MA Global Migration and Policy

Tel Aviv University

Program Description

MA Global Migration and Policy

Tel Aviv University


The M.A. in Global Migration and Policy is an interdisciplinary master’s program taught in English that offers students the opportunity to engage critically with national and international issues that are at the forefront of today’s debates around migration and policy. The program is designed for passionate students with strong educational backgrounds, professional drive and, preferably, previous professional or activist experience. Students are first exposed to the main theoretical perspectives and subsequently to the professionally-oriented principles of migration. Led by scholars and practitioners in the field of migration, topics covered in the courses include immigration and citizenship policies; legal and ethical perspectives on refuge and asylum; the labor market integration of immigrants; the challenges of social integration and ethnic identification of the “second generation”; marginalization and discrimination; migration and the environment; and best practices in international development and humanitarian aid, among other subjects. Students gain hands-on experience through fieldwork and are able to specialize in areas of migration according to their personal preferences.

The program is structured so that students can obtain an M.A. degree (via a study track with a thesis or a study track without a thesis) within 2 years. Students in the program can participate in a semester abroad in one of the several exchange programs at universities affiliated with TAU. Further information is available on the program website.

Career Success

A master’s degree in Global Migration and Policy prepares graduates for careers in sectors ranging from government, public policy, diplomacy, non-governmental and grassroots organizations, journalism, to entrepreneurship and social enterprise. Graduates are also excellent candidates for continued doctoral study and research at the world’s top universities.


The interdisciplinary curriculum offered by the Global Migration and Policy MA program provides students an understanding of global and local issues surrounding migration. The courses are divided into semesters, allowing the students to learn gradually and build upon the base of knowledge, delving into more specialized focuses over the course of the studies. In the first semester, the majority of the classes are mandatory, and provide students with a base in research and theoretical tools to support learning throughout the program. Students are trained in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. In the second and third semesters, through a variety of elective courses and applied research projects, students will be challenged to critically examine and analyze their chosen subject areas.


Students must complete a total of 36 credit hours. Please note that course offerings are updated each year, and are subject to change. (R) indicates a required course, (S) indicates a seminar course, and (E) indicates an elective course.

  • Theories of Migration (R)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (R)
  • Comparative Migration and Citizenship Regimes (R)
  • Migration and Civil Society Workshop (S)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (R)
  • Migration, Identity, and Language (R)
  • Migration and the Media (E)
  • Fortified Frontiers in an Era of Globalized Flows (E)
  • Attitudes Towards Immigrants (S)
  • Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Refugees (R)

Exchange Opportunities

Students may participate in semester-long exchange programs at approved universities. For details regarding exchange options contact

Thesis Track

Interested students can write a thesis during the second year of studies. The thesis is an in-depth research study that will culminate in a 15,000-20,000 word paper. Students with a GPA of 85 or higher after the second semester are eligible for the thesis track. In addition, thesis students will need to establish an available faculty member as a supervisor, and approve his/her topic with this professor.


In the field of migration, the Tel Aviv University is home to a prominent group of scholars whose work is recognized internationally. The expertise of faculty members is called upon by national and local government agencies in developing migration and integration policies and to evaluate intervention projects. Members of the faculty are also closely affiliated with civil society organizations and serve on the boards of or hold advisory roles at NGOs that work to improve the conditions of immigrant populations, such as foreign laborers and refugees.

Professors* giving courses in the 2017-2018 academic year include:

  • Prof. Noah Lewin-Epstein
  • Prof. Adriana Kemp
  • Dr. Anastasia Gorodzeisky
  • Dr. Yossi Harpaz

Lecturers* from previous courses include:

  • Dr. Tally Kritzman-Amir
  • Prof. Yossi Shain
  • Dr. Gallya Lahav
  • Dr. Oshrat Hochman
  • Dr. Moshe Semyonov
  • Adv. Avinoam Cohen
  • Adv. Yonatan Berman

Additional lecturers join the program from such collaborations as ERASMUS+ and the Fulbright program.

*Partial list of lecturers


Our program is designed for graduates of accredited institutions of higher education. Enrollment is open to Israeli citizens and international candidates. Preferred candidates will have completed a B.A. in social sciences or related fields (e.g. political science, international relations, law, business, history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology) with a minimum grade of 80 (or equivalent). Under special circumstances, students with other academic backgrounds will be considered as well.

Due to the nature of the subject matter, we seek to compose a diverse group of nationalities as well as diverse fields of interests. Thus, our admissions criteria require information beyond academic records to include a personal essay, and relevant professional experience related to migration.

Application Deadlines

Acceptance Period Deadline Notification
Early Acceptance January 31, 2017 February 28, 2017
Regular Acceptance March 31, 2017 April 30, 2017
Late Acceptance May 31, 2017 June 30, 2017

Costs and funding

Tuition for international students
  • Tuition: $4,585 USD (per year)
  • Service Fees: $780 USD (per year)
  • Application Fee: $100 USD (one-time fee)
Tuition for Israeli citizens *Tuition is set by the university each academic year. Tuition for 2017-2018 is to be determined. For reference, listed below are the tuition and fees for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • 2016-2017 Tuition: ILS 13,643
  • 2016-2017 Registration Fee: ILS 457 2016-2017
  • Service Fee: ILS 812
Confirmation Fee Accepted applicants will be prompted to fill out a Confirmation Form and pay the confirmation fee of $1000 USD. The confirmation fee is considered the first payment of the program's tuition fee, and is subtracted from the total amount due. Scholarships and Financial Aid for International Applicants: TAU International is committed to making education accessible to all students, regardless of financial background. Several sources of funding are available, including need-based tuition assistance, delayed payment plans, and external scholarships. It is recommended that applicants allow at least 6-9 months in advance of the academic year's commencement to begin searching for funding, as many applications are competitive and/or require extra processing time. See the TAU International scholarships page for an extended list of funding options for international applicants. The Global Migration and Policy MA Program is a MASA program. To find out if you are eligible for MASA funding, please refer to the MASA website. TAU also participates in U.S. federal student loan programs. The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) offers scholarships to a select number of students from the following countries: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada (Quebec Province), China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, The Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Republic of Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. Please refer to the MFA website for more information. Scholarships and Financial Aid for New Immigrants to Israel (Olim): Olim receive tuition assistance as part of the benefits package. Refer to the Israel Student Authority website for eligibility details.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated May 26, 2017
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3 semesters
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Israel - Tel Aviv
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