Professional Development Program (PDP)

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY USA
June 24 – July 6, 2019

The Professional Development Program (PDP) at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is the premier career-building opportunity for hospitality professionals with a minimum of two years of experience in hospitality or a related field.

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.

PDP offers three-day intensive courses on campus that cover more than 25 areas of expertise. Craft a learning journey to meet your professional goals, learn from renowned faculty, share best practices with a network of international peers, and earn a Cornell credential to advance your career.

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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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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2019 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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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 line-level 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

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 USA