The UMass Labor Center MS in Labor Studies combines rigorous study of labor history and current issues into an accelerated residential program. This program requires one year of full-time residency and a final semester of off-campus writing. 

Our program provides skills that labor 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 economic, political, and legal thinking as we explore issues around race, immigration, gender, and the working class in a global economy. 

We are fortunate to be able to offer a limited number of teaching assistantships and internships to cover tuition costs and provide a stipend. Those taking advantage of these opportunities become members of the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO), one of the few graduate student unions in the U.S.