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Master of Arts in Labor Studies
Effective Fall 2018, the Murphy Institute will become the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and the MA in Labor Studies will no longer be offered at the CUNY School of Professional Studies.
The MA in Labor Studies degree program draws from the fields of sociology, law, history, economics, political science and labor relations to examine the opportunities and challenges facing workers and their organizations. The program strengthens the ability of students to advocate for equity and social justice in their communities and workplaces. Students develop critical thinking, analytical and leadership skills, while learning about labor law, organizing, collective bargaining, international perspectives, labor relations and strategic research.
Courses are offered at the Murphy Institute, which sponsors frequent events that provide students with opportunities for networking with today’s leading intellectuals and activists.
The program is offered through CUNY SPS's Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies.
Career and Academic Prospects
Students and graduates of the MA in Labor Studies degree work in many areas, including labor and community organizing, labor law enforcement, labor relations, social action research, human rights, public policy, and non-profit and government service. Some students pursue graduate studies in labor and related disciplines.
The Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor Program is dedicated to the purpose of fostering diverse leadership in the labor movement and in the academic discipline of labor studies. MA in Labor Studies applicants are eligible to apply to the Diversity Scholarship and receive a two-year scholarship of up to $30,000, pro-rated on the basis of enrollment status. Click here to learn more about the scholarship, eligibility requirements, and application process.
Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide two letters of recommendation. An individual interview may be necessary.