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Migration and Refugee Studies (MA)
Master of Arts
The MA in migration and refugee studies is an interdisciplinary degree program that aims to provide graduates with critical knowledge, research methods and analytical skills of current theoretical, legal, political, economic, social, demographic and psychological issues in migration and refugee studies. The knowledge and skills acquired may be applied in careers within institutions such as governmental, nongovernmental and international agencies, as well as universities, research organizations and private corporations dealing with the multitude of issues connected with migration and refugee movements. 

Admission
Applicants seeking admission to the master’s program should have an undergraduate degree of high standing (equivalent of a B grade or higher) within the field of humanities and/or social sciences and meet the University’s language proficiency. Prerequisites may be assigned based on the student’s academic background.

Course Requirements

The MA program requires the successful completion of eight courses (24 credit hours). All students must take the following five core courses:

MRS 507/5200 - Introduction to Migration and Refugee Studies (3 credits)

MRS 518/5201 - International Refugee Law (3 credits)

MRS 500/5202 - Migration and Refugee Movements in the Middle East and North Africa (3 credits)

MRS 501/5203 - International Migration and Development (3 credits)

MRS 576/5204 - Research Methods in Migration and Refugees Studies (3 credits)

For a concentration in migration, students should choose three courses from the following electives:

MRS 504/5104 - Gender and Migration (3 credits)

MRS 508/5208 - Special Topics in Migration and Refugee Studies (3 credits)

(When relevant to migration)

MRS 509/5209 - Migration, Integration and Citizenship (3 credits)

MRS 528/5228 - Migration in International Law (3 credits)

MRS 584/5284 - Practicum: Internship or Research (3 credits)

(Supervised internship with organization working on migration issues)

With center approval, students may take a course offered by another department or center.

For a concentration in refugee studies, students should choose three courses from the following electives:

MRS 512/5112 - Psychosocial Issues in Forced Migrants (3 credits)

MRS 505/5205 - Palestinian Refugee Issues (3 credits)

MRS 508/5208 - Special Topics in Migration and Refugee Studies (3 credits)

(When relevant to refugee studies)  

MRS 584/5284 - Practicum: Internship or Research (3 credits)

(Supervised internship with organization working on refugee issues)

With center approval, students may take a course offered by another department or center.

To take the degree without a concentration, students may choose three courses from any of the electives listed above.

Thesis Requirements

All students must complete a thesis according to University regulations. Before commencing work on the thesis, the student must present a thesis proposal for approval by CMRS. The thesis proposal should comprise a research question, including a set of hypotheses, the sources of information and an outline of the research method to be used, and should not exceed 2,000 words. After the acceptance of the thesis proposal, students must register for course MRS 599: Research guidance and thesis. After the completion of the thesis, it must be defended in an oral examination during which questions may be asked regarding any aspect of the thesis itself or of courses taken in the program particularly as they may relate to the thesis.

Timeline
Completion of the master's degree in migration and refugee studies will normally take two years.

For detailed information on admission to the University, please visit graduate admission website where you can also download the application pack.