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Industrial and Labor Relations Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Industrial and Labor Relations

Program Description

Candidates select major and minor subjects from the following areas: human resource studies; international and comparative labor; labor relations, law and history; and organizational behavior. One minor is selected from outside the ILR Field of Study.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-1522

218 Ives Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • 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)



Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Jan. 2

Requirements Summary:

  • all Graduate School Requirements
  • two academic recommendations (Letters of Recommendation must be uploaded with the online application. Letters submitted to the field directly via mail or email will not be accepted).
  • GRE general test or GMAT
  • TOEFL (for international applicants)
  • Resume

Learning Outcomes

The field of Industrial and Labor Relations is multi-disciplinary focusing broadly on work and employment relationships from a variety of social science perspectives, including political science, history, sociology, psychology, and economics. The ILR MS/PhD is a research based program designed to train the next generation of scholars in Industrial and Labor Relations. The field comprises four departments: Department of Organizational Behavior, Department of Human Resource Studies, Department of Labor Relations, History, and Law, and the Department of International and Comparative Labor.  The field admits MS/PhD students to one of these departments and students select the chair of their select committee from the department to which they are admitted. Upon completion of the MS/PhD program students are very successful in securing tenure-track positions at leading colleges and universities in the US and internationally. Recent graduates, for example, hold academic positions at John Hopkins University, Washington University, New York University, Harvard University, Rutgers University, University of Illinois, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, University of Toronto, Cardiff University, University of Singapore, London School of Business, University of British Columbia, University of Montreal, and University of London. 

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