The Graduate Diploma in Migration and Diaspora Studies is an innovative interdisciplinary graduate program that allows you to gain advanced credentials in study the social, cultural, political, and economic implications of the movement and transnational settlement of people. The program brings together a broad spectrum of academics and practitioners from the humanities, social sciences, and public affairs.

The Graduate Diploma program requires 2.0 credit of coursework and may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. The diploma is offered in two forms:

-Type 2 Graduate Diploma for students enrolled in another Carleton MA or PhD program. This diploma allows you to add additional credentials in Migration and Diaspora Studies to another degree program. Concurrent graduate diploma students may double count up to 1.0 credit of coursework between the main degree program and the graduate diploma with the approval of both programs.

-Type 3 Graduate Diploma (stand-alone). The Type 3 Diploma is a standalone graduate diploma to help you gain additional professional or academic credentials in Migration and Diaspora Studies. Type 3 Graduate Diploma students have the option of applying for the MA Program in Migration and Diaspora Studies and transferring the credits.

In the MDS graduate diploma program, you will develop the tools and concepts to analyze topics such as

  • the ways in which state and non-state agents, including migrant and diaspora communities, influence migration patterns in their interactions with transnational economic, social, cultural, and political structures.
  • the ways in which migrant and diaspora communities articulate transnational and diaspora identities that can work within, against, and across nation-states
  • the rich traditions of visual art, film, literature, music and other forms of creative expression that migrant and diaspora communities have created, works that often provide critical perspectives on dominant social, cultural, and political imaginaries and open up important new ways of re-imagining identities, communities, and belonging.
  • how evidence-based practices and decision-making might contribute to developing and implementing migration policies that are beneficial to all constituents that respect migrant human rights.

As a Graduate Diploma student, you will be introduced to concepts, theories, approaches and issues in Migration and Diaspora Studies through specialized courses in Migration and Diaspora Studies and an extensive list of electives. You can choose from courses in African Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Canadian Studies, Communications, Cultural Mediations, English, European and Russian Studies, Film, French, Geography, History, International Affairs, Law and Legal Studies, Migration and Diaspora Studies, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, Religion, Sociology, and Social Work.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

The Migration and Diaspora Studies Graduate Diploma also provides you with valuable practical experience through the Practicum placement option (completing a practicum at an organization or institution for course credit), that will allow you combine your academic studies with real-world work experience and will help you build career networks and transition to employment.

Career Opportunities

Migration and Diaspora Studies prepares its graduates for a variety of career paths in which knowledge of human migration and diaspora is relevant. As a student in the MDS graduate program, you will become an informed global citizen. The program helps you develop your valuable research, analytical and writing skills and provides you with opportunities for hands-on practical experience though the co-op and practicum placement options. Migration and Diaspora Studies faculty have a strong network in the policy and practitioner communities that will help you in making connections and building a network to position you for your future career.

The Migration and Diaspora Studies Graduate Diploma provides opportunities for professionals working in this field to gain additional advanced credentials and Carleton graduate students to add a valuable interdisciplinary component to their degree. Graduate Diploma students may also apply and transfer credits into the Migration and Diaspora Studies MA program. The Graduate Diploma provides you with skills and knowledge that can be used in jobs in public service, cultural institutions and creative industries, migration and humanitarian non-governmental organizations, and immigration and settlement-related agencies.

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