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General Studies

Diploma in Labour Studies

The Diploma in Labour Studies provides a broad educational experience in labour relations and workplace studies, including courses in economics and politics of work, unions and labour relations, employment legislation, labour law, and pensions and benefits. The 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.


Program Objectives

  • 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 Overview

The Diploma program is composed of 30 credit hours in Labour Studies.

Required Courses:

  • LABR 1260 Working for a Living (3 credit hours)
  • LABR 1290 Introduction to the Canadian Labour Movement (3 credit hours)

LABR 1260 and LABR 1290 are prerequisites to all other courses in the program and must be completed as the first two courses with a minimum grade of “C”. Upon successful completion of these two prerequisites, students may complete the electives in any order they choose, subject to availability.


  • 6 credit hours of LABR designated courses at the 2000 level (6 credit hours)
  • 18 credit hours of LABR designated courses at the 3000 level (18 credit hours)

Students are required to complete all 30 credit hours and achieve a 2.5 (C+) Grade Point Average (GPA) with a minimum grade of “C” in each course.

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

Apply to the Program

  1. Complete the Application for Diploma in Labour Studies
  2. Once your Application for Diploma in Labour Studies is approved, the Direct Entry Application will be mailed to you.
  3. Mail, fax or deliver your completed Direct Entry Application to:

General Studies, Extended Education
185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Fax: (204) 272-1626

If you have questions regarding the application process, contact Extended Education to speak to a Student Advisor.

Register for Your Courses

  • All students register for courses using the University of Manitoba online registration system, Aurora Student.
  • The most recent and up-to-date course information can be found on Aurora Student.

Dual Credit

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


Upon completion of the designated 30 credit hours of study, the Labour Studies Coordinator will grant final authorization for graduation. Graduation takes place three times throughout the 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 Extended Education to speak to a General Studies Student Advisor for assistance.

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 Diploma in Labour Studies program are transferable to a degree program in the Faculty of Arts and possibly other faculties. For students who may have received external transfer credit towards the Diploma program, 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.

Contact Information

Admission, registration, or other inquiries:

Extended Education
185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
R3T 2N2
Phone: +1 204 474-8800
Toll Free: 1 888 216-7011
Fax: +1 204 474-7661

Course selection, transfer credit or program requirements:

Dr. David Camfield, Coordinator, Labour Studies Program
Phone: 204-474-6160

Kyla Shead, Office Assistant, Labour Studies Program
Phone: (204) 474-8356