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Application date is February 1 for fall 2022. Fall 2021 application is also open.

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Application Instructions

The application process is entirely online. Please complete and/or upload all of the items listed below to your application account, and please do not mail items to our office. Spring applicants are expected to be experienced with programming in one of general purpose programming languages.

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Amy Argenal

Program Co-Director

Karina Hodoyan

Program Co-Director

Bachelor's Degree

A Bachelor's degree in any field is required. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended. Experiences working with migrants and migrant organizations strengthen an application, as does proficiency in a second language.

Test Requirements
The GRE is not required.

For international applicants, an English Language exam score (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) is required.

Transcript (Academic Record)
Upload a copy of your transcript from each university and college attended. Transcripts from any transfer schools and study abroad programs must be submitted since Bachelor's Degree institutions typically do not list transfer and study abroad courses with grades. If still enrolled in your Bachelor's program, submit a copy of your transcript showing in-progress courses. If admitted, an official transcript with proof of graduation is required. USF undergraduates upload their unofficial transcripts for admission review and do not need to send an official USF transcript.

Statement of Purpose
A 500-word, double-spaced, typewritten statement that describes your educational background, personal experiences, work experiences, and professional goals as related to migration studies. Please also describe how you hope to contribute to address the challenges of transnational migration with a Master’s in Migration Studies.

Resume or CV
Your current resume or CV lists and describes your educational history, work or job history, coursework related to migration studies, and any other experiences relevant to your pursuit of graduate studies – including internships, published articles or other published materials, volunteer/community service experience, study or work outside of your home country, and any interests or activities related to migration studies.

Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation letters (at least one letter from a professor; preferably both letters are academic recommendations). Additional letters of recommendation are accepted. Letters are submitted by individuals who can attest to your ability to succeed in the research and writing required by this program. Follow the instructions in the online application to provide the contact information for your recommenders.

You may submit your application before your recommenders upload their letters.

International Applicants

There are additional items and instructions for international applicants.

Notification of Admission Decision

The application review starts after the February 1 priority date. The next review of applications begins after the April 1 date. Admission decision notification begins four weeks after these dates. Applications are accepted after April 1.


Will there be a master´s dissertation or master’s thesis?

A master's dissertation is not required. Instead we require either an article that is deemed publishable by a faculty committee or an applied project. Students do not need to have an article published. The committee determines if it's worthy of publication. Each semester students take a one-unit research seminar. The seminar is designed to help students with the steps of writing a scholarly article about migration based on their own interests and research or an applied project based on the needs of a migrant organization or government agency.

Are students required to go to Mexico?

No. While we encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity, an identical curriculum is provided at both USF and Ibero during the second semester.

Are there additional costs for studying in Mexico City?

The only additional costs in Mexico are airfare and housing. The cost of living (housing, food, etc.) will be much less in Mexico than in San Francisco.

Is it possible to begin in spring rather than fall?

The program only begins in the fall.

Is it possible to work full time and complete the program?

Our classes are offered in the late afternoon and evenings, making it possible to work and complete the program. If you are working and planning to spend second semester in Mexico City, we recommend that you speak to your employer as soon as possible.

What is the average cohort size?

Approximately 12-15 students per cohort.

Contact Info

Migration Studies, Master's

Amy Argenal, Program Director

2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1085