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    • Diploma in Labour Studies

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    Program length

    • 30 credit hours

Skilled workers

This program will be of interest to private and public sector employees, labour union members and officials, employers and industrial relations practitioners who would benefit from a broad, basic, university-based education in labour relations. It’s a program to provide students with understanding and skills to conduct better labour and industrial relations; and to offer courses in a format available to working people.

Program details

This program is for students residing in Canada who are able to attend classes on the University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus.

Credential: Diploma in Labour Studies

Program length: 30 credit hours in Labour Studies

Minimum passing grade: You must achieve a 2.5 (C+) Grade Point Average (GPA) with a minimum grade of C in each course.

Course requirements: The two required courses, LABR 1260 Working for a Living and LABR 1290 Introduction to the Canadian Labour Movement, are prerequisites for all other courses in the program and must be completed first. Then, students may complete the electives in any order they choose, subject to availability.

Options: You may speed up completion of the program by taking courses during Summer Session. Many courses are offered in an evening time slot.

Dual Credit: Students currently admitted into another faculty at the University of Manitoba, may also apply for the Diploma in Labour Studies.

Graduation: When you’ve met the requirements, the Labour Studies Coordinator will grant final authorization for graduation. Graduation takes place three times each year: February, May/June and October. Although there is no convocation ceremony in February, students may choose to attend the ceremony in May/June. Students must indicate their intent to graduate in Aurora Student or contact us.

Degree Credit: After completion of the Diploma in Labour Studies, students may opt to complete an undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba. All courses from the Labour Studies program are transferable to a degree program in the Faculty of Arts and possibly other faculties. If you have have received external transfer credit towards this diploma program, please note that some faculties and schools may have limitations on possible external transfer credit taken beyond a specified period. This information is described in each faculty chapter of the University of Manitoba Undergraduate Calendar or in the Application Information Bulletin for each faculty.

Program courses

Determine the courses you will need to complete this program.

Required courses

Course number Course name Credit hours
LABR 1260 Working for a Living 3
LABR 1290 Introduction to the Canadian Labour Movement 3


Designated Courses Credit hours
LABR designated courses at the 2000 level 6
LABR designated courses at the 3000 level 18

How to apply

  1. Complete the Application for Diploma in Labour Studies and return as a pdf to

  2. Should your Application for the diploma program be approved by the Labour Studies Coordinator, the link to formally apply to the University of Manitoba, Extended Education, Labour Studies will be emailed to you.

  3. Complete the online Application

  4. Once Admissions receive and views your application and documents, you will receive notification via email that a decision has been made. Follow the link to access your application portal to view the decision. If there is an offer of admission, follow the instructions to accept the offer. You will then be able to access the student registration system called Aurora at 24 hours later.

Register for Your Courses

Find the latest course information and register for your courses on the UM online registration system

For course selection, transfer credit or program requirements questions- contact:

Dr. Jesse Hajer, Acting Coordinator, Labour Studies

For admission, registration, or other inquiries, contact us

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University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

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