Why this Study programme

Governance of Migration and Diversity - Public Administration

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.

This master track is part of the interdisciplinary GMD master programme, linking the University of Leiden, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam (including the Institute for Social Sciences in The Hague).



What is this master track about?

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.

Joint programme

The master track Governance of Migration and Diversity brings together different disciplines: history, sociology, politics, international development and urban design as a foundation for a better understanding of the governance of migration and diversity.

The programme is a collaboration between Erasmus University Rotterdam (including the Institute for Social Studies in The Hague), Leiden University and Delft University of Technology. 

The cooperation between these universities provides a unique combination of varied expertise within one single master programme. Students can apply to one of the four tracks: 

The Public Administration track offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam focuses specifically on public policy-making and the broader political implications of migration and diversity. 

Note that participating in the Master will involve travel costs between the cities (Leiden, Delft, The Hague, Rotterdam). 


This master programme assembles knowledge from various perspectives with a clear focus on politics, policies and organisations.
Studying at several institutions helped me to understand migration from multiple perspectives.
I have enjoyed learning from all of our engaging professors and gaining a deeper theoretical and multifaceted understanding of the issues within the field.
Amongst the infinite possibilities that are available today, EUR offered me the best opportunity.
Within this cohort of passionate young professionals, I learned something new from each person that I came into contact with.


Why choose this programme?

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 #4 in the Shanghai Ranking of 2022.



Site visits 

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.


Master Governance Migration and Diversity

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Welcome to the highly-ranked Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), a research university located in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. With 170 nationalities Rotterdam is a diverse and vibrant city. As a harbour city, the arrival of migrants is part of the identity Rotterdam, today and in the past.

Erasmus University was founded in 1913 as an economical institute. Over the years, it has grown into a university with knowledge of many different disciplines which has become internationally recognised for its distinct social orientation in education and research. Our 30,000+ students come from more than 120 countries around the world and the university is ranked among the most international universities in the world.

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