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
Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis. Final deadline: January 31, 2024*
February 2024 – May 2024
Students Arrive on Campus
Fall Semester Classes Begin
August 26, 2024
Fall Semester Ends
December 13, 2024
Spring Semester Begins
January 13, 2025
Spring Semester Ends
May 2, 2025
Summer Internship and Capstone Project
May 12, 2025 – August 13, 2025
August 16, 2025
* 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.