Industrial and Labor Relations M.I.L.R. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Industrial and Labor Relations

Program Description

The M.I.L.R.
MILR is a two-year, on-campus degree based in Ithaca, NY, designed for people who aspire to HR and Labor leadership roles. It’s a professional degree for people ready to tackle the issues of organizational success, employee well-being, and labor relations. MILR covers leadership, decision-making, and conflict resolution. This degree brings both the theoretical and the practical into focus. Senior HR corporate executives and labor managers enrich MILR through deep interactions with students focused on real challenges faced in the workplace.

Students complete a minimum of 16 courses and 48 credits in courses, including required courses in labor relations, organizational behavior, labor economics, labor and employment law, human resource management, and statistics. Candidates with a JD or MBA degree from a U.S. institution may be able to obtain M.I.L.R. degree in one year. Students also have the option to apply for a five-semester, dual-degree program at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (MILR) and the Johnson Graduate School of Management (MBA).

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-1522

218 Ives Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • human resource studies
  • international and comparative labor
  • labor economics (minor)
  • labor relations, law, and history
  • labor, research, and policy (M.S. only)
  • organizational behavior
  • statistics and data science (minor)


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: December 15 and January 15
Spring: October 15

(ILR will not be offering admission for Spring 2024.)

Requirements Summary:

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations should have the ability to:

  1. Engage in critical, reasoned analyses of issues and ideas
  2. Explain ideas and analyses through written and oral communication
  3. Evaluate and apply theories and assumptions of the social science disciplines to workplace issues
  4. Analyze workplace issues from a variety of perspectives, including the historical, cultural, institutional and ethical perspectives
  5. Access, evaluate and analyze qualitative and quantitative data, so as to enhance understanding and inform decision-making
  6. Work independently and in cooperation with others