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Doctor of Philosophy in Labour Studies

The only such degree in North America, the PhD 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.

Ph.D.Doctor of Philosophy in Labour Studies

The only such degree in North America, the PhD 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 Labour Studies courses as well as from the disciplines such as Sociology, Political Science, Geography, Social Work, History, etc.

PhD students who completed an MA in Labour Studies at McMaster are required to take four graduate level courses, two of which are Labour Studies courses and including Advanced Labour Studies Theory if it was not taken previously.

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in any discipline with a minimum A- average grade from an accredited university.
  • Three academic references from former university professors.
  • A statement of research interests, along with a resume or CV.
  • Official up-to-date transcript(s) showing degrees completed. Unofficial student record transcripts will not be accepted. 
  • Students accepted 'conditionally' must finish all MA requirements and provide proof of completion before the end of September.
  • International applicants whose education was not received in English must provide proof of English equivalent to McMaster's School of Graduate Studies acceptance levels:  https://future.mcmaster.ca/admission/language-2/
  • Complete Application deadline: January 31st.
  • All full-time PhD candidates will be offered a minimum level of funding for four years from a combination of sources including Teaching Assistantships.
  • Scholarships, Bursaries and Research Assistantships.
  • Students are encouraged to apply for all internal and external scholarships.
  • Once admitted, students will be required to apply for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship annually, if not already an award recipient.
  • http://sfas.mcmaster.ca/category/scholarships/

Tips for successful applications:

  • Contact a potential supervisor in Labour Studies prior to submitting an application to ensure that they are taking students and to gauge their interest in your proposed project. Eligible supervisors include all core Labour Studies faculty members (not including associate members)
  • Write an effective research statement. An effective research statement includes:
    • A clear research question
    • Rationale for the research question
    • A clear research plan and methodology
    • How your background (including education and work/volunteer experience) prepares you to do the research.
    • Why the School of Labour Studies at McMaster is the right place for you to pursue the above research question.
    • If you need further advice, seek advice from a mentor from your previous school/program.

PhD courses offered by the School of Labour Studies include:

  • Advanced Labour Studies Theory (mandatory)
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Methods (mandatory for all MA and PhD students in Labour Studies)
  • PhD students may also choose from the MA courses offered in The School of Labour Studies
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For more information:
Sharon Molnar, School of Labour Studies Graduate Admissions Assistant
KTH-717
905-525-9140 ext. 24692
molnars@mcmaster.ca
Length:
4 Years
Required Credential:
Master’s degree
Program Type:
Thesis and Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
January 31