Program Details

The Master of Arts in Migration Studies is a two-year, 31-unit program that begins each fall. Students are given the option to study at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City (classes are conducted in English) during the second semester, but an identical curriculum is offered at USF. Students who study in Mexico City return to USF for their second year. The program consists of five core courses, four special topics courses, and four research seminars. Summer fieldwork and immersion trips are available, including opportunities offered worldwide by the more than 200 Jesuit universities and Jesuit-affiliated institutes and social service agencies.

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Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Critically analyze the theories, concepts, and research findings in migration studies from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  2. Evaluate the role of governments and civil society organizations in community representation, policy creation, and resource allocation in relation to migration and mobility.
  3. Apply knowledge of the humane, legal, and political characteristics of migration as a social reality and create related social interventions.
  4. Plan, generate and interpret a research study on an important issue in migration studies.
  5. Develop field studies among migrant communities to understand realities, dynamics, and logic of migration.


31 units

The Master in Migration Studies lasts four semesters over two calendar years. The second semester can be completed at USF or the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.


  • MIMS 601 Introduction to Migration Studies (3 units)
  • MIMS 602 Research Methods (3 units)
  • MIMS 610 Migratory Mobility: Theoretical and Practical Analyses (3 units)
  • MIMS 603 Public Policy and Social Implications of Migration (3 units)
  • MIMS 604 Identities and Cultural Manifestations of Migration (3 units)
  • MIMS 605 Research Seminar I (1 unit)
  • MIMS 606 Research Seminar II (1 unit)
  • MIMS 608 Research Seminar III (1 unit)
  • MIMS 609 Research Seminar IV (1 unit)
  • MIMS 690 Special Topics (four 3 unit courses)
  • Final publishable article or applied project.

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