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Master of Industrial and Labor Relations (MILR)

MILR is a two-year, on-campus degree based in Ithaca, NY, designed for people who aspire to leadership roles. It’s a professional degree for people ready to tackle the issues of organizational success, employee wellbeing, and labor relations. MILR covers leadership, decision-making, and conflict resolution. This degree brings both the theoretical and the practical into focus. Senior corporate executives and labor managers enrich MILR through deep interactions with students focused on real challenges faced in the workplace.

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.

Admissions

Program Structure

Find out more about the courses that make up the MILR degree, and the required credits needed to graduate.

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Application Requirements

The MILR Fall 2022 application is now open!

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Review the requirements
Tuition and Fees
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Find out more about tuition and fees

Sal Lanci

Sal Lanci, MILR '21, shares his experience in the MILR program.

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Sal Lanci

Dhara Puvar

Dhara Puvar, MILR '21, shares her experience in the MILR program.

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Dhara Puvar

Silvia Zamora

Silvia Zamora, MILR/MBA '21, shares her experience in the MILR program.

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Silvia Zamora
Visit Cornell's Campus

The ILR School is at the center of Cornell's Ithaca campus. Plan a visit (virtual or in-person), register for online tours and events, and get in touch with our team to find out more about the place where you will study.

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Career Outcomes

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Fortune 500 companies have ILR alums in HR leadership positions

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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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.

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Visit our Career Services for post-graduate information
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Degree Specializations

Human Resources and Organizations

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.

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Focus on Human Resources
Labor

You can focus your MILR studies on labor from the perspectives of international and comparative labor or collective representation.

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Focus on labor
Dispute Resolution

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.

Focus on dispute resolution
Focus on dispute resolution
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Contact Us

Get in touch and meet the MILR team.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions applicants and potential students have.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Videos

MILR Application Process

Christie Avgar, Director of Graduate Enrollment and Student Services and Darrie O'Connell, Recruiting and Outreach Coordinator for the MILR program go over the application process for ILR's Master in Industrial and Labor Relations program.
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MILR Application Process

MILR Graduate Student Experience

Sabrina Williams, Alice Ying Nga Luo and Jeff Serbin discuss the MILR student experience with Christie Avgar, Director of Graduate Enrollment and Student Services at ILR.
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MILR Graduate Student Experience

Career outcomes of an ILR Master's

Anu Lyons, Director of ILR's Office of Career Services, discusses how her office serves MILR students by helping land internships and in recruiting for employment to prepare you for life after earning your MILR degree.
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Career outcomes of an ILR Master's

Our HR curriculum

Professor Chris Collins discusses the advantages of studying HR at Cornell in the MILR program.
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Our HR curriculum

Answers to application questions

Christie Avgar and Darrie O'Connell answer some common application questions that come up for prospective MILR students.
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Answers to application questions