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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 Spring 2023 and Fall 2023
application is now open!

 

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Tuition and Fees

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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. 

Answer some simple questions to see if you're a good candidate for the MILR program through our check your eligibility form. We will notify you of your eligibility for the program within two to three business days. Or if you're ready, apply now.

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Accelerated MILR Degree Hits the Mark for ILR Graduates

Three ILRies discuss how the MILR degree enhanced their careers.
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Accelerated MILR Degree Hits the Mark for ILR Graduates

MILRs win awards at 2022 Purdue HR Case Competition

MILRs won second place at the Case competition, and the best individual speaker award for the Graduate Division
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MILRs win awards at 2022 Purdue HR Case Competition

Skyler Hill

Skyler Hill, MILR '23, talks about why he chose the MILR program and some advice he has for prospective students.
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Skyler Hill

Holly Harmon

Holly Harmon, MILR'23, shares her passion in HR and experience in the program as the Graduate Student Association President.
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Holly Harmon

Susanne Donovan

Susanne Donovan, MILR '23 and BSILR '13, talks about her experience in returning to the MILR program after completing her BSILR degree.
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Susanne Donovan

MILR Representatives Win Awards at Future of HR Event

MILR students brought home wins from "Future of HR Talent TikTok Challenge" on September 22-23.
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MILR Representatives Win Awards at Future of HR Event

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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MILR 2022 Graduation Group

Degree Specializations

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.

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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

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

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