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.

Labor Studies: graduate degree and certificate programs that examine the opportunities and challenges facing workers and their organizations. The program builds critical thinking, analytical, and leadership skills so that students become more effective advocates for workers’ rights and social justice.

Worker Education/Workforce Development: equips workers with skills and training and provides career pathway programs. It matches the educational needs of workers and union members to academic programs by developing industry-related curricula and providing supportive services to students of the Institute and other units of CUNY.

The Murphy Institute also offers the New York Union Semester and Community Semester NYC, full-time intensive academic internship programs.

Labor Center

The Center for Labor, Community, and Policy Studies brings together academics, public intellectuals, policy makers, journalists, artists and union and community leaders and activists to examine policy and political developments as they affect working people, the domestic and global economy and labor markets, and the full range of issues that bear on the social and cultural life of workers and working-class communities.

The Center publishes New Labor Forum, an award-winning national journal, organizes a year-long series of public programming, provides workshops and training promoting civic engagement and leadership development, and conducts research.