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Refugee & Forced Migration Studies (MS)

The Master of Science in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies program offers you the essential skills to act on refugee and forced displacement issues at local, national and international levels.

Using Chicago as a living classroom, the program is a mix of academic and hands-on training through internships and interdisciplinary study, including courses in:

  • Law
  • History
  • Public Service
  • International Studies

Real-World Experience

Career opportunities. The program’s combination of theoretical and pragmatic learning makes graduates highly valued across industries – training you for careers in:

  • Academia
  • Refugee resettlement
  • Legal work
  • Asylum
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGO)

Internship opportunities. Two sets of practicums are built into the program, during the your first summer and second year. Organizations DePaul works with include Refugee One, Heartland Alliance, the American Red Cross and more.

Program Highlights

First program of its kind. The MS in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies is the first graduate program of its kind in the U.S.

Practical experience. The program offers hands-on training working with refugees and other forced migrants, and with the agencies and institutions assisting them.

Program Length

You will complete 12 courses for a total of 48.5 quarter hours, spread over six quarters. These credits include classroom instruction as well as internships. Courses are to be completed in a sequence with students taking two courses per quarter. 

Program Participants

The program draws students from varied backgrounds, creating a unique opportunities for collaboration. We seek students from:

  • Psychology
  • Political science
  • Social work
  • History
  • Sociology

We welcome students who have experience working with displaced peoples and those who want training before entering the field.