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Message from the Program Director

Welcome to the website of the Graduate (MA) Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies (ISS)!

The migration of people, whether forced or voluntary, is one of the most important social, cultural, and economic phenomena of this century. It has dominated politics in Europe and North America, and defines who we are as a nation.

The ISS Program provides fertile ground for knowledge enhancement and in-depth analysis of past and present migration patterns, policies, and practices. Most importantly, it prepares students for professional careers in academia, government, the immigrant and settlement service sector, and activism. Correspondingly, we welcome students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds and professional experiences.

The ISS Program is the continent’s only free-standing interdisciplinary graduate program in this field of study. In the academic year of 2014/15, we celebrated our 10th anniversary. We had every reason to celebrate in style because our alumni are now leading professional experts and scholars in immigration and settlement matters in Canada and beyond.   

Education in the ISS Program is closely tied to cutting-edge research conducted at the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement. The program faculty who teach in the ISS Program and supervise our students are renowned nationally and internationally for their research and teaching excellence. They represent a wide variety of academic departments and backgrounds, bringing a breadth or perspectives, experience, and research opportunities that allow for a rich interdisciplinary student experience. Their expertise also enables us to adapt the program to the ever-changing trends of migration and settlement policies and practices.

Ryerson University is located in the heart of Toronto, one of the world's most diverse cities. This location provides an outstanding setting in which to study and experience immigration and settlement.

I invite you to explore our website and learn more about our program admission requirements.

Harald Bauder, Graduate Program Director