Master of Arts in labor and policy

General

Program Description

The Master of Arts in labor and policy studies is designed for unionists, human resource professionals, arbitrators, educators, journalists, political activists, lawyers, and those involved in government or private industry. While the program provides a background in American labor relations, labor history, labor law and collective bargaining, the primary concentration is on current problems and policies generated by changes in the global economy, technology, the workforce and the workplace.

For students seeking career advancement, the program also aims to enhance your professional competence and career opportunities by strengthening your communication, analytical and leadership skills.

Program Description

The labor and policy studies program appeals to graduate students employed by unions, business, government and schools, and students active in labor and politics. It is designed to make you more effective in your present position and to prepare you for greater responsibilities or new positions that deal with matters of importance to labor, industrial relations or human resources.

While the program provides you with a background in American labor relations, labor history, labor law and collective bargaining, the concentration is on current problems and policies generated by changes in the global economy, technology, the workforce and the workplace.

The program also aims to enhance your professional competence and career opportunities by strengthening your communication, analytical and leadership skills. It encourages you to use your elective courses, Modes of Inquiry, and a final project to develop an area of specialty. Faculty will help you design your own courses, pursue individual research projects, and develop practicums and internships.

You also have the option to pursue a concentration in human resources management. This innovative program allows you to examine issues related to the changing workforce by studying topics covered in such courses as Compensation, Motivation, and Performance, Promoting Learning Organizations Through Adult Development and Training and Achieving Organizational Effectiveness.

All matriculated students first enroll at the fall or spring residency. All newly matriculated students must take the first two required courses, Policy Studies I and Labor Emphasis Seminar, which start only in the fall and the spring.

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

Founded in 1971, Empire State College, State University of New York, is one of the university's 13 colleges of arts and sciences, accredited by the Middle States Commision on Higher Education. We are ... Read More

Founded in 1971, Empire State College, State University of New York, is one of the university's 13 colleges of arts and sciences, accredited by the Middle States Commision on Higher Education. We are uniquely designed to serve adults pursuing associate, bachelor's and master's degrees. The college offers affordable, SUNY degrees onsite at 35 locations in New York state and abroad, as well as entirely online. You choose how, when and where you will study. When you take courses at Empire State College, you are among the 17,000 adult learners served annually by the college. We offer: Affordable SUNY tuition Degrees that can be tailored to meet your education, career, and personal goals A clear process for assessing and awarding credit for college-level learning from your work and life experience An independent study program, guided by outstanding SUNY faculty mentors, that allows you to study at your convenience "Transfer- friendly" policies Student online library and study resources In recent SUNY student surveys, Empire State College consistently ranks #1 in student satisfaction. Our online degree programs are industry leaders with more than 300 courses available. Our 53,000 graduates are proud that their degrees are current, relevant and marketable, often leading to promotions, new employment or master's degree studies. Read less
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