Certificate in Labor Studies

Format: On Campus

Effective Fall 2018, the Murphy Institute will become the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and the Certificate in Labor Studies will no longer be offered at the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

The Certificate in Labor Studies is designed for individuals who want to study the social, political and cultural impact that the organization of work has on employees and their communities. The certificate offers students an understanding of work, workers and labor organizations.

Career Prospects

The program provides students with skills and knowledge in the areas of labor history, politics, economics, and organizing. It helps prepare students for careers in 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. Learn more about Union Semester.

Admissions Criteria

Candidates for admission to undergraduate level certificate programs must possess a high school diploma or a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma from New York State (also known as TASC or GED). 

Application Deadlines

Applications for Fall 2018 are due by July 19, 2018

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Recent News About Certificate in Labor Studies

Award ceremony

The Murphy Institute Founder and Director Gregory Mantsios Receives Corporate Social Responsibility Distinction from City & State New York

October 30, 2017

Gregory Mantsios, founder and director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, was recognized by City & State New York with the Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Labor and Law.