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The UMass Amherst Labor Center is now accepting applications for our accelerated Master’s degree in Labor Studies. Students complete the program with only one year of full-time residency and a final semester of off-campus writing.

Theory, Politics, Practice 

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.


Fall Semester 1: three (3) courses
Spring Semester: three (3) courses 
Summer: two (2) courses during 10-day intensive July session
Fall Semester 2: Capstone paper and writing for Summer courses

Graduate Student Union

We are fortunate to be able to offer a limited number of teaching assistantships and internships. These positions cover tuition costs and provide a stipend. Students with assistantships and internships are members of the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO), a union affiliated with the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2322. Formed in 1987, GEO is one of only a few graduate student unions across the country.