Advanced Certificate in Labor Studies

Format: On Campus

The Advanced Certificate in Labor Studies serves the educational needs of seasoned labor leaders, professional union staff, as well as union members and activists who want to advance their careers and enhance their contributions to the labor movement.

Career Prospects

The program is designed to develop skills and knowledge in the areas of history, organizing, leadership development, transnational labor issues, and public policy. It helps prepare students for careers in the areas of union organizing, public policy, social action research, and law.

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

Union Semester

New York Union Semester is a full-time semester-long program that combines rigorous academic study with first-hand experience within the labor movement. As interns, students learn how unions and labor organizations fight for workers’ rights and analyze the experience they gain in the field by studying the history of and current debates within the U.S. labor movement.

As part of the program, students receive a stipend of $7,000 to cover tuition and living expenses, while interning four days a week at a union or worker-rights organization. During the evenings and all-day on Fridays, students take classes toward a Certificate or Advanced Certificate in Labor Studies. Click here to learn more about Union Semester.

Admissions Criteria

Candidates for admission to advanced certificate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher from an accredited undergraduate institution. A personal statement is also required.

Application Deadlines

Applications for Fall 2017 are due June 15, 2017

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