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Labour Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #72 (WUR) Hamilton, Canada
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. 

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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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.
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Living costs for Hamilton

  • 1163 - 1630 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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