Saturday, August 8, 2009

M.A. in Labor Studies at CUNY Murphy Institute for Labor Studies

The Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor
Studies was established in collaboration with New York City
labor unions and the City University of New York.

About the new M.A. in Labor Studies The Master of Arts in Labor Studies is offered by the the Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies and the School of Professional Studies. Labor Studies,
broadly defined as the study of work, workers and workers'
organizations, is increasingly relevant for professionals in
the labor movement and in labor-related fields who must
keep up with the intellectual demands posed by a rapidly
changing and ever-more complex global economy and culture.

In order to meet these demands, the curriculum of this new
M.A. program is interdisciplinary and comprehensive in scope,
drawing from sociology, economics, history, global studies,
political science, and cultural studies. It is grounded in current
economic and social conditions and informed by historical
analyses of work, workers and workers' institutions, nationally
and globally.

The degree prepares students for effective leadership in the labor movement; gives those in labor-related fields specialized knowledge; and provides opportunities for advanced scholarship in many areas of social science. Students in the Master of Arts in Labor Studies will study
with renowned faculty from across The City University of
New York as well as with expert practitioners in the field.

Degree Requirements:

To earn the M.A. in Labor Studies, students must complete 30 credits, distributed among seven required courses and three electives..

Labor leaders and allies of organized labor have long acknowledged the need for educated professionals who can develop successful strategies for growth and sustainability.

The goal of the Masters of Arts in Labor Studies is to foster a new population of professional union leadership and staff, as well as to encourage those aspiring to professional careers in labor or related fields.

It is a professional degree that serves the leadership needs of organized labor in New York City and across the nation. Graduates will contribute to shaping the future of New York and other urban centers. Students in this M.A. program will be introduced to a rich and varied intellectual community. They will be challenged by a rigorous curriculum, designed to meet CUNY standards of excellence and innovation in education.

The program requires 30 credits for completion, divided among seven required courses (including a final capstone course) and three out of six electives.

Required Courses:

1. Labor in the Era of Globalization

2. Theories and Perspectives on the Labor Movement

3. Labor and the Economy

4. Research Methods

5. Labor Law

6. Labor-Management Relations

7. Capstone Course


1. U.S. Labor History from 1929 to the Present

2. Issues in Organizing

3. Labor and Politics

4. Comparative Labor Movements

5. Policy Analysis

6. Labor Studies Field Work/Internship

Tuition Rates:

Effective for the fall 2009 semester, New York State residents will pay $310 per credit, and out-of-state residents will pay $575 per credit.
Some students may be eligible for union tuition benefits.

To speak with a Murphy Institute admissions representative
about this program and the application process,
please call: (212) 827-0200.

The Murphy Institute is part of the
School for Professional Studiesand the Graduate School and University CenterThe City University of New York

25 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036-7406
Tel: 212.827.0200 Fax: 212.827.5955

65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11367
Tel: 718.997.3060 Fax: 718.997.3069

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