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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Migration and Refugee Studies with concentrations in Migration, and in Refugee Studies (M.A.)

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Master of Arts

The MA program 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, non-governmental and international agencies, as well as universities, research organizations and private corporations dealing with the multitude of issues connected with migration and refugee movements. Students have the option of pursuing concentrations in migration or in refugee studies.

It is possible to work towards the MA in Migration and Refugee Studies with other MAs and Diplomas in the fields of Humanity and Social Sciences simultaneously or sequentially. For more information, see Dual Graduate Degrees under the Academic Requirements and Regulations section: Graduate Academic Requirements & Regulations  


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. Pre-requisites may be assigned, depending on the student’s academic background. Students with related work, research or volunteer experience will be given priority.


For a concentration in migration, students should choose 3 courses from the following electives:

For a concentration in refugee studies, students should choose 3 courses from the following electives:

To take the degree without a concentration, students may choose 3 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 2000 words. After the acceptance of the thesis proposal, students must register for course MRS 5299  “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.

Time Line

Completion of the Masters Degree in Migration and Refugee Studies will normally take 2 years.

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