’s three, weeklong campus sessions (August, March, July) differentiate it from other programs. These are rigorous educational experiences during which you will work closely with faculty and fellow students, meet and hear from senior HR executives from leading companies and build relationships that will become the foundation of your professional network. Click here to see highlights from a residential week agenda.

Accommodations for your three on-campus sessions are at your expense. You can make arrangements at any of several local hotels, inns, or bed and breakfasts. We offer recommendations regarding lodging, transportation, travel agencies and more to facilitate your travel to Ithaca.

Case project

A critical component of the Executive Master of Human Resource Management program is the case project, through which you will apply the knowledge and skills you learn on campus and online to a challenge facing your organization. The major objectives of the case project component are:

  • To bind learning from the program to your real-time challenges
  • To ground your learning in practical, on-the-job and business-related experience
  • To provide concrete steps for the practical application of program content

During your first on-campus session in August, you will propose a case project focused on a critical business issue with significant human-resource implications for your organization. You will advance your project over the full length of the program, incorporating your course learning. You will receive ongoing guidance from your assigned Cornell faculty advisor and an executive HR advisor. Although you will work on your project independently, scheduled project reviews and ad hoc advisor dialogues will help you refine the scope and objectives of your case, sharpen your analysis and recommendations and learn from the collective expertise and experiences of your peers.


Course Descriptions and Schedule

Course Descriptions

Find out more about the courses offered each semester as part of the EMHRM program.

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Course Descriptions

Program Schedule

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Program Schedule