Ph.D.Doctor of Philosophy in Labour Studies
The PhD in Labour Studies is the newest component of McMaster University’s School of Labour Studies. The only such degree in North America, this program engages closely and critically with the issues of work and labour in contemporary and historical perspective. The program aims to develop a new generation of scholars prepared to contribute to research leadership in the academy, the community, policy arenas and organizations representing working people. As a small interdisciplinary program, students will enjoy strong mentorship from leading scholars in the field and benefit from the strong union and community connections of faculty.
PhD graduates will be ready to undertake academic employment as well as research jobs, senior administrative and leadership positions in a range of public, private and non-profit organizations with a focus on work and social justice, such as labour organizations, policy research institutes and think tanks.
The program, which normally takes four years of full-time study, consists of course work, comprehensive examinations and a Dissertation. Students are required to take four courses, of which Methods and Advanced Labour Studies Theory are required. Additional courses are chosen from a list of core Work & Society courses as well as from the disciplines such as Sociology, Political Science, Geography, Social Work, History, etc.
Students from our own MA in Work and Society will be required to complete three graduate level courses beyond the courses they completed during their MA studies. If they complete either the theory or methods Ph.D. requirements as part of the MA, they will need to complete 3 other courses to fulfill the Ph.D. requirements.
- Master’s degree or equivalent in any discipline with a minimum A- average grade from an accredited university.
- Three letters of reference, normally at least two of which are from former university professors.
- A statement of research interests, along with a resume or CV
- For international applicants, an official statement of English language test results equivalent to McMaster’s acceptance levels of the School of Graduate Studies.
- Applications are due February 1st, 2017
TAs will be provided for all full-time students accepted into the PhD. We would encourage students in their fourth year of study to serve as TAs in the new Foundations course being proposed in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Scholarship funding will be provided to all full-time students accepted into the PhD of at least the university minimum provided to students in other McMaster Social Sciences doctoral programs.
Students will be encouraged to apply for all available scholarship opportunities. Where possible and appropriate they will also be hired as research assistants on faculty research grants.
Graduate courses offered by the School of Labour Studies include:
- Class, Gender and Race: Theorizing Work, Home and Society
- Labour Market, the State and Inequality
- Work, Workers and their Workplaces
- Work and Democracy in the Global Society
- Bodies at Work: Politics, Science Law & Occupational Health
- Advanced Labour Studies Theory
- Selected Topics in Work and Society
- Independent Study
- For more information:
Sharon Molnar, School of Labour Studies Graduate Admissions Assistant
905-525-9140 ext. 24692
- 4 Years
- Required Credential:
- Master’s degree
- Program Type:
- Thesis and Course based
- Program Options:
- Full-time, Part-time
- Typical Entry:
- Current Deadline:
- February 15th