The Union Leadership and Activism (ULA) program is an innovative, limited-residency option for UMass Amherst’s MS in Labor Studies degree.

This program is ideal for those who are deeply committed to the labor movement or an adjacent field, such as activists, union officers, worker center employees, and community organizers.

You’ll gain an important grounding in economic, political, and legal thinking as you explore issues around race, immigration, gender, and the working class in a global economy. Our faculty are respected scholars with union experience that allows them to create courses that are both academically strong and practically based.

The flexible, part-time degree can be completed in 2.5 years through four on-campus residencies, allowing you to keep working while you study. During each 10-day residency, you’ll take two courses and complete writing assignments upon returning home.

The MS in Labor Studies is also available through a full-time accelerated option and through the Union Leadership and Activism Partial Residency for Education Workers.