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An Academic Degree for Practitioners

The part-time Master of Professional Studies (MPS) Program offers a unique opportunity for working adults to earn a Master's degree from the leading school of industrial and labor relations in the country, taught by full-time faculty from the main Cornell campus.

To understand the workplace, one must understand how it affects and is affected by individual and collective behavior, internal policies and practices, and the historical, political, and economic environment. Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) integrates management and labor perspectives, giving students a broad-based foundation in the field.

The MPS was created to meet the needs of professionals currently in the workplace who already have work-based expertise, skills, and knowledge. Prospective students might be working in labor relations, human resources, the labor movement, law, consulting, the social sciences, public sector managers, directors and senior administrators of non-profit organizations, etc. The MPS is designed for individuals who have gained practical experience but have not had the opportunity to study the theory and history of industrial and labor relations.

The ILR School at Cornell University is the premier institution for research and education in the fields of labor and human resource studies. It boasts a resident faculty preeminent in such diverse disciplines as collective bargaining, labor history, and labor law; organizational behavior; human resource management; labor economics; and social statistics. The school houses a number of research institutes, including the Institute of Collective Bargaining, the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies, the Institute on Conflict Resolution, the Institute for Labor Market Policies, and the New York City-based Institute for Workplace Studies.


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