Education worker unions are at the forefront of the labor movement, pushing for the rights that all workers deserve. The Union Leadership and Activism for Educators – or ULA(Ed) – program is an innovative, limited-residency option for UMass Amherst’s MS in Labor Studies degree designed to help you join the next generation of labor activists in education.

The ULA(Ed) program is the only graduate program of its kind, designed specifically for those with an undergraduate degree and working from pre-kindergarten through higher education.

Here, you’ll gain a deep understanding of labor history with a direct focus on the education sector through courses in public sector labor law, public policy, strategic research, collective bargaining, and more.

The flexible, part-time degree can be completed in 2.5 years, and you can continue working while you obtain your degree. You’ll attend two 10-day, on-campus intensives over the summers and complete 10-week remote courses in the spring semesters.