Ithaca, NY USA
The Professional Development Program (PDP) at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is the premier career-building opportunity for hospitality professionals to meet their professional goals, learn from renowned faculty, share best practices with a network of international peers, and earn a Cornell credential to advance their career.
We are currently redesigning the Professional Development Program to address evolving industry challenges and to meet the needs of today’s hospitality professional. A new program design will be announced in the fall of 2020. Click “Request Info” to be the first to learn about our new offering.
“The quality of the students, faculty, and material far exceeded my expectations. Every topic was well discussed, skills were practiced, and there were even opportunities to present. Make sure you get to know your classmates – mine were incredible!”
-Will Finnell, Vision Hospitality Group
In an industry that is ever-changing, you, too, must continue to grow and evolve in order to stay on top. To be successful, you must anticipate the future of your industry and be able to effectively understand and incorporate cutting-edge best practices into your organization.
Gain Skills. Earn a Credential. Grow Your Career.
each course is an immersive learning experience
credentials demonstrate your skills and expertise
upskill efficiently and effectively across different disciplines
engage in global networking with diverse points of view
Certifications & Courses
The Cornell PDP offers certifications recognized around the world. Most certification sequences are composed of four sharply focused courses and most can be completed in a single year or in as many as four years.
Build your schedule online with Cornell’s interactive program-scheduling tool. Review course details, select your start dates, read faculty biographies, and more.
Groups & Organizations
Explore how PDP meets the needs of hospitality groups and organizations, no matter the size. See examples of groups who choose Cornell’s PDP year after year.
Get a glimpse of PDP from the eyes of your participant peers.
- Financial Management
- Food, Beverage, and Restaurant Management
- Human Resource Management
- Property-Asset Management and Real Estate
- Revenue Management
- Strategic Management
"The investment was returned from the moment I arrived." "What a true privilege it was to be in the company of the faculty at Cornell. I found myself amongst a community of next level leaders and innovators sharing rich programming, tremendous knowledge and valuable insight from a unique lens. In addition, the opportunity to meet and connect with professionals from around the globe that are propelling the industry forward was truly invaluable. The investment was returned from the moment I arrived. I will most certainly return again!"Jennifer Findlay, Founder, Core Essence
Returning to Cornell’s Professional Development Program yearly gives hospitality leaders a sustainable way to invest in professional growth.
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