Industrial and Labor Relations

2014-15 Tuition

Research degree: $20,800; professional degree: $30,785

Application deadlines

MS/PhD: Jan. 1; MILR: Fall, Jan. 1 (round 1) Feb. 15 (round 2); Spring, Oct. 15.; M.P.S. ILR NYC: June 1

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

Degrees

  • M.I.L.R.
  • M.P.S.
  • M.P.S.(I.L.R.)
  • M.S.
  • M.S./Ph.D.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Human Resources (M.P.S.)
  • Industrial and Labor Relations (M.S., M.S./Ph.D., Ph.D., M.I.L.R., M.P.S.(I.L.R.))

Major concentrations

  • collective representation (M.I.L.R. only)
  • dispute resolution (M.I.L.R. only)
  • human resource management
  • human resource studies (M.S./Ph.D. only)
  • human resources and organizations (M.I.L.R. only)
  • international and comparative labor
  • labor market policy (M.I.L.R. only)
  • labor relations, economics, and organizational behavior
  • labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only)
  • organizational behavior (M.S./Ph.D. only)

Minor concentrations

  • labor economics
  • social statistics

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).

The M.I.L.R.
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 from a U.S. institution may be able to obtain 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.).

The M.P.S.
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: 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.

Minors
Labor Economics and 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.

John Abowd -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; labor economics; Research interests: labor economics; international and comparative labor
Chistopher Anderson -- Concentrations: labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: labor relations, law and history
Samuel Bacharach -- Concentrations: organizational behavior (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: organizational behavior
Rosemary Batt -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; human resource studies (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: human resource studies; international and comparative labor
Elena Belegolovsky -- Concentrations: human resources and organizations (M.I.L.R. only); human resource studies (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests:
Bradford Bell -- Concentrations: human resource studies (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: human resource studies
Marya Besharov -- Concentrations: organizational behavior (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: organizational behavior
John Bishop -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; human resource studies (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: human resource studies; international and comparative labor
Francine Blau -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; labor economics; Research interests: labor economics; international and comparative labor
George Boyer -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; labor economics; Research interests: labor economics; international and comparative labor
John Bunge -- Concentrations: Research interests: economics and social statistics
M. Diane Burton -- Concentrations: human resource studies (M.S./Ph.D. only); organizational behavior (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: human resources
Christopher Collins -- Concentrations: human resource studies (M.S./Ph.D. only); organizational behavior (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: organizational behavior; human resources studies
Alexander Colvin -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: collective bargaining; labor history; labor law
Maria Cook -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: collective bargaining; labor law; labor history; international and comparative labor
Jefferson Cowie -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: collective bargaining; labor law; labor history; international and comparative labor
Ileen Devault -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: collective bargaining; labor law; labor history; international and comparative labor
Thomas Diciccio -- Concentrations: labor economics; Research interests: economics and social statistics
Lisa Dragoni -- Concentrations: human resources and organizations (M.I.L.R. only); human resource studies (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: human resources
Lee Dyer -- Concentrations: human resource studies (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: human resource studies
Ronald Ehrenberg -- Concentrations: labor economics; Research interests: labor economics
Gary Fields -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; labor economics; Research interests: international and comparative labor; labor economics
Matthew Freedman -- Concentrations: labor economics; Research interests: labor economics
Elias Friedman -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; Research interests: international and comparative labor
Michael Gold -- Concentrations: labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); dispute resolution (M.I.L.R. only); Research interests: collective bargaining; labor law; labor history; dispute resolution
Jack Goncalo -- Concentrations: organizational behavior (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: organizational behavior
Kate Griffith -- Concentrations: labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests:
James Gross -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); dispute resolution (M.I.L.R. only); Research interests: collective bargaining; labor law; labor history; dispute resolution; international and comparative labor
Kevin Hallock -- Concentrations: human resources and organizations (M.I.L.R. only); human resource studies (M.S./Ph.D. only); labor economics; Research interests: compensation, employee benefits; discrimination; education (organization and systems); executive compensation; human resources; incentives and performance; labor economics; wage differentials and inequality; wage systems
Tove Hammer -- Concentrations: organizational behavior (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: organizational behavior
John Hausknecht -- Concentrations: human resources and organizations (M.I.L.R. only); human resource studies (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: human resources; motivation; organizations; staffing and selection; employee retention
Richard Hurd -- Concentrations: labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: collective bargaining; labor law; labor history
Robert Hutchens -- Concentrations: labor economics; Research interests: labor economics
Louis Hyman -- Concentrations: labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: labor relations, law, and history
George Jakubson -- Concentrations: labor economics; Research interests: labor economics
Lawrence Kahn -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); labor economics; Research interests: labor economics; collective bargaining; labor law; labor history; international and comparative labor
Harry Katz -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); dispute resolution (M.I.L.R. only); Research interests: collective bargaining; labor law; labor history; international and comparative labor; dispute resolution
Sarosh Kuruvilla -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); dispute resolution (M.I.L.R. only); Research interests: collective bargaining; labor law; labor history; international and comparative labor, dispute resolution
Edward Lawler -- Concentrations: organizational behavior (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: organizational behavior
Risa Lieberwitz -- Concentrations: labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: collective bargaining; labor law; labor history
David Lipsky -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); dispute resolution (M.I.L.R. only); Research interests: collective bargaining; labor law; labor history; international and comparative labor, dispute resolution
Lisa Nishii -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; human resource studies (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: human resource studies; international and comparative labor
Chris Riddell -- Concentrations: labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: labor relations, law, and history
Brian Rubineau -- Concentrations: organizational behavior (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: organizational behavior
Nicholas Salvatore -- Concentrations: labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: collective bargaining; labor law; labor history
Ronald Seeber -- Concentrations: labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); dispute resolution (M.I.L.R. only); Research interests: collective bargaining; labor law; labor history; dispute resolution
Wesley Sine -- Concentrations: organizational behavior (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: organizational behavior
Robert Smith -- Concentrations: labor economics; Research interests: labor economics
William Sonnenstuhl -- Concentrations: organizational behavior (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: organizational behavior
Pamela Tolbert -- Concentrations: organizational behavior (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: organizational behavior
Lowell Turner -- Concentrations: international and comparative labor; labor relations, law, and history (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: collective bargaining; labor law; labor history; international and comparative labor
Paul Velleman -- Concentrations: Research interests: economic and social statistics
Martin Wells -- Concentrations: Research interests: economic and social statistics
Michele Williams -- Concentrations: organizational behavior (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests: organizational behavior
Emily Zitek -- Concentrations: human resources and organizations (M.I.L.R. only); human resource studies (M.S./Ph.D. only); organizational behavior (M.S./Ph.D. only); Research interests:

ASSESSMENT OF THE ILR MS/PhD PROGRAM

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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