MPS Program in Conflict Resolution

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Resolving complex conflict takes highly skilled mediation and dispute-resolution professionals. But, organizations are struggling to find qualified professionals to help them resolve employment-relations, commercial, or international disputes

Cornell’s new MPS program in conflict resolution is designed for people who want to become leaders in conflict resolution within their organizations or pursue careers as professional mediators or arbitrators.

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Industrial and Labor Relations is a master’s degree awarded by Cornell University. Offered on our Ithaca campus, this program draws upon the strengths of ILR’s Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution.

The institute trains more students in mediation and arbitration than any other school in the United States. Its world-class faculty conducts research that addresses critical issues in conflict resolution, and its findings often influence public policy. The institute is known worldwide for its expertise in teaching, research and organizational consulting in the field of conflict resolution – with a focus on workplace disputes. The institute is part of Cornell’s ILR School – the preeminent educational institution in the world, focused on work, employment and labor.

Program Structure

  • The program consists of two full-time semesters in residence on Cornell’s Ithaca campus.
  • Students complete 30 required course credits, including an eight-credit capstone project, developed under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
  • Both a faculty advisor and a practitioner mentor provide students with advice and mentoring throughout the program.
  • The eight-credit capstone project could include field-based studies, case studies or more traditional academic research.

About Our Students

The MPS degree is designed to meet the demands of experienced professionals from a broad range of careers who seek an intellectual challenge and a distinguished credential. Prospective students might be working in human resources, labor relations, the labor movement, law, or consulting, as public sector managers, or as senior administrators of nonprofit organizations.

MPS students bring a variety of perspectives that make for a rigorous and provocative learning environment, but they share a determination to take on the critical issues that impact today’s employment relationships and the ever-changing world of work.

Enrollees will be required to have 8 years of post-bachelor degree work experience.

Scholarship support is available. Preference will be given to candidates who enhance the diversity, equity and inclusion of the conflict resolution field and that of the university.


The Scheinman Institute combines the academic work of faculty with the practical knowledge of leading practitioners. People at the institute specialize in conflict and dispute resolution, employee relations, diversity and inclusion, and labor relations. This range of research and experience lets us offer intensive skill development for individuals and best practices for organizations.

The institute’s mission includes translating what is taught in the classroom and learned through research into resources for the workplace.


The MPS Program in Conflict Resolution, Ithaca Campus, is currently seeking students for the fall of 2022. Application deadline for the fall of 2022 is January 1, 2022.

Students are accepted into the MPS program by application through the Cornell Graduate School. The admissions committee looks for applicants with strong academic backgrounds, as well as proven records of professional work experience. We welcome applicants with a range of undergraduate majors and graduate degrees, and we look to bring together a cohort of students who have taken diverse career paths. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and 8 years of professional experience to be considered for admission. Admissions decisions are made by informed judgment, not formulas.

A complete application must include

  • Application
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation (2)
  • Resume or CV
  • $105 application fee
  • International applicants have additional requirements.

Applications are submitted online.

You can find more information and help on the Graduate School website.

Tuition and Fees


Financial Aid

Scholarship support is available. Preference will be given to candidates who enhance the diversity, equity and inclusion of the conflict resolution field and that of the university.

Career Services

The Scheinman Institute will assist graduates of the program in job placement.


Traci Morse, ADR Program Manager, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution or Harry Katz, Director, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution.