The Penn State Master’s of Professional Studies degree in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights program focuses on global workers’ rights, work and gender in the global economy, employment relations system around the world, and strategic corporate research and organizing campaigns.
During the summer months, students participate in an internship with a United States trade union or worker-oriented organization and write a capstone project.
The deadline for applications for the next academic year is in January. Assistantships are available and awarded based on need and the quality of the application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to acquire some complementary support from their trade union, labor federation, or related organization.
MPS Application Deadline
January 31, 2023*
February 2023 – May 2023
Students Arrive on Campus
Fall Semester Classes Begin
August 21, 2023
Fall Semester Ends
December 16, 2023
Spring Semester Begins
January 8, 2024
Spring Semester Ends
May 5, 2024
Summer Internship and Capstone Project
May 6, 2024 – August 9, 2024
August 10, 2024
* To be considered for admission, along with your application, international students must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores or proof of your upcoming test date.
For the admission process, see: Admission.
For the program curriculum, see: Curriculum.
For more information about the goals and curriculum of the program, write to Erin Hetzel.