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MPS in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights

MPS in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights

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.

MPS Cohort

The deadline for applications for the next academic year is in March. 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.

Important Dates

MPS Priority Deadline*
January 31, 2022
MPS Application Deadline
March 7, 2022
Acceptance Decision
April 1, 2022
Students Arrive on Campus
mid-August 2022
Fall Semester Classes Begin
August 22, 2022
Fall Semester Ends
December 16, 2022
Spring Semester Begins
January 9, 2023
Spring Semester Ends
May 5, 2023
Summer Internship and Capstone Project
May 8 – August 9, 2023
August 12, 2023

*We encourage interested applicants to send their application materials by the priority deadline to ensure the strongest consideration for acceptance into the program.

For more information about the goals and curriculum of the program, write to Erin Hetzel.