CMRS graduate degrees are among the most attractive graduate degrees for international as well as Egyptian students at AUC.

The diversity of students and faculty members is a strength of the program, bringing people together from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and North and South America. A unique and rewarding element of the program is the opportunity students have to work within the refugee and migrant community by participating in the Center’s
research, training, and outreach. Many students also participate in Student Action for Refugees,  a student-run organization working with refugees to improve their lives in Cairo by providing language and art classes and organizing awareness-raising activities and events.

Applicants seeking admission to either the MA or the Diploma should have an undergraduate degree of high standing (equivalent to a B average grade or higher) and should also meet the University’s language proficiency requirements.

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The MA requires the successful completion of eight courses (24 credit hours), consisting of five required courses and three electives. The Graduate Diploma requires the successful completion of six courses (18 credit hours), consisting of four required courses and two electives. Electives can be chosen from a list of electives offered by the Center each semester. 

All MA students must complete a thesis per University regulations. A thesis is not required for the Diploma. However, students who complete the Diploma may request the Center’s permission to develop it into an MA by taking the two extra required courses and completing a thesis.

CMRS offers the possibility, in some instances, of doing another MA or Diploma at AUC alongside the CMRS MA or Diploma, with up to four courses (12 credits) being double-counted between the two degrees.

Completion of the MA in Migration and Refugee Studies normally takes two years full time while completion of the Graduate Diploma normally takes one year full time.



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Master of Arts in Migration and Refugee Studies (MA)

The MA in migration and refugee studies is an interdisciplinary degree program with a thesis track, which requires the completion of eight courses, that aim 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.
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Graduate Diploma in Migration and Refugees Studies

The Graduate Diploma in Migration and Refugee studies is a non-thesis track program, comprised of the exact same courses as the Masters of Arts (MA). However, unlike the MA which requires the completion of eight courses, the diploma requires the completion of only six courses (4 core courses and 2 electives).
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