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Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #1221 (BCR) , IL,
The MS in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from DePaul University—the first graduate refugee studies program in the U.S.—will give you the right mix of theory and practical experience to prepare you to help immigrants, migrants and refugees around the world.


You’ll gain a broad-based understanding of the legal, political and humanitarian resources to address the issues created by these situations. 

The Program

As part of our refugee studies program you’ll take courses in law, history, public health, public service and international studies and gain extensive hands-on training with the agencies and institutions assisting displaced people.

This Refugee and Forced Migration Studies program from DePaul University is designed to be completed in two years, and most courses are offered in the evening at the Loop or Lincoln Park campuses. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Pro-Seminar in History of Forced Migration
  • Human Rights Law
  • Asylum and Refugee Law and Policy
  • International Conflict Management
  • Public Health and Forced Migration
  • International Dimensions of Public Service
  • Refugee Trauma and Mental Health
  • Management of International NGOs
  • Humanitarian Logistics

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity

      You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

      • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Credits
      48 alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    English Language Requirements

    • Minimum required score:


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    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: 2.5

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    General Requirements

    The Master of Science in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies admits students with the following prerequisites: 
    • A bachelor's degree with evidence of strong intellectual and writing skills.
    • Previous study and/or experience in refugee and forced migration, though not required.
    • Evidence of a strong interest in pursuing a career related to human rights, refugee, migration, health, policy, academy, and forced migration.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      715 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 715 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      715 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 715 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
    • In-State

      715 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 715 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Chicago

    • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
      Living Costs

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