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Graduate Programs

Canada's leading program studying contemporary work, workers and social justice movements. We offer both an exceptional master's program as well as North America's on PhD in Labour Studies.


The School of Labour Studies conducts cutting-edge research on domestic and international labour issues. We are leaders in community-engaged scholarship, collaborating with unions, community organizations and policy-makers. Our research helps make work better for everyone.

Undergraduate Programs

An interdisciplinary program where work is studied as one component of a larger life experience that includes family life, community relations, gender relations, and state policy.

Certificate Programs

The world of labour is constantly changing. The School of Labour Studies has partnered with the Hamilton District Labour Council and Unifor to offer unique labour studies certificates designed to provide the most current labour education.

Latest News & Events

(VIRTUAL) Labour Studies x Sociology Speaker Series: Dr. Maureen Kihika

Black Caregivers, Border Regimes and (Un)Belonging in Canada: 'Everyday' Life as Resistance in the Workplace
Jan 31, 2023

Labour Studies x Sociology Speaker Series: Dr. Evelyn Encalada Grez

Life and Work Across Borders and Seasons: The Transnational Lives of Mexican Migrant Farmworker Women in Canada
Oct 03, 2022

Labour studies students detail the challenges of contemporary work in a new short film

McMaster Labour Studies students examine issues in the contemporary workplace including burnout and work-life balance.
Aug 19, 2022

Analysis: Collectivism — not individualism — is the path to reducing social and economic inequality

Peggy Nash of Toronto Metropolitan University and Stephanie Ross of McMaster University were published in The Conversation.
Jun 07, 2022

Salsa Sarhan receives the 2022 Rudy Heinzl Award

You may know her as the president of the MSSS, but Salsa is also extremely dedicated to community service. Recently, she received the prestigious Rudy Heinzl Award from the MSU. In this Q&A, she talks about the win and what motivates her to leave a lasting impact at McMaster and the Hamilton community.
Apr 11, 2022

Meet some of our extraordinary YWCA Women of Distinction nominees

Trailblazing students and inspiring staff, faculty and community members: McMaster is proud to be associated with so many nominees for this year’s YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction awards. Here are the extraordinary women in our community who have been recognized this year. The awards were announced March 3. The School of Social Work would like to acknowledge the amazing women on this list who are associated with the School! Heartfelt congrats to all.
Mar 13, 2022