Industrial and Labor Relations
Cornell offers four graduate-degree programs in the field of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR): The M.P.S. (Master of Professional Studies); M.S., and Ph.D.; and the M.I.L.R. (Master of Industrial and Labor Relations).
Choose one of the following areas of concentration: human resources and organizations; collective representation; dispute resolution; labor-market policy; or international and comparative labor.
Students complete a minimum of 48 credits in courses and seminars, including required courses in collective bargaining, organizational behavior, labor economics, labor and employment law, human resource management, and statistics. Candidates with a law or M.B.A. degree from a U.S. institution may be able to obtain M.I.L.R. degree in two semesters. Students interested in careers in business administration may apply for a five-semester, dual-degree program at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (M.I.L.R.) and the Johnson Graduate School of Management (M.B.A.).
This degree is limited to individuals with professionally related work experience who wish to update their knowledge of current practices. Applicants for this degree are typically sponsored by their governments or organizations. Degree requirements include course work, an MPS project paper and a two-year commitment. Students may choose to study part-time in New York City in the M.P.S. (I.L.R.) New York program, or full time in residence on the Ithaca campus.
M.S. and Ph.D.
Candidates select major and minor subjects from the following areas: collective bargaining, labor law, and labor history; organizational behavior; human resource studies; international and comparative labor. One minor is selected from outside the ILR Field of Study.
Labor Economics and Economic & Social Statistics are offered as minors only. Minor subjects in fields outside ILR are encouraged. Each candidates program is supervised by a committee of faculty members chosen by the candidate. The average M.S. program requires two years; the doctoral program typically takes an additional three years.
Subject and Degrees
- Executive Master of Human Resource Management (Online) (M.P.S.) (Ithaca)
- Industrial and Labor Relations (M.I.L.R.) (Ithaca)
- Industrial and Labor Relations (M.I.L.R./M.B.A. (dual degree)) (Ithaca)
- Industrial and Labor Relations (M.P.S.) (Cornell ILR NYC)
- Industrial and Labor Relations (M.P.S.) (Ithaca)
- Industrial and Labor Relations (M.S.) (Ithaca)
- Industrial and Labor Relations (M.S./Ph.D.) (Ithaca)
- Industrial and Labor Relations (Ph.D.) (Ithaca)
Concentrations by Subject
Executive Master of Human Resource Management (Online)
- human resource management
- labor relations, economics, and organizational behavior
Industrial and Labor Relations
- collective representation (M.I.L.R. only)
- dispute resolution (M.I.L.R. only)
- human resource studies (M.S./Ph.D. only)
- human resources and organizations (M.I.L.R. only)
- international and comparative labor
- labor economics (minor)
- labor market policy (M.I.L.R. only)
- labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only)
- organizational behavior (M.S./Ph.D. only)
- social statistics (minor)