Master's Degree in Labor Studies (M.A.)


Program Description

The 30-credit Master's Degree in Labor Studies (M.A.) draws on the knowledge and methodologies of the social sciences - particularly from the fields of sociology, law, economics, and political science - to examine the issues facing workers in their workplaces and communities.

The program is designed to provide students with skills in critical thinking, research and analysis. Students also develop content knowledge in the areas of history, labor law, organizing, transnational labor issues, politics and public policy.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Master's Degree in Labor Studies are prepared for careers in the areas of organizing, labor rights, enforcement, labor law, social action research, human rights, public policy, non-profit and government service, and graduate studies with a research interest in labor.

The program is offered through CUNY SPS's Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies.

Admission Criteria

All applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A background in labor, related fields, and/or social science is an advantage but is not essential. Applicants are also required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide two letters of recommendation. Applicants who meet the basic eligibility criteria may be asked to take part in an individual interview before final acceptance is determined.

Application Deadlines


Laurie Kellogg