Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies (JSMI)

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.

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A conversation about workers, communities, and social justice

Academic Programs

The Institute provides higher education programs in three general categories.

Labor Studies: graduate degree and certificate programs that examine the opportunities and challenges facing workers and their organizations. The program builds critical thinking, analytical, and leadership skills so that students become more effective advocates for workers’ rights and social justice.

Urban Studies: undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs that examine the problems of city dwellers in poor, immigrant, and working-class communities and efforts to address those problems through policy innovations derived from sound research and sharpened through democratic participation.

Worker Education/Workforce Development: equips workers with skills and training and provides career pathway programs. It matches the educational needs of workers and union members to academic programs by developing industry-related curricula and providing supportive services to students of the Institute and other units of CUNY.

The Murphy Institute also offers the New York Union Semester and Community Semester NYC, full-time intensive academic internship programs.

Labor Center

The Center for Labor, Community, and Policy Studies brings together academics, public intellectuals, policy makers, journalists, artists and union and community leaders and activists to examine policy and political developments as they affect working people, the domestic and global economy and labor markets, and the full range of issues that bear on the social and cultural life of workers and working-class communities.

The Center publishes New Labor Forum, an award-winning national journal, organizes a year-long series of public programming, provides workshops and training promoting civic engagement and leadership development, and conducts research.

Murphy Scholarship

The Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor is open to students applying to the MA in Labor Studies program or the BA 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 2.5 GPA, and graduate students must have earned at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their prior undergraduate level work.

The 2016-17 scholarship application is available as a pdf here. The application deadline is April 15, 2016. Please contact Murphy Scholarship Coordinator Janet Leslie with any questions at Janet.Leslie@cuny.edu or visit the Scholarship FAQ page.