The degree is both wide and deep. It’s built up from the research of ILR’s world-class faculty and the real-world experience of practitioners. You can study from a huge range of courses from organizational design and culture to human resource leadership to compensation to labor relations to mediation, while also focusing on the application of workplace research.
MILR alumni succeed in what they set out to do. Many students have job offers before graduating. Most experience faster career advancement and stronger earning power.
Graduates join the wide network of Cornell alumni – many actively recruit MILR graduates for both career placement and advancement.
Find out more about the courses that make up the MILR degree, and the required credits needed to graduate.
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There are many job and career field options available to those who earn a degree from the ILR School, including corporate HR, labor relations, labor, government, law, non-profit, consulting, and financial services.
We regularly survey graduates to find out what they do after MILR. You can find out more, read recent data, and get in contact with the careers office if you have any questions.
The Human Resources and Organizations (HR&O) Concentration focuses on people in organizations, including the roles of line managers, the HR function and HR professionals in contributing to organizational success and employee well-being and such key aspects of organizational life as leadership, decision-making, and conflict resolution.
You can focus your MILR studies on labor from the perspectives of international and comparative labor or collective representation.
By focusing on dispute resolution, students can prepare for a career as neutrals, advocates, or consultants in conflict resolution. The rise of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in employment relations and other fields has created opportunities for people interested in pursuing careers as mediators, arbitrators, or facilitators.