Forced migration has become a major theme in international politics, and Egypt has become a major center for forced migrants and the organizations that work with them. Because of this, there is a need to offer training in the area of forced migration. The one year graduate Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies is designed to meet the needs of individuals currently working with refugees, those who seek to enter that profession, and those whose research interests focus upon issues of forced migration. It seeks to do this by placing the study of forced migration within a broader social science context.
Structure of the Diploma
The graduate diploma is governed by a Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) composed of the Chairs of the Departments of Political Science and Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Egyptology, as well as one additional representative from each department and the Director of the Office of African Studies. The JCC makes decisions concerning all aspects of the diploma program, including, but not limited to, admission of students, the planning of the curriculum, and advising students.
Applicants seeking admission to the Graduate Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies must meet the requirements for graduate admission to AUC and must meet the University's language requirements. Information concerning these can be found in the AUC catalog. Special consideration may be given for professional experience.
The graduate diploma requires 6 courses for a total of 18 credit hours from at leas two departments. The program is intended to be completed in one year. To insure a broader comparative understanding of forced migration, students must also demonstrate, either through course enrollment or research, that they have examined issues in the Middle East and Africa. This will be validated by the JCC or its designated representative. Students are also encouraged to pursue an internship.