Industrial and Labor Relations M.P.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Industrial and Labor Relations

Program Description

This degree is designed for individuals who are already practitioners, have a minimum of 8-10 years of work experience, and want to retool or redirect their efforts to a specific competency. It is appropriate for international students who wish to obtain training in the general area of industrial and labor relations and for domestic students who are employed in the human resources field and wish to upgrade their skills and understanding. Applicants to this program are typically sponsored by their governments or organizations. This is an unstructured program, without specific prescribed courses, which requires a research project. It is a full-time, in-residence program in Ithaca, NY. Only a small number of students are admitted to the program each year.

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