Requirements

In order to obtain a Specialization in Migration and Ethnic Relations, students must complete the following:

MA/MSc

Course requirements

  • Colloquium Series in Migration and Ethnic Relations MER 9000 (non-credit requirement, though some departments may allow this to be taken for credit).
  • Two half courses from the MER Course list, including one from a program other than the student’s home program. 

Thesis or major paper (as specified by student’s home program) in the area of Migration and Ethnic Relations

  • In the case of a thesis, the thesis advisor and the university examiner must be from faculty associated with the collaborative specialization
  • In the case of a major paper, the advisor must be associated with the collaborative specialization

PhD

Course requirements

  • Colloquium Series in Migration and Ethnic Relations MER 9000 (non-credit requirement, though some departments may allow this to be taken for credit)
  • Two half courses from the MER Course list, including one from a program other than the student’s home program. Following the practice of given programs, extra courses taken at the Masters level may be credited toward the PhD requirements

Comprehensive Examination in Migration and Ethnic Relations

As specified, in order to obtain a Specialization in Migration and Ethnic Relations, students must complete the following:

  • Student is required to notify the Director of the Collaborative Graduate Specialization in Migration and Ethnic Relations of the date of their comprehensive exam one month before it occurs.
  • In the case where a home program has comprehensive examination(s) that can be tailored so that the terms of reference include migration and ethnic relations:
    • the comprehensive examination in migration and ethnic relations will be one of the major themes of the comprehensive examination(s) required by the home program.
    • at least two of the members of the examination committee must be faculty members of the Collaborative Graduate Specialization in Migration and Ethnic Relations
    • a common comprehensive examination reading list will be provided by the MER Specialization from which a comprehensive examination committee may select readings for a specific examination and add additional readings as appropriate.
  • In the case where a home program has comprehensive examination(s) that can not be tailored so that the terms of reference include migration and ethnic relations:
    • the comprehensive examination in migration and ethnic relations will be a separate component, appearing on the student's transcript as a non-credited requirement
    • two options are available:
      1. Students may prepare a review paper based on selected readings from the common reading list plus additional readings selected by a committee comprising faculty members of the Collaborative Specialization in Migration and Ethnic Relations within the home department and/or outside of the home department: the reading list and paper should go into a particular topic in depth; it is expected that the review paper would be potentially publishable and, as a rough guide, should be approximately 40 pages double-spaced.
      2. Students may complete a research apprenticeship project under the direction of a faculty member of the Collaborative Specialization in Migration and Ethnic Relations from outside of the student's home program: the project should provide training in the theories and methods used in examining migration and ethnic relations in a discipline other than the student's home program; it is expected that the project would involve research over at least one term of study.

Thesis in the area of Migration and Ethnic Relations

  • The thesis advisor and the university examiner must be from faculty associated with the collaborative specialization.

These components will serve as partial fulfillment of the requirements for a graduate degree in the home department, by the student's home program.