Continuing Education

Cornell University is dedicated to making educational and experiential opportunities accessible to the broadest possible range of audiences and participants throughout New York State, our nation, and the world. This is part of our mission, part of our land grant, and part of the role we think every university should serve.

Online Certificate Programs

Cornell offers over 150 professional certificate programs in topic areas ranging from business and leadership, to hospitality, to technology and data science, delivered online through eCornell. These microcredentials provide a great way for lifelong learners across the world to master targeted skills in a few months.

Immersion Programs

For senior professionals seeking an in-depth learning experience, Cornell’s immersion programs, such as the long-running General Manager’s Program and the Food Executive program, provide participants the opportunity to come to campus in Ithaca or New York City to interact directly with Cornell faculty and learn alongside industry peers.

Professional Development Programs for Organizations

With over 400 enterprise partners, Cornell collaborates with organizations in every industry to support employee learning and development. Corporations, government and non-profit enterprises may choose from a broad range of relevant professional programs or design custom solutions, leveraging faculty expertise to address strategic objectives and organizational challenges.

Professional Degree Programs

In addition to traditional graduate degree programs, Cornell offers a variety of part-time online, hybrid and on-campus Master’s degrees tailored to the lives and careers of working professionals. These executive programs provide a unique opportunity to earn a graduate degree while you work. Programs include:

Social Impact Programs

As a federal land-grant institution, Cornell University has a responsibility – unique within the Ivy League – to improve access to education across the globe. The mission is simple: deliver world-class learning experiences to individuals who might otherwise never have to access them. Cornell partners with impact-oriented organizations such as the National Education Equity Lab to create educational equity for people and communities everywhere, providing opportunities to underserved audiences ranging from college and pre-college students to working adults.


Free, live webcasts featuring Cornell faculty, alumni and experts. Open to anyone, Keynotes are a great way to experience Cornell thought leadership on some of today’s most inspiring and of-the-moment topics at no cost.

Extramural For-Credit Courses

Through the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, Cornell offers an extensive catalog of year-round learning opportunities for pretty much anyone: enrolled college students; high school students; Cornell faculty and staff members; Cornell alumni, parents, and friends; local residents. Drawing from all of Cornell's academic units and vast educational resources, these courses provide an opportunity to earn college credits independent of undergraduate and graduate admissions procedures.

ILR Professional Education:

Cornell’s ILR School certificate programs specialize in the workplace spanning HR practices, leadership, labor relations, employee relations, conflict resolution and more. From entry-level to senior leaders, ILR offers expert training for every position. Scholars, researchers and practitioners deliver in-person certificates at ILR’s NYC and Buffalo campuses, or they can be delivered directly to organizations.

Cornell Cooperative Extension

An outgrowth of Cornell's land-grant mission, CCE has educators in each of New York State's 62 counties (including all five New York City boroughs). Working with communities to make experiences and education accessible through a wide variety of means, extension program areas include community development, the environment, agriculture, 4-H youth development, nutrition and health, financial management, and gardening.

Cornell Outdoor Education

COE is the country's largest and most comprehensive collegiate outdoor education program. As a division of COE, Cornell Teambuilding is a nationally recognized leader in the field of experience-based team building and leadership development, offering hands-on training programs at facilities in Ithaca and other locations around the country.

Continuing Medical Education

Weill Cornell Medicine’s Continuing Medical Education program provides lifelong educational opportunities for physicians, keeping them current with the latest developments in medicine. The college is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

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