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Migration and Citizenship

Migration and Citizenship graduate certificate


Graduate certificate

8 months

How to apply

Start date:

Abbotsford campus

Fees and costs


  • A practical skills seminar featuring practicing professionals allows you to gain insights from the field.
  • Scheduled to accommodate both working and full-time students, with classes offered in evening and weekend time slots.


UFV's multi-disciplinary Migration and Citizenship graduate certificate program uses real case studies to investigate human movement, resettlement, and belonging, both globally and with a particular focus on the Canadian experience.

  1. As a Migration and Citizenship student, you will:
    • Examine human migration, whether voluntary, forced, permanent, or temporary, in transnational and intrastate contexts;
    • Investigate how this mobility is shaped by different governments and state institutions;
    • Learn about the experiences and identities of the migrants and the diverse forms of communities that they create.
  2. You will also:
    • Explore the various meanings of citizenship in contexts of migration;
    • Analyze how they are shaped by legal, political, institutional, economic, social, and cultural dynamics of inclusion and exclusion and how they are created by migrant experiences, identities, and communities, and through policies, practices, and discourses.

The Migration and Citizenship graduate certificate is designed for employed professionals wanting to grow their skills or recent graduates wishing to enter the field of immigration and resettlement.

The program is scheduled to accommodate both working and full-time students, with classes offered in evening and weekend time slots. If you choose to study full time, you can complete this graduate certificate in eight months. But you can also opt to study part-time and take up to three years to earn your credential.

Graduates who wish to pursue their studies can ladder into the UFV Migration and Citizenship graduate diploma or transfer into related master’s programs.

View the Migration and Citizenship certificate program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar.


There is steady demand for settlement professionals to help new immigrants with advocacy, language acquisition, vocational counselling, education, translation, legal assistance, and health services, among other social needs.

Jobs in migration and citizenship exist in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community services, local settlement agencies, immigration consultancies, humanitarian relief organizations, government bodies, and intergovernmental organizations.

Professionals in the field have titles such as settlement practitioner, project officer – multiculturalism, immigration consultant, refugee settlement program coordinator, immigration program coordinator, social policy researcher, development project officer, or social service planner.


View the Migration and Citizenship certificate entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.


This program is open to international students.


  1. Demonstrate a depth and breadth of interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary knowledges pertaining to significant contemporary theories and debates in migration, settlement, and citizenship studies.
  2. Critically examine and assess a range of social, economic, political, cultural, historic, geographic, literary, policy, service, community, and human rights issues and cases in migration and citizenship.
  3. Demonstrate a strong theoretical foundation for the critical evaluation and applied understanding of local, regional, national, international, and transnational realities of migration and citizenship.
  4. Formulate and communicate critical perspectives on the theories, issues, debates, and realities of migration and citizenship through courses, readings, discussions, assignments, and, where relevant, practica.
  5. Compare and critically assess migration and citizenship in Canada with other countries, through an internationalized and indigenized curriculum.
  6. Assess and develop a position on significant public policy questions, taking into account scholarly, governmental, and community perspectives.
  7. Have the ability to envision, initiate, and lead collaborative endeavours in developing, assessing, and implementing migration, settlement, and citizenship programs and policy.
  8. Demonstrate academic, professional, intercultural, and cross-cultural communication skills.
  9. Practise sound and responsible ethics and employ processes of self-inquiry and reflexivity.
  10. Utilize a comprehensive academic foundation for a variety of regional and global careers in community, educational, and non-governmental organizations, government, and private sector positions, as well as for further academic pursuits.


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