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Tuition Fees:$6,896 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Master of Arts in Migration and Refugee Studies
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Campus:Cairo Campus
Application Deadline: March 2021
Programme Overview

The MA in migration and refugee studies is an interdisciplinary degree program that aims to provide graduates with critical knowledge, research methods and analytical skills of current theoretical, legal, political, economic, social, demographic and psychological issues in migration and refugee studies. The knowledge and skills acquired may be applied in careers within institutions such as governmental, nongovernmental and international agencies, as well as universities, research organizations and private corporations dealing with the multitude of issues connected with migration and refugee movements.


Course Requirements
The MA program requires the successful completion of eight courses (24 credit hours). All students must take the following five core courses:
– Introduction to Migration and Refugee Studies (3 credits)
– International Refugee Law (3 credits)
– Migration and Refugee Movements in the Middle East and North Africa (3 credits)
– International Migration and Development (3 credits)
– Research Methods in Migration and Refugees Studies (3 credits)

For a concentration in migration, students should choose three courses from the following electives:
– Gender and Migration (3 credits)
– Special Topics in Migration and Refugee Studies (3 credits)

(When relevant to migration)
– Migration, Integration and Citizenship (3 credits)
– Migration in International Law (3 credits)
– Practicum: Internship or Research (3 credits)

(Supervised internship with organization working on migration issues)
With center approval, students may take a course offered by another department or center.

For a concentration in refugee studies, students should choose three courses from the following electives:
– Psychosocial Issues in Forced Migrants (3 credits)
– Palestinian Refugee Issues (3 credits)
– Special Topics in Migration and Refugee Studies (3 credits)

(When relevant to refugee studies)
– Practicum: Internship or Research (3 credits)

(Supervised internship with organization working on refugee issues)
With center approval, students may take a course offered by another department or center.
To take the degree without a concentration, students may choose three courses from any of the electives listed above.

Thesis Requirements
All students must complete a thesis according to University regulations. Before commencing work on the thesis, the student must present a thesis proposal for approval by CMRS. The thesis proposal should comprise a research question, including a set of hypotheses, the sources of information and an outline of the research method to be used, and should not exceed 2,000 words. After the acceptance of the thesis proposal, students must register for course MRS 599: Research guidance and thesis. After the completion of the thesis, it must be defended in an oral examination during which questions may be asked regarding any aspect of the thesis itself or of courses taken in the program particularly as they may relate to the thesis.

Completion of the master’s degree in migration and refugee studies will normally take two years.
For detailed information on admission to the University, please visit graduate admission website where you can also download the application pack.

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the master’s program should have an undergraduate degree of high standing (equivalent of a B grade or higher) within the field of humanities and/or social sciences and meet the University’s language proficiency. Prerequisites may be assigned based on the student’s academic background.

Application Process
Application Fees for Egyptian Students: $84
Application Fees for International Students: $84

How to Apply
1- Submit the online application form. (Application is available online only). The application can be renewed from the fall to the spring semester of the same academic year only. A new application should be submitted for a new academic year.
2- Fulfill the requirements of your secondary school certificate. The most common secondary school certificates accepted by AUC are listed below. The minimum cut-off scores for each certificate may change from one semester to another according to University requirements. Having the minimum academic requirements does not grant you an offer of a place but rather ensures entry to the selection process.
– Thanawiya Amma
– German Abitur
– IGCSE/GCSE/GCE British Certificate
– International Baccalaureate
– French Baccalaureate
– American High School Diploma
– Canadian Certificates
– Other Certificates

1. Late submission of admission credentials decreases your chances of declaring science and engineering majors because places in these programs are limited.
2. Check that you have fulfilled all the University’s language requirements, as demonstrated by your TOEFL/IELTS scores.
– Results of the TOEFL/IELTS exams may be sent directly to the admissions office. AUC’s code number is 0903
– Both tests should be completed no more than two years prior to the first day of the term for which you are applying for admission
– English placement depends on your TOEFL/IELTS test scores
– Students who believe their placement in the ELI is not appropriate for their level of English proficiency are encouraged to re-take the TOEFL or IELTS. AUC does not offer “exemption” exams of any kind
– The deadline to submit improved English placement test scores is the last working day before the first day of classes each semester

3. Check that you have submitted all required documents by the set deadlines. Your application and a final admission decision will be pending the submission of all these documents. Applications submitted after the set deadlines will be considered according to space availability.
4. Provisional Admission: AUC considers the most academically qualified applicants for provisional admission if they earned excellent grades or submitted the necessary documents prior to the set deadlines.
5. Final acceptance will be given after submitting your final transcript and proof of graduation by or before the assigned deadlines.

About the Application Deadlines:
**Spring Semester (American system) which begins in January and ends in early May, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline October 1, 2020.
**Fall Semester (American system) which starts in late August and ends in late December, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline March 1, 2021.

Career Opportunities

Students in the Master of Arts in Migration and Refugee Studies program, will be prepared for careers with:
– government agencies
– non-governmental organizations
– international organizations
– universities
– research institutes
– private companies

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Tuition Fees for Egyptian Students: $6,896
Tuition Fees for International Students: $8,754

**Tuition Fee per year for Egyptian Students: 109,612EGP ($6948)
**Tuition Fee per year for International Students: 139,145EGP ($8,820)
– The tuition rate is based on a flat rate of $579 for Egyptian students per credit hour and $735 for international students per credit hour.
– Tuition fees for Egyptian students may be paid in Egyptian pounds according to CIB (Commercial International Bank) exchange rate on the day of payment. Tuition fees for international students must be paid in US dollars.
– Tuition fees are collected each semester. No student with an outstanding bill (including charges for breakage or library fines) will be admitted to any examination, given any certificate or report of academic standing, or be permitted to register for a subsequent semester.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Nabil Fahmy
Dean, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries
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