Labour Studies

McMaster University

12 months
11396 CAD/year
4204 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The master degree in Labour Studies , offered by the McMaster University, is concerned with our many and changing worlds of work.


Drawing from ideas and theories from sociology, political science, economics, history, social work, geography and more. Labour Studies also studies labour and social justice movements to assess their demands for workplace, social and political change. This is because students of Labour Studies are not content just to interpret the world; they want to change it! This program is available at McMaster University. 

The programme

Changing structures and dynamics of work in a global era; unions, social movements and change; labour markets and the state; gendered and racialized work; the political economy of workplace health and safety; labour and First Nations; labour and the environment.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Organizational Behaviour 
  • Settlement of Industrial Disputes
  • Social Welfare I: General Introduction
  • Social Work and Social Welfare: Anti-Oppressive Perspectives
  • Sports, Work And Labour
  • Work and Racism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students start in the Social Sciences Level 1 program and apply to the Labour Studies BA Program at the end of their first year. Students must complete the requirements of a Level 1 program including two Level 1 Labour Studies courses
  • Enrolment in the BA is limited. Selection is based on academic achievement, but requires, as a minimum, completion of any Level 1 program with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.5 including a grade of C- or greater in one of LABST 1A03 or 1C03
  • Students who have completed only 3 units of Level I Labour Studies may be considered for conditional admission if space is available and are encouraged to apply

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11396 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5698 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    4204 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2102 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Labour Studies
McMaster University