Masters Programs in Migration Studies

Compare 5 Masters Programs in Migration Studies

Most master’s degrees are offered as a Master of Arts or a Master of Science. Depending on the career route chosen, a master’s can boost one’s career or open previously closed doors.

What is a Master in Migration Studies? Research is a large component of this degree. Students learn immigration policies, research methods, labor migration, displacement and development in the modern world, and global trends. Individual course paths can be tailored depending on the scholar’s interests and future career goals. Students learn various aspects of law and policy and how to practice them in the field. Most degree programs are completed in two years and include a thesis. Many also offer an opportunity for study abroad.

The program teaches participants how to campaign and perform advocacy work. Learning proper research methods not only helps in the chosen career field, but also helps students properly research other things in their life that benefit from quality information from healthcare and car buying to owning a home.  

To prepare financially, research the various options available, from the various costs to the course load required, before making a decision on the right program for the student and his or her budget. Reaching out to schools for a current cost rundown is also suggested.

Program graduates have taken their Master in Migration Studies and continued with their education to become doctors and lawyers. Many have also gone on to work for global organizations like the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. Career paths in human rights, immigration, humanitarian and refugee work are all viable options. Many governmental and non-governmental organizations and bodies offer potential job opportunities for graduates. Grassroots organizations, entrepreneurship, journalism and diplomacy provide additional career choices.

Programs are available in various universities around the world or online for the student who needs a flexible schedule. To begin the process, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master in Migration Studies (MIMS)

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 USA San Francisco Mexico Buenavista + 2 more

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. [+]

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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Master in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (Two Years)

Malmö University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Malmö

The master’s programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) focuses on current international developments and research perspectives in migration and ethnic relations; the effects of globalisation and human mobility on societies, groups and individuals; the social and political adaptation and integration of ethnic minorities in different societies; issues of inclusion and exclusion of immigrants; majority-minority relations; philosophical and ethical perspectives on life in diverse and complex societies. [+]

The master’s programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) focuses on current international developments and research perspectives in migration and ethnic relations; the effects of globalisation and human mobility on societies, groups and individuals; the social and political adaptation and integration of ethnic minorities in different societies; issues of inclusion and exclusion of immigrants; majority-minority relations; philosophical and ethical perspectives on life in diverse and complex societies.

What makes International Migration and Ethnic Relations unique?

This master's programme teaches you how to conduct in-depth analysis, evaluate policies and criticise and critique migration-related policies.You should expect research-based training and an interdisciplinary outlook that links social sciences with humanities.... [-]


European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR)

University of Oldenburg
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Germany Oldenburg

EMMIR is the European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations. It is the first African-European Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Migration Studies. EMMIR is jointly run by three African and four European universities, facilitated by a wider network of partners. [+]

EMMIR is the European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations. It is the first African-European Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Migration Studies. The first cohort set out to study in September 2011; since 2013 the programme is fully accredited by the national agencies as part of the European pilot project JOQAR.

EMMIR is jointly run by three African and four European universities, facilitated by a wider network of partners. Various associate organisations on the regional, national and international level provide significant assistance for student internships and graduate's employment. The seven partner institutions and potential hosts during your studies are:

University of Oldenburg, Germany (coordinating) Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan Mbarara University of Science & Technology, Uganda University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic University of Stavanger, Norway University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa ... [-]

European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations

University of Stavanger
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Norway Stavanger

The European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations is the first African-European Erasmus Mundus Master programme in Migration Studies. [+]

European Master in Migration and Intercultural RelationsThe European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations is the first African-European Erasmus Mundus Master programme in Migration Studies. EMMIR is jointly run by three African and four European universities, facilitated by a wider network of partners. Various associate organisations on the regional, national and international level provide significant assistance for student internships and graduate's employment. The quality of the programme is constantly evaluated by an international board of experts.EMMIR is a unique study programme focusing on migration through an intercultural approach. It provides profound theoretical skills in migration studies combined with fieldwork in Europe and Africa. It is designed as a multidisciplinary programme that addresses important contemporary issues in an emerging field of study.EMMIR includes study periods in both, Europe and Africa. Students' mobility is understood as a key to the mutual understanding of different views and cultures of migration and movement and will sharpen intercultural sensitivity.EMMIR students become acquainted with different cultures and academic traditions and gain knowledge about migration issues in internships. They will gain profound skills and specialise in of the four programme foci, this will provide them with excellent chances for employment in national and international governmental and private sector organisations or in academia. Graduates will be awarded a joint degree by the EMMIR partner universities.... [-]


Master's Degree in International Migration

Universidad Pontificia Comillas
Online Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2018 Spain Madrid + 1 more

The Master's Degree in Contemporary International Migration caters to the need for skilled professionals in different areas related to migration, involves many different areas, and requires specific and complex preparation and training. [+]

Máster Universitario en Migraciones Internacionales Admisión

Perfil de ingreso:

El Máster va dirigido a todo tipo de titulados universitarios, alumnos recién egresados, profesores universitarios, profesionales procedentes del mundo empresarial, investigadores y personal de las organizaciones internacionales, que deseen profesionalizarse o mejorar su profesionalización en el ámbito de las migraciones internacionales y la movilidad humana, así como a aquellos alumnos que quieran desarrollar su capacidad investigadora en este campo.

Requisitos de acceso:

Estar en posesión de un título de Grado o equivalente. Tener un buen expediente académico. Se valorará la experiencia profesional previa en migraciones internacionales. Conocer al menos otro idioma, preferentemente el inglés. ... [-]