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 corporate recruiters, public sector managers, or as senior administrators of nonprofit organizations.

MPS students bring a diversity of perspectives that makes 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.

The MPS program brings the academic excellence of Cornell University’s ILR School to the dynamic activity of New York City’s working world. MPS students have ranged in age from 24-65, and many enter having previously earned advanced degrees in areas such as business administration, law, psychology, or education. They have come from all five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, and beyond. The admissions committee looks for applicants with a strong academic background as well as a proven record of relevant work and life experience. Admissions decisions are made by informed judgment, not formulas.

Examples of the professional backgrounds of MPS students include:

  • Regional Program Director, Africa. American Center for International Labor Solidarity, AFL-CIO
  • EEO Specialist/Investigator. NYS Metropolitan Transit Authority; Office of Civil Rights
  • Human Resources Officer. United Nations
  • Manager of International Compensation and Benefits. The Timberland Company
  • Regional Director, Northeast region. Department of Labor; Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
  • Senior Industrial Labor Relations Specialist. Pratt & Whitney
  • Marketing Specialist. New York City Housing Authority
  • Judicial Attorney
  • Senior Change Management Consultant. Clarkston Consulting
  • Personnel Administrator. United Federation of Teachers (UFT)
  • Consultant, HR Communications. Towers Perrin
  • Program Manager, Leadership Training. GE
  • Training Consultant, Learning and Development. Global Training and Development, American Express
  • Freelance HR consultant
  • VP, Human Resources. R/GA
  • Field Representative for Higher Education. New Jersey Education Association (NJEA)
  • Consultant. Legal Counsel to the Performing Arts
  • Manager of Operations. United Illuminating Company
  • Vice President for Global Contingent Labor Operations. Morgan Stanley
  • Trial attorney. US Dept. of Labor's New York regional office
  • Grant Director, Program/Project Manager. Uniformed Firefighters Association
  • Director, Labor Relations, Field Operations. MTA New York City Transit
  • Multiemployer Benefits Consultant. The Segal Company
  • Director, Leadership Development & Strategic Staffing. Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals
  • VP/HR Business Partner. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC
  • Labor and Employee Relations Representative. St.Vincents' Hospital
  • Staffing Manager. Yahoo! Search Marketing
  • Director of Enforcement. NYC Dept. of Small Business Services 
  • Risk/Vendor Manager. Colgate Palmolive Company
  • Associate Director, Diversity and People Development. Time, Inc.
  • HR Director. GHNH Company, Inc. (healthcare facility)
  • Director of Construction. NY State University Construction Fund
  • Manager of Labor Relations. Live Nation
  • Director of Facilities. United Federation of Teachers
  • Senior HR Associate Metropolitan Opera
  • Director of Implementation for Workforce Managed Programs. Advantage Human Resourcing
  • Recruiter. Goldman, Sachs & Co.