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ULA Curriculum and Course Offerings

To complete a Master of Science in Labor Studies through the Union Leadership and Administration program, students must complete thirty-six (36) credit hours. Students complete a number of required courses and choose from a variety of electives offered. Thirty credits, or ten courses, are completed by students during five ten-day residencies held during July and January at the University of Massachusetts. Students take two required courses in their first July residency, and take one required course and one elective during each other residency.


Six (6) additional credits are fulfilled by completing a final project as an independent study, with no campus residency required. Students normally complete their degrees in three years.


Required courses include:

Collective Bargaining

Labor in the U.S. Economy

Labor Law

Labor Research Methods


U.S. Labor History


Electives include:

Comparative Labor Movements

Labor and Community

Labor and Globalization

Labor and Immigration

Labor and Politics

Human Resource Management for Union Leaders

Labor and the Media

Labor Education

Occupational Safety and Health

Labor and Public Policy

Public Sector Labor Relations

Social Movements

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