Programs:

Work and Society

Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Labour Studies

Labour Studies is concerned with our many and changing worlds of work. Drawing from ideas and theories from sociology, political science, economics, history, social work, geography and more. Labour Studies also studies labour and social justice movements to assess their demands for workplace, social and political change. This is because students of Labour Studies are not content just to interpret the world; they want to change it!

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Degree Details

Doctorate (Ph.D.)

The PhD in Labour Studies is the newest component of McMaster University’s School of Labour Studies. The only such degree in North America, this program engages closely and critically with the issues of work and labour in contemporary and historical perspective. The program aims to develop a new generation of scholars prepared to contribute to research leadership in the academy, the community, policy arenas and organizations representing working people. As a small interdisciplinary program, students will enjoy strong mentorship from leading scholars in the field and benefit from the strong union and community connections of faculty.

Areas of Research

PhD graduates will be ready to undertake academic employment as well as research jobs, senior administrative and leadership positions in a range of public, private and non-profit organizations with a focus on work and social justice, such as labour organizations, policy research institutes and think tanks.

Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
Master’s degree or equivalent in any discipline with a minimum A- average grade from an accredited university.
Program Type:
Thesis, Course based
Program Options:
Full-Time, Part-Time
Typical Entry:
September
Typical Deadline:
February 15th

Degree Options

Master of Arts (M.A.)Degree Details

Length:
Course based is one year, thesis may involve up to three additional terms
Required Credential:
Honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline
Program Type:
Thesis, Course based
Program Options:
Full-Time, Part-Time

Doctorate (Ph.D.)Degree Details

Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
Master’s degree or equivalent in any discipline with a minimum A- average grade from an accredited university.
Program Type:
Thesis, Course based
Program Options:
Full-Time, Part-Time