Industrial and Labor Relations M.I.L.R./M.B.A. (dual degree) (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Industrial and Labor Relations

Program Description

Two powerful degrees in two and a half years. Students complete two semesters at the ILR School and three semesters at Johnson. Our alumni who have earned both MILR and MBA degrees have a distinct advantage in today’s rapidly changing workplace. The School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Cornell’s Johnson are among the nation's most highly respected schools in their fields. Students pursue careers in high levels of human resource management, where having the whole picture of how organizations operate gives them a powerful understanding of the relationship between HR strategy and business strategy and the leadership skills to run an organization and have a respected voice in top management decision making. Likewise, those who focus on labor relations find that the MILR/MBA puts them on the fast track in their careers.

Others use the dual degrees in the consulting arena, where their depth of understanding of business combined with specialized knowledge about human resource management, labor relations, and other specialized knowledge gives them a powerful edge.

Earning degrees from these two Cornell schools puts the powerful reputation of both behind your name. While you are here, you will find yourself in a strong culture of collaboration, with easy access to faculty and incredibly talented peers. Additionally, you benefit from the huge network of engaged Cornell alumni. 

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