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In the master track Governance of Migration and Diversity, part of the Public Administration master programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam, you learn to manage complex societal problems within the public sector, with a special focus on the contemporary issues migration and diversity.

How to reconstruct a city centre? What are the opportunities for the management of migration flows and how to prevent discrimination and promote interaction and cohesion in culturally diverse societies?

In our globalised and complex network society these urgent questions need to be answered.

In order to do this, experts who demonstrate analytical skills, connective leadership, entrepreneurial attitudes and a strong ethical compass to achieve innovative solutions for societal problems are needed. This master track in Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam focuses on the research, analysis and management of societal issues.


Migration and diversity are key factors in some of the most fundamental transformations of society today. These transformations do not merely involve migrants. Moreover, they have an impact on society at large. Migration and diversity have become highly politicised issues that play an important role in contemporary politics in many countries. These issues influence many different aspects of society, such as education, housing, labour and international relations.

This specialisation studies migration and diversity from an interdisciplinary perspective, addressing the different sides of this societal transformation. The programme provides students with a strong theoretical basis.

During the programme, the development of migration and the incorporation of migrant policies are studied. Furthermore, the development of welfare state regimes, and how this affects issues of migration and diversity, is examined.

You will learn to critically assess how policies have been developed in cities and countries across the world and how migration and diversity are discussed in broader political debates and in the media.


We offer:

  • Knowledge which will help you to address governance issues related to migration and diversity from a multidisciplinary perspective;
  • A unique interdisciplinary programme, with courses taught by leading scholars from three universities and five academic disciplines;
  • A focus on policies, politics and governance at an international, national and local level;
  • Education which has a direct link to contemporary issues. Students are trained to contribute to the governance of migration and diversity. 
  • Top level education. The Public Administration programme at Erasmus University was ranked #1 in the Shanghai Ranking's 2017 and 2018.


Mode of education

The master programme Governance of Migration and Diversity provides state-of-the-art courses and training given by dedicated scholars from five academic disciplines. During classes interaction amongst students and between students and professors is stimulated.


The courses of this programme consist of two parts: you follow 50% of your courses within the regular Public Administration curriculum, and 50% within the Governance of Migration and Diversity specialisation together with GMD students from sociology, history and development studies.


As part of the main course of the GMD, each year the students visit several sites of actors that actively deal with governance issues in migration and diversity. Each of the track coordinators organises their own visit, tapping into their own expertise and network to provide a unique insight into the practice of their field.

In previous years we visited:

  • Imam Malik Islamic Centre Leiden. The Centre introduced us to the historical context of Islam in the Netherlands and showcased several community activities and projects that the Mosque is involved in.
  • The National Expertise Centre Honour-Based Violence in The Hague. Here we spoke with researchers from the Centre and the director of SPIOR (Platform for Islamic Organisations in Rijnmond) about their work and collaborations with Muslim communities on honour based violence, forced marriages and sexuality.
  • Special Envoy for Migration in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They introduced us migration management issues from the perspective of the Dutch government and allowed us to learn about the priorities of Dutch migration policies.
  • The European Parliament and European Commission in Brussel. The students learned about the dilemmas of the EU politics and policy on migration and diversity. We had meetings with the senior advocacy officer at the European Network Against Racism, with the research director of Migration Policy group and a Policy Advisor in the European Parliament for Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld. They explained the challenges of their advocacy work as well as the political struggles they are facing in the area of fundamental rights, asylum and migration.


Graduates of this specialisation will be suitable candidates for positions in:

  • governmental organisations (policy-makers, policy advisors, lobbyists) and;
  • organisations in civil society (e.g. unions, political parties, research institutes) on the local, national or international level. 

For example our graduates currently work as integration advisors at local governments or as project assistants at IOMOpens external

During this master track you will:

  • Develop a multidisciplinary understanding of migration and diversity from various perspectives, including history, development studies, sociology, public administration and urbanism;
  • Acquire a methodological understanding in order to study migration and diversity;
  • Learn to better understand the governance implications of migration and diversity at the local (urban), regional, national as well as European and international level;
  • Obtain professional skills in terms of designing strategies for the management of migration and diversity at the policy level.

Visit the Governance of Migration and Diversity - Public Administration - MSc page on the Erasmus University Rotterdam website for more details!