The Labor Studies program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst puts you right at the center of the issues and debates around labor, work, and social justice. Labor is changing. As the attacks on labor have intensified, unions have been taking bold new directions. They have also combined efforts with a wide variety of alt-labor organizations, building strong connections with new social movements in broad-based coalitions for justice. Become one of our graduates who is at the forefront of many of these exciting developments to build justice and dignity in the workplace and the community, here and abroad.
We provide skills that activists need — hands-on skills in organizing, strategic corporate research, and bargaining — as well as the theory and analytical frameworks to think critically about issues facing working people and their movements today. Our curriculum provides an important grounding in the economic, political, and legal thinking as we interrogate issues around race, immigration, gender, and the working class in a global economy.
How the New Accelerated Degree Works
Once accepted, students will take three (3) courses in their first Fall semester. During the winter break, they will attend two (2) graduate courses in our ten-day intensive January session, along with students in our limited residency (ULA) program. They will then complete the paper for these courses during the Spring semester. They will also enroll for two (2) classes in the Spring semester. Finally, students complete their course requirements by taking two (2) classes in a ten-day intensive July session. The papers for July courses are due at the end of the Fall semester, with students receiving their degree the following February. After students complete their July session coursework, they could obtain an internship, work on research, or begin working. Students may be able to extend their studies beyond the accelerated time-frame.
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- Labor Law
- U.S. Labor History
- Labor in the U.S. Economy
- Labor Research
- Collective Bargaining
- 12 months
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DisciplinesEconomics Sociology Political Science View 405 other Masters in Economics in United States
- A personal statement that should include a discussion of your interest in our program, your background and experience, and your career goals. Tell us: Why is Labor Studies at UMass Amherst the right program for you?
- Official transcripts from all previous universities where you completed at least nine credits.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- International students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required but will be considered if submitted.
International20080 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 10040 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
National20080 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 10040 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
In-State9342 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 4671 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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