SCS Certificate in International Migration Studies

Program Description

ISIM is the academic unit of record for the Certificate in International Migration Studies; the logistics are administered by the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.  Additional specific information, including current course schedules, can be found at the Center for Continuing and Professional Education website's section on this Certificate.

Students pursuing a Certificate in International Migration Studies will learn how to analyze migration data and public policy in order to understand migration trends, develop best practices, and respond to a changing demographic landscape. This interdisciplinary program is designed for policy and advocacy professionals with an interest in the social, cultural, economic, and legal ramifications of the movement of peoples between nations.

Certificate graduates will be able to:

  • analyze how government laws and policies influence migration patterns.
  • develop solutions to problems concerning unauthorized migration, legal immigration and forced migration.
  • find the best information available to understand international migration challenges.
  • apply such critical information to create lasting policies and practices.
  • prepare in advance for change by understanding trends in international migration.

Courses are geared toward those working for the U.S. government (Grade 12 and above), international organizations and non-governmental organizations on international migration and refugee issues who possess a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent.


To earn the Certificate in International Migration Studies, students must complete six intensive three- to five-day courses within two years. The program includes one required course and five electives. Courses may be taken in any order. Students are encouraged to take Global Trends in International Migration as their first course.