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How to Apply to the Program

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. The program is open to union leaders, staff, and members, as well as labor activists.

Applicants will need to complete a Graduate School application. You can apply online at, then click on the link for "Prospective Students." 


You will need to submit all undergraduate and graduate transcripts from institutions where you have taken nine or more credits. If you think the transcripts we will receive are not accurate indicators of your academic abilities, tell us why.

You must also submit at least two recommendations.  People who can speak to your writing and analytical abilities and the specific nature of your union work and your effectiveness would be most helpful. Recommendations, along with all other parts of the application, will be kept confidential. We do not require you to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

We do require a 5-10 page personal statement, outlining the particular challenges your union faces and how your work in the ULA program would equip you deal with these challenges. In this essay please also provide us with an overview your job duties and career goals.


Applications are officially due February 1 for summer admission and October 1 for winter admission, though applications are accepted on a continuing basis. Admission is competitive and space in the program is limited. Applicants can check the status of their application by visiting the Graduate School's web site at  


If you have additional questions about the program or the application procedure, please feel free to contact us.

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