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 may be able to obtain an 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.