In its 90th year, the Professional Development Program (PDP) at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is a series of three-day courses offered in the summer on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York, USA. Certifications and courses are geared toward hospitality professionals who have a minimum of two years experience in the hospitality industry or a related field.

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY USA
June 25 - July 7, 2018

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

Explore the answers to your questions about the fields of study offered, the PDP application process, Cornell faculty representation, fees and beyond. 

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2018 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.

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

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