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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.

Department Contact

Dr. Stephanie Luce

Marie Romani
Administrative Specialist
(646) 313 – 8480

Office Hours
Mon. – Thur.: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Fri.: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Career & Academic Advancement

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.

Admissions Criteria

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 required.

In addition to the admission criteria for graduate degree programs, a background in labor, related fields, and/or social science is an advantage but not essential.

Graduate Student Financial Support

of CUNY SLU post-baccalaureate students graduate debt free

of CUNY SLU graduate students attend with no tuition costs

of graduate students receive debt-free financial support through grants, scholarships and waivers