Cornell University
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.

The global industry leader in the business of hospitality.



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


Join the largest community of hospitality Cornellians in the world.

Certification holders are granted the opportunity to join the Cornell Hotel Society, a global network of Cornell alumni. With over 50 chapters around the world, the CHS member network offers networking, industry engagement, recruitment opportunities and more.

Cornell Hotel Society

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.

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2020 Schedule

Build your schedule online with Cornell’s interactive program-scheduling tool. Review course details, select your start dates, read faculty biographies, and more.

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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.

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Who Should Apply?

Participants from around the world find that the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration delivers the most sophisticated executive-education courses to the hospitality industry. From department managers to senior executives, PDP is certain to provide lifelong learning opportunities necessary to advance business and personal success.

Led by Cornell faculty and industry leaders, participants are able to apply this unique experience immediately in their daily activities. Interaction and networking with colleagues from around the globe is a unique and integral component of the program.

Want to know more? Take a look at Frequently Asked Questions.

Get a glimpse of PDP from the eyes of your participant peers.

Fields of Study

  • Financial Management
  • Food, Beverage, and Restaurant Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Property-Asset Management and Real Estate
  • Revenue Management
  • Strategic Management

Jennifer Findlay

"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

News & Highlights

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January 7, 2020

PDP gives hospitality leaders education, development, and support throughout their careers

Returning to Cornell’s Professional Development Program yearly gives hospitality leaders a sustainable way to invest in professional growth.

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May 30, 2019

Executive education food and beverage courses embrace new trends

To take your foodservice career further, you can join SHA faculty for executive education classes on optimizing food and beverage program profits.

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February 21, 2019

How are you tackling big data and analytics?

Cornell offers three executive education options for professionals looking to improve their data analytics skillsets for an immediate career impact.

Contact Us

Cornell Executive Education

Phone: 607.255.4919
Fax: 607.277.0517

Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
209 Dryden Road, 4th Fl.
Ithaca, NY 14850 UdA