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A conversation about workers, communities, and social justice

The 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 2015-2016 academic year.

The Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor 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 2015 Scholarship Application is now available online here. Please contact Murphy Scholarship Coordinator Janet Leslie with any questions at or visit the Scholarship FAQ page here.

The application deadline has been extended to April 30, 2015.