Program Structure

The thirty-credit MPS curriculum is structured around six core courses and a capstone project. Most classes are held on Saturdays in Midtown Manhattan, with two weekend intensives (Friday-Sunday) kicking off each semester. A two-week session in late June of the middle summer is held on the main Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York, located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. 

The schedule is designed to allow working professionals to earn a master’s degree at Cornell in just twenty-one months, without interrupting their careers.

The MPS program is offered away from the main Cornell campus, but it is not a distance-learning program, and Ithaca-based faculty travel to New York City for the weekend sessions. The MPS program is designed to promote interaction with both faculty and fellow students in a small classroom setting, creating an atmosphere conducive to discussion and debate.

NYC Classes

Classes are held at ILR’s New York City center, located at 570 Lexington Avenue, in Midtown Manhattan. Sessions start at 10:00 a.m. and end by 5:00 p.m. 

Detailed class schedules are made available to students in advance.

Summer Session

A two-week residency session is held in late June on the main Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York. There are no additional summer classes.