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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MILR Student Table Talk
Current MILR students talk candidly about their experience being part of Cornell University’s Master of Industrial and Labor Relations program.
Why did I quit a good job to get my master's?
Students discuss their journey from quitting their jobs, to moving to upstate NY, to anticipating graduation and what is next after earning their MILR degrees.
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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.
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Master of Industrial and Labor Relations (MILR) is a two-year professional, career-focused degree for those interested in putting their education into practice. The MILR is specifically for students preparing to enter the workforce or professionals who wish to enhance their education and skills.