MA in Global Migration and Policy

Tel Aviv University

Program Description

MA in 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 the 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.


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 Materials and Requirements

Visit the program website for application requirements.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Oct. 2019
2 years
5,365 USD
per year
Israel - Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District
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Oct. 2019
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