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International Migration Studies

The City University of New York

18 months
855 USD/credit 17100 USD/year
855 USD/credit 17100 USD/year
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The M.A. Program in International Migration Studies at the Graduate Center from The City University of New York prepares you for growing and exciting opportunities to work with and advocate on behalf of international migrants and refugees, who are facing a rising tide of racism and xenophobia.


In this affordable, multidisciplinary master’s program in International Migration Studies at The City University of New York, you will examine how policies shape migrants’ experiences, and you will analyze the social, cultural, economic, and political ramifications of international migration in the United States and beyond. 

Learning outcomes

You will have the opportunity to study with leading immigration scholars from throughout The City University of New York, spanning fields such as sociology, political science, English, history, anthropology, international affairs, education, and urban planning. 

These faculty study migrants from all parts of the world, often through a comparative lens, using methods ranging from advanced quantitative techniques to in-depth ethnographies of urban communities. They explore migrants’ struggles for upward mobility; the experiences of immigrant children in schools; the forging of new race and gender identities; the effects of refugee resettlement in different types of communities; and the building of political power in, by, and for immigrant communities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Migration
  • Global Immigrant Cities
  • Research Methods in International Migration
  • Migration Policy
  • Immigration, Race, and Citizenship
  • Nationalism and Ethnicity

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States, or its equivalent abroad, with a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher;
  • Transcripts of all college and graduate work;
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from people who can speak to your strengths and preparedness for graduate study (e.g. professors/academics, supervisors, colleagues).
  • Personal statement of up to 1,000 words, explaining why you want to obtain this degree and how your interests and academic/professional background are relevant to the degree; 
  • Sample or samples of writing (in English) of no more than 20 pages in total
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical parts of the exam. The GRE must have been taken within the last five years;
  • TOEFL scores for students who have not earned a degree in an English-speaking country.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 18 months.
  • National

    17100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 18 months.
  • Local students: $5,545 / semester
  • Part-time: $470 per credit

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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