What are the deadlines to apply to the Graduate Programs?

*** We currently have reached capacity for our MA Fall 2020 admission and will no longer be considering applications for that term. If you are interested in the MA, you can apply for the Fall 2021 admission. ***

Program Term Funding Deadline International Deadline Final Deadline

Graduate Diploma in Migration and Diaspora Studies (Type 3) Fall No funding available 1-Feb-20 31-Aug-20
Graduate Diploma in Migration and Diaspora Studies (Type 3) Winter No funding available 1-Aug-20 1-Dec-20
Graduate Diploma in Migration and Diaspora Studies (Type 2) Fall No funding available 1-Feb-20 31-Aug-20
Graduate Diploma in Migration and Diaspora Studies (Type 2) Winter No funding available 1-Aug-20 1-Dec-20
Master of Arts: Migration and Diaspora Studies Fall 1-Feb-20 1-Feb-20 31-Aug-20

The MA program in Migration and Diaspora Studies admits students for the Fall term in each year. There is no admission in the Summer or Winter term.

What are the minimum requirements for admission to the MA?

The minimum requirement for admission into the M.A. program is an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Honours degree (i.e. a four-year undergraduate degree program) in a humanities or social science discipline or interdisciplinary program with a B+ average or higher in the last two years of coursework. Previous coursework, volunteer or work experience in Migration and Diaspora Studies is an asset. Students who have four-year degrees in other fields but have relevant experience working the area of migration and diaspora studies may also be considered (if unsure, please contact the Program Director at mds@carleton.ca).

 What are the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate Diploma?

The Graduate Diploma is offered in two forms, as a stand-alone direct-entry credential (Type 3) and as a concurrent credential that is taken to complement another Carleton graduate program (MA or PhD).

Graduate Diploma (Type 2, Concurrent):

Students applying to the concurrent Graduate Program (Type 2) must be enrolled in a Carleton master’s or doctoral program. Students applying to another Carleton graduate program should apply to add the diploma after they have been accepted to their main program.

Graduate Diploma (Type 3, Direct Entry):

Students must have completed a 4-year undergraduate university degree.

How can I get funding?

Every applicant to the MDS MA program is automatically considered for funding, either in the form of Teaching Assistantships and/or scholarships. There are also possibilities for Research Assistantships through individual faculty members research projects. Funding is competitive. Due to limited funds, not every applicant will receive funding. You may also apply for external funding. See Carleton’s external awards webpage here.

Common external scholarships are the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) and the Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS, administered through SSHRC). You can also view Carleton’s webpages for the OGS and SSHRC awards. Note that deadlines are early!

For more information on financial support for your degree, please see: here

Applicants to the Graduate Diploma should note that funding is not available for this program on admission. Concurrent students electing the graduate diploma as a complement to another MA or PhD program would have access to funding through their main graduate program.

How do I apply?

  • Please visit — Carleton’s Graduate Admissions page: Apply online
  • Login to Carleton 360 – current Carleton university students can use their existing Carleton login and passwords. Students from other universities or who have graduated will need to create a login and password.
  • Find the program – on New Program Search – enter in keyword MDS or search in Department scroll bar for “Kroeger College (Public Affairs)”
  • Click on relevant program to start an application

What Documents are required to apply to the MA?

  • Transcript(s) —- All post-secondary transcripts are required.
  • Letters of Reference (2 required) — These should be submitted by former professors or qualified persons at your place of employment.
  • Statement of Intent (1 required) –Your statement should outline your academic background, relevant volunteer or professional experience, and interest in the program. The program statement should indicate potential research topics or areas that you are interested in exploring in the program.
  • CV/Resumé (1 required) — Your c.v. or resume should highlight your background and experience.
  • Language Proficiency (ESL Test Scores) – If required
  • Carleton360 will ask you to choose Coursework, Research Essay, or Thesis option – This is just for information and is not binding. You will make your choice of pathway after admission in consultation with the Program Director.
  • February 1 – Funding Deadline and Deadline for international students (not Canadian citizens or permanent residents) for Fall 2020. Domestic applications may be considered until August 1, 2020.

What documents are required to apply to the concurrent Graduate Diploma (Type 2)?

This Type 2 Graduate Diploma is intended for current Carleton graduate students enrolled in another Carleton Masters or Ph.D. program. It is designed to complement your primary degree and provide you with an additional credential.

  • Transcripts — All post-secondary transcripts are required.
  • Letters of Reference (at least 1 required) — Letter of support from the student’s supervisor or if no supervisor has been assigned, a faculty member in the home program.
  • Statement of Interest — A 1-2 page statement of interest from the applicant outlining the reasons for wishing to enroll in the Migration and Diaspora Studies Graduate Diploma program. Your statement should outline your background, experience, and interest in the program.
  • CV/Resumé (1 required) — Your c.v. or resume should highlight your background and experience.
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency (ESL Test Scores) – If required – for details, please see English Proficiency Requirements

What documents are required to apply to the direct-entry Graduate Diploma (Type 3)?

  • Transcript(s) — All post-secondary transcripts are required.
  • Letters of Reference (1 required) — An academic letter of recommendation. In addition, students with relevant professional or practical experience may submit a letter from their supervisor/employer.
  • Statement of Intent (1 required) — A 1-2 page statement of interest from the applicant outlining the reasons for wishing to enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Migration and Diaspora Studies program. Your statement should outline your background, experience, and interest in the program.
  • CV/Résumé (1 required) — Your resume should highlight your background and experience.
  • Language Proficiency (ESL Test Scores) (if applicable)

 What should I include in my letter of interest?

A letter of interest should include information regarding your area, thematic and research interests, what drew you to Migration and Diaspora Studies, and your previous engagement with the topic, both in terms of academic experience as well as other spheres such as work and travel.

How will I know if I am accepted?

You will receive an electronic offer from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

How do I go about registering for my courses?

Registration information and instructions can be found at Registrar’s Office: Registration.

What are the program requirements? What courses do I have to take? 

Official program requirements are published in the Graduate Calendar.

-for the MA, you will also find a description of requirements  at  Program Requirements and Pathways MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies

-For Graduate Diplomas you will also find a description of requirements  at  Graduate Diploma in Migration and Diaspora Studies

When will I find out about my TA position?

If you are assigned a TA-ship in your offer of admission, over the summer you may be asked about your preferences. Usually TA assignments are finalized just before the beginning of term.

Does everyone get a TA-ship?

No, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Post-Doctoral Affairs determine how many TA positions are available in each department based on need. MDS then allocates these positions to selected incoming students, based on GPA and other qualifications.

I did not receive a TA-ship in my admissions offer. Is it still possible for me to apply to be a TA?

Yes, if you did not receive a TA-ship in your admissions package or if you have extended your degree time and no longer have TA-ship available, you may apply as an “Out-of-Priority TA” for a given term. Once TA allocations are made, if there are still need, students will be chosen from the Out-Of-Priority TA List. For more information, please see https://gradstudents.carleton.ca/teaching-assistants/ and scroll down to where it discusses out-of-priority TAs. The Out-Of-Priority TA application from is available in the student tab of Carleton Central.