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Migration and Citizenship

Migration and Citizenship graduate diploma


Graduate diploma

certificate + 12 months

How to apply

Start date:

Abbotsford campus

Fees and costs


  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • Follows from the Migration and Citizenship certificate, or allows direct entry
  • Scheduled to accommodate both working and full-time students, with classes offered in evening and weekend time slots


The UFV Migration and Citizenship graduate diploma program builds on the knowledge acquired in the Migration and Citizenship graduate certificate.

To help you apply the knowledge acquired in the classrom and develop a reflexive and ethical practice, you have the opportunity to complete a practicum with a migration services agency and a capstone project.

Hands-on Practicum

A practicum will help to prepare you for a career in the broad fields of Migration and Citizenship by providing an opportunity to develop professional experience and skills in the context of a 300-hour field placement. During the practicum, you keep a weekly journal as a record of your experience to help with preparing your capstone project.

Practica are offered by a range of migration service providers and community organizations, and supervisory duties will be shared by the staff of these institutions. If you have prior work experience, portfolio-based Prior Learning and Recognition (PLAR) assessment is available.

Capstone project

The capstone project enhances your professional development by allowing you to engage in insightful and critical reflection on your practicum. You get to develop and present a personal portfolio (whether in a written, visual, or online format), supported by materials from your practicum and the field at large (i.e. information on programs, policies, events, and activities).

This is an opportunity to examine your personal experiences through the lens  of the literature of Migration and Citizenship covered in your coursework.

View the Migration and Citizenship diploma 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 diploma 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.
  11. Integrate and apply program learning and skills acquisition in a practicum/internship/service learning experience.


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