The Murphy Institute began over 30 years ago as a partnership between the City University of New York and New York City labor unions. It has since grown into one of the most prestigious and well-regarded programs of its kind, continuing to serve the higher education needs of working adults and traditional-aged students in their pursuit of advancement within the framework of labor, urban, social, economic, and political issues. The Institute is named for Joseph S. Murphy, a former University Chancellor and tireless advocate for working people and the labor movement.
Murphy offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate programs in Labor Studies at our mid-town campus. These include CUNY’s only MA degree in Labor Studies, MA degree in Urban Studies, BA degree in Urban and Community Studies, Certificates and Advanced Certificates in Public Administration and Public Policy, Health Care Policy and Administration and Union Semester, a full-time academic internship program for college undergraduates and graduates and Workforce Development programs providing students with opportunities to obtain job-related credentials in a range of occupational fields.
In addition to our academic programs, Murphy’s Labor Center is dedicated to research, public programming, and serving the needs of labor and the broader community. The Center also published the prestigious national journal New Labor Forum.
The Murphy Institute is part of CUNY’s School for Professional Studies.
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