Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application deadline?

Please see the list application deadlines on our application requirements page.

Can I arrange a campus visit?

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Cornell University is prohibiting campus tours and other in-person campus events until further notice. This includes visits and events related to admissions and recruitment at ILR. A helpful map of the ILR School is available at this link. For additional visitor information see the Cornell visitor website and Cornell University Maps. We also encourage you to Experience Cornell through video tours.
 

How much work experience should I have?

The Executive Master of Human Resource Management program is designed for HR professionals with eight or more years of work experience. Less experience does not necessarily make you ineligible for admission into the program; a strong candidate with less HR work experience may have a strong foundation and occupational outlook for success in our program.

Do I have to have a background in human resources to apply?

Although the curriculum assumes some background HR knowledge and experience, anyone who may contribute relevant background experience and can establish a strong case for future success in human resources is encouraged to apply.

Can I mail my application materials to you?

No, all items must be submitted or uploaded through the online application system. Please do not send any application items (résumés, transcripts, etc.) through the mail. Any materials sent to the ILR School through the mail will not be included in the application that is shared with the admissions committee.

What should my statement of purpose say?

Your statement of purpose should serve as a platform for you to discuss your past achievements and future career goals. It should also describe how the Executive Master of Human Resource Management program will help you advance your career toward those goals.

What should my statement of project say?

Use your statement of project to convey your ability to distinguish and formulate applicable changes to existing workplace challenges. Include a description of the project you might implement, and describe how you will get support for the project and its completion from your current management team.

What is the case project?

Briefly, the case project is a way for you to apply the knowledge and skills you learn in the program to an issue or challenge at your organization. Feedback from faculty and peers will help you refine your case project from beginning to end.

When are EMHRM program tuition payments due?

Tuition for the Executive Master of Human Resource Management program is billed in four installments payable at the start of each term. The tuition for the 2020-2021 cohort is divided as follows:

For more information, please visit the Office of the Bursar's website.

    • Summer 2020: $5,655 billed in April, due May 7, 2020
    • Fall 2020: $16,965 billed in July, due August 7, 2020
    • Spring 2021: $16,965 billed in December, due January 7, 2021
    • Summer 2021: $16,965 billed in April, due May 7, 2021

    Where should I stay during my on-campus sessions?

    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 help you facilitate your travel to Ithaca.

    When are the three on-campus sessions?

    Click to see the calendar overview (PDF, 126 KB) or full academic schedule (PDF, 99 KB).

    Is the GRE or GMAT exam required for admission?

    No, applicants are not required to submit GRE or GMAT test scores.

    Should I submit a transcript from every college/university I attended?

    Yes. You must submit unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. If you’re accepted into the program you will be required to submit official copies of all your transcripts.

    Are there any available funding/scholarships/grants for this program?

    Students may apply for a federal Stafford loan to fund this program. The Cornell Graduate School, along with the Cornell Financial Aid Office, handles all federal loan information.

    What are my loan program options?

    U.S. citizens and permanent residents can apply for federal or private loans to cover your cost of attendance. Please note that EMHRM students are not eligible for federal loans during their summer semester(s) since they are enrolled for 2.5 credits and to be eligible for federal loans you must be taking a minimum of 6 credits per semester (including summers). During the summer semester(s) you would need to borrow a private loan in place of the federal loan program or pay out of pocket. Cornell cannot recommend any particular lender, but encourages you to compare lenders and loan terms to select the lender that best fits your needs. Review these guidelines and tips to help you with the process. Learn about the advantages of taking federal student loans over private, non-federal loans. We have a neutral lending list which students from Cornell have previously borrowed through. Students may choose any lender, including one not on our list:

    Does the EMHRM program accept international students?

    Yes. International students are welcome to apply. They must meet our standard admissions requirements and submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet Cornell University minimum scores. The English proficiency requirement may be waived if you meet certain critera.

    What degree will I earn from this program?

    The Executive Master of Human Resource Management Program leads to a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree.

    The best way to begin pursuing admission is to complete a pre-assessment to determine your eligibility for this program. If you’re eligible for admission, we will be in touch with further information and guidance.