Cornell/CUNY Certificate in Labor Relations

The Cornell/ CUNY Certificate in Labor Relations offered through an educational partnership between Cornell University ILR School's Worker Institute and CUNY SPS's Joseph S. Murphy Institute, provides NYC area union members, officers and staff with practical knowledge, skills and resources needed to be effective practitioners in the field of labor and industrial relations.

The program is designed to provide students with skills in the areas of collective bargaining, organizing, labor law, arbitration, contract negotiation, organizational administration and leadership development. These skills are useful for careers in union organizing, labor relations, strategic research, employment law and mediation.

The program is offered through CUNY SPS's Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies and credits are awarded through CUNY.


Candidates for admission to undergraduate level certificate programs must possess a high school diploma or a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma from New York State (also known as TASC or GED).

Application Deadline

Applications for Fall 2016 due by July 25, 2016  Apply Now

Program Requirements

16 credits are required for the certificate, as follows:

Academic Support

Every student will have the opportunity to meet with an academic counselor at least once every semester to discuss courses and other issues. Assistance in writing and study skills is also available. Students will also have access to the CUNY library system and on-site computers.

Tuition/Fees and Books

Tuition is $275.00 per credit. There is a one-time admission fee of $70.00 to be enrolled in the program. Each term, there is a $15.00 student activity fee and a $50.00 technology fee. A limited number of partial scholarships are awarded to qualifying students each term. Many unions/employers offer scholarships or tuition reimbursement to their members. Check with your local union or employer.

Limited scholarship assistance is also available from the Cornell ILR School's Worker Institute in the form of partial tuition reimbursement for those who qualify. For more information, email Sherrie Morales at

Evenings Schedule

Classes are held weekday evenings from 6:00 – 9:20 p.m. Each course meets once a week during the 15-week semester.

Degree Options

Students who earn the certificate are eligible for admittance to the Labor Studies BA program at the CUNY-Murphy Institute Center for Worker Education (on 43rd Street) or the BA in Labor Studies at the National Labor College program. Students who currently hold a BA may be interested in the Master's Degree in Labor Studies at the CUNY-Murphy Institute Center for Worker Education.


Classes meet at either the Cornell ILR NYC Conference Center or the CUNY-Murphy Labor Institute.

The Cornell ILR Conference Center is located at 16 East 34th Street, 6th floor, between 5th and Madison in Manhattan.

The CUNY- Murphy Institute is located at 25 West 43rd Street, 19th Floor in Manhattan.


For more information and to register, please email Lia Papathomas or Orson Barzola at 212.340.2871 or email them at