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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 undergraduate (or equivalent degree) from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.33/4.33 (B+) in the last two years of study
  • Statement of interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency requirement

More information on admission requirements. Due to the competitive nature of our programs, it is not possible to offer admission to everyone who applies that meets the minimum entrance requirements for the program. 

Program-specific requirements

Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.

See application dates.

For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit Fees by Program.

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit Financing Your Studies.

  • 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

Immigration and Settlement Studies (MA) graduate program calendar

  • International Exchange Program with the MA Program in International Migration and Intercultural Relations (IMIB) at the University of Osnabrück, Germany
  • The Centre for Immigration and Settlement
  • 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

Graduate Admissions

Admissions information and how to apply

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

For information specific to programs, please see the program contact information below.

Program Contacts

Dr. Henry Parada
Graduate Program Director
Research areas: Analysis of institutional practices, social work epistemology, institutional ethnography methodology
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 556223

Igor Rosic
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 554836

“ 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

Student Profile: Giving refugees a second chance

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

Graduate Academic Calendar

Find curriculum, course descriptions and important dates for Immigration and Settlement Studies (MA).

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 Toronto Metropolitan University, 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.


As an urban innovation university, Toronto Metropolitan University offers 60+ cutting-edge, career-oriented graduate programs, as well as 125+ research centres, institutes and labs, in a wide range of disciplines. Our close connections with industry, government and community partners provide opportunities to apply your knowledge to real-world challenges and make a difference.