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An Executive Master's for HR Professionals

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.

Live Application Office Hours

November 29 | 7:00-8:00pm ET

Join the EMHRM program team on November 29 at 7pm ET to ask questions and learn more about the graduate application for the Executive Master of Human Resource Management (EMHRM) program. Email for dial-in link.

Elevate Your Career with Cornell EMHRM

Hear from 2021 EMHRM alumni (left) about why they chose the Cornell University ILR School's Executive Master of Human Resource Management program for their executive education.

"Cornell stood out to me as the best of the best for an HR program, especially at the master's level."

-Quincy Amekuedi, VP Talent Management

Discover how Ajay Kunde (right), a seasoned Senior HR Director at the Hershey Company, embarked on a transformative journey in the EMHRM program.

In this testimonial, Ajay shares his profound insights into why the EMHRM program stood out, offering a unique blend of traditional HR topics and cutting-edge subjects like design thinking, agile and how to manage C-suite stakeholders as an HR leader.



Program Structure

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

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EMHRM Program Structure

Residential Weeks

EMHRM students come to Cornell's beautiful Ithaca campus for three one-week long residential sessions to partake in rigorous educational experiences with Ivy League faculty, world renowned HR practitioners, and peer HR professionals. At these sessions, students build relationships that will become the foundation of their professional network.

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On-Campus Learning

Course Descriptions

The EMHRM program takes students on an academic journey of gaining deeper knowledge of the HR function through a holistic lens. Students progress through the program together as a cohort, expanding their HR knowledge during both our structured online and in-person course sessions.

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See What You Will Learn

Faculty and Research

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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EMHRM Faculty


We encourage you to apply if you want to advance your career in HR, learn from the world's leading faculty, and study alongside other curious HR professionals. 

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

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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

Alumni of Cornell University's Executive Master of Human Resource Management (EMHRM) program share details about their time in the program, benefits of the program and alumni network, and where they are today.

Contact Us

We invite you to reach out to the EMHRM team for any questions!

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