The Murphy Institute

he Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies offers higher education programs for working adults and union members, and serves as a resource center to labor, academic, and community leaders seeking a deeper understanding of labor and urban issues.

Academic Programs

The Institute provides higher education programs in three general categories.

Labor Studies: undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, examining the world of work, workers, and worker organizations.

Urban Studies: undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs examining urban problems and the policies and practices designed to address those problems.

Workforce Development/Union Specific: opportunities for workers to enroll in occupationally oriented academic programs offered in collaboration with colleges throughout the CUNY system.

The Murphy Institute also offers the New York Union Semester, a full-time intensive academic and internship program.

Labor Center

The Institute conducts research, organizes forums and conferences, offers leadership development programs, and publishes a national journal, New Labor Forum.

Murphy Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for awards of up to $30,000 (graduate students) and up to $20,000 (undergraduate students), which are available for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship is open to students applying to the M.A. in Labor Studies program or the B.A. in Urban and Community Studies program with a concentration in labor studies. Candidates must submit scholarship applications and degree program applications simultaneously. To be eligible, undergraduate students must have earned 60 or more credits at a prior college with at least a 3.0 GPA, and graduate students must have earned at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA in their prior undergraduate level work.

The application deadline is April 14, 2014.

To download the application and for submission instructions, please visit: