Governance of Migration and Diversity

Master in Public Administration

Dr. Peter Scholten,
Coordinator of the programme

"The refugee crisis and incidents related to radicalization are indications of a much broader transformation towards more mobile and more diverse populations. This Master programme integrates knowledge from various perspectives with a clear focus on the politics, policies and organisations. This enables students to address issues related to migration and diversity in many different sectors, levels and types of organisations."

What is this specialisation about?

Migration and diversity are key factors in one of the most fundamental transformations of society today. This transformation does not involve just migrants; it involves society at large. Migration and diversity play a key role in almost any domain of today’s society, at many different levels and in various types of organisations. They play a role in education, housing, labour, international relations, they are on the agenda of the United Nations, the European Union, the national government and increasingly also the local level and even the neighbourhood level of government. Migration and diversity are addressed by governments as well as by businesses, international organisations, research institutes and non-governmental organisations. 

This specialisation focuses on migration and diversity as challenges in politics, policies and organisations. This includes but is not limited to understanding the development of migration and migrant incorporation policies per se. Migration and diversity have become highly politicized issues that play a much broader role in contemporary politics in many countries. Furthermore, migration and diversity are topic that are highly debated in media, which can have a broader impact on policy and politics as well. A key issue in the Public Administration-track of the ‘Governance of Migration and Diversity’ master is how broader development of welfare state regimes affect issues of migration and diversity. 

In short, this programme will provide you a better understanding of what policies can be developed towards migration and diversity, how and why specific policies have been developed in cities and countries across the world, and what role migration and diversity play in broader political debates, media portrayals and welfare state regimes. Specific courses in this specialisation include:

  • Comparative public policy
  • Media, governance and politics
  • The governance of social risks

Do you want to learn more about migration and diversity? Examples of a multidisciplinary perspective on migration and diversity issues can be found here.

Joint programme

The Master specialisation of Governance of Migration and Diversity integrates knowledge from various disciplines with a focus on how public and private organisations can respond to the opportunities and challenges offered by migration and diversity. It brings together history, sociology, politics, international development and urbanism 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 a single Master programme. Students can apply to one of four tracks: History (Leiden University), Sociology, Public Administration (both Erasmus University) and International Relations & Development (ISS, The Hague). This Public Administration track offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam focuses specifically on public policy-making and the broader political implications of migration and diversity. 

Why choose this programme?

We offer:

  • Knowledge helping you address governance issues related to migration and diversity from a multidisciplinary perspective;
  • Courses offered by leading scholars from three universities and five academic disciplines;
  • A specific focus on policies, politics and governments at various levels;
  • Education that directly relates to current issues and trains students to contribute to the governance of migration and diversity in the context of very different organisations. 


Besides the general part with mandatory disciplinary courses, you will follow track-specific courses. The general and the track-specific parts each comprise 50% of the Master programme. Below you can find the curriculum of the Public administration track offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam.


Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

General courses (30 ECTS)

Governance of Migration and Diversity 
(block 1 and 2)

Migration and International Development
5 ECTS Given at ISS The Hague


History of Migration and Diversity 
(block 1 and 2) Given at Leiden University

Politics of Migration and Diversity 

Sociology of Migration and Diversity

Urban Studies, Diversity & Design
5 ECTS Given at TU University

EUR- Public Administration track (30 ECTS)

Comparative Public Policy  

Media, Politics and Governance

Designing Migration Policy Research


The curriculum is subject to alteration. No rights may be derived from this information (including the information via the links).

Mode of education

The Master programme in Governance of Migration and Diversity provides state-of-the-art courses and training by dedicated scholars from five academic disciplines. Students will take classes in which interaction between the students as well as between students and professors is central. In these classes attention is paid to discussion of current events related to migration and diversity.

This Master specialisation offers various extracurricular activities and seminars, including a site visit to a relevant organisation (such as the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in The Hague), a research visit to a ‘super diverse’ neighbourhood and a series of evening symposia organised with students concerning current developments in relation to migration and diversity.