Overview and Courses

Offered through Cornell University’s ILR School, the Executive Master of Human Resources program is expressly designed for HR professionals aiming to ascend to executive leadership roles. This advanced degree equips participants with a greater understanding of the crucial connections between business strategy and workforce management. It fosters deep expertise in organizational design, talent development, change leadership, and other fundamental aspects of HR excellence, empowering graduates to drive strategic initiatives and lead transformative change within their organizations.

  • Value Creation and Profitability
  • Change, Disruption and Growth
  • Understanding Financial Statements
  • Aligning HR Strategy with Organizational Strategy
  • Strategic Talent Analytics
  • Leading Strategic Change Initiatives
  • Navigating Power Relationships
  • Getting Results Through Talent Management
  • Strategic Engagement
  • Using Design Thinking in Human Resources
  • Total Rewards Compensation
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Practice
  • Designing Effective Teams
  • Diversity and Cross-Cultural Teams
  • Human Resource Leadership
  • Coaching Skills for Leaders
  • Strategic Decision-Making
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Agile Project Management Approaches
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Labor Relations Strategy and High-Performance Work Systems
  • Managing and Developing Talent
  • Organizational Behavior: Managing Change
  • HR Leadership
  • Global and Comparative Employment Relations
  • Negotiations

How It Works

Flexible Format
15-month part-time program for working professionals

Online Courses
A series of 2-week asynchronous online courses designed by Cornell faculty

Residential Sessions
Three 1-week residencies on campus in beautiful Ithaca, NY


Ariel Avgar
Associate Dean for Outreach
Cornell ILR School
Brad Bell
Cornell ILR School
Vanessa Bohns
Associate Professor
Cornell ILR School
Diane Burton
Cornell ILR School
Christopher Collins
Associate Professor
Cornell ILR School
John Hausknecht
Cornell ILR School
Harry Katz
Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining
Cornell ILR School
Rebecca Kehoe
Associate Professor
Cornell ILR School
JR Keller
Associate Professor of Human Resource Studies
Cornell ILR School
Brian Lucas
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior
Cornell ILR School

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