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Immigration and Settlement Studies (MA)

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time, Part-time

Degree Earned: Master of Arts

This innovative program explores immigration trends, policies and programs in Canada from multi-disciplinary perspectives. Available in full- and part-time study options, this program is offered in a city with a 46 per cent immigrant population. Catering to research- and professionally oriented students, the program prepares graduates for careers in the community, government and private sectors, as well as further academic pursuits.

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At a Glance

  • Completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.33/4.33 (B+) in the last two years of study
  • Two academic letters of recommendation

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

  • Critical Border Studies
  • Diaspora and Transnationalism
  • Economic Impacts of Migration
  • Gender, Race and Class in Migration
  • Immigrant Children and Youth
  • Immigrant Families
  • Immigration History
  • Immigration and Settlement Policy
  • Immigration Service Organizations
  • Literatures of Immigration
  • Migrant Identities
  • Migration and Cities
  • Migration and Globalization
  • Migration and Security
  • Multiculturalism and Citizenship
  • Changing Multicultural Mosaic: GTA
  • Ethical Issues: Migration and Settlement
  • Equity for Newcomers: Schools
  • Global Migration and Population Movements
  • Immigrant Families and Intergenerational Relations
  • Immigrants’ Voices in Canadian Literature
  • Immigration and Health
  • Immigration Law: Policy, Politics, Practices
  • Issues of Aging in Settlement
  • Law Enforcement in Canadian Immigration System
  • Migration and Identities
  • Migration and Language
  • Multicultural Cities–Planning Policy
  • Race and Racialization
  • Refugee Issues
  • Settlement Experience in Canada
  • The Canadian Immigration Experience
  • The Economics of Immigration
  • Women Immigration and Settlement
  • International Exchange Program with the MA Program in International Migration and Intercultural Relations (IMIB) at the University of Osnabrück, Germany
  • Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS)
  • Global Diversity Exchange and its programs Cities of Migration, DiverseCity onBoard and Hire Immigrants
  • Diversity Institute
  • CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy
  • Jack Layton Chair
  • Distinguished Visiting Professors

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

Program Contacts

Dr. Harald Bauder
Graduate Program Director
PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University
Research areas: Critical border studies; Political economy of migration; labour market experiences of immigrants; immigration discourses, policies and nationhood; Canada and Germany

Igor Rosic
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4836
Fax: 416-979-5153

“ My MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies equipped me with the critical mind that sets me apart in my workplace.”

Mariana Quintero, alumna and citizenship officer, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
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Student Profile

Adrienne Smith (immigration and settlement studies MA alumna) is applying skills learned in the program to give refugees a second chance.

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How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.