Graduate Diploma in Migration and Refugees Studies

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The Graduate Diploma in Migration and Refugee studies is comprised of the exact same courses of the Masters of Arts (MA). However, unlike the MA that requires the completion of eight courses, the diploma requires the completion of only six courses (4 core courses and 2 electives). Moreover, the diploma does not require the writing of a thesis. The diploma is an option provided by Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) to accommodate the need of those who cannot spend more than one year in the program or are interested to be exposed to the field of migration and refugee studies but are not interested in acquiring an MA. Candidates include holders of MA or PhD in other fields as well as practitioners in the field of migration and refugees studies.

  • The graduate degree 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. It will help Graduates have opportunities with international organizations working in the field of migration and refugees, as well as with grass-root organizations and community-based organizations that provide direct services to migrants and refugees.

  • Completion of the graduate diploma in migration and refugee studies will normally take one year. It does not require the completion of a thesis. 

    Students who finish the diploma can develop it into an MA by taking two extra required courses from the MA program and completing a thesis.


  • Applicants seeking admission to the graduate diploma should have an undergraduate degree of high standing (the equivalent of a B grade or higher) within the field of humanities and/or social sciences and pass the University’s language proficiency exam. Prerequisites may be assigned, depending on the individual student’s academic background. Students with related work, research, or volunteer experience will be given priority. 

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