Master International Migration and Social Cohesion

Application criteria

Master in International Migration and Social Cohesion

The MISOCO programme will not accept applications for the academic year 2015-2016 and beyond. Applicants interested in migration studies are asked to consult the consortium partners' pages for more information on their national master degrees in migration studies. The application information in this section is kept available for informative purposes only.

Candidate profile

The MISOCO Master’s has been designed for people working or intending to work in the field of migration and social cohesion; regardless of their race, gender, religion, age, and/or geographical origin.

The consortium aims to admit only highly qualified students. Candidates are chosen on the basis of the quality of their education and professional background, their experience in and concern for migration issues, their multicultural sensitivity, and their linguistic abilities.

All applicants must follow the application procedure as established by the MISOCO consortium.

Admission requirements

Admission may be granted to applicants who meet the following common admission criteria:

1. Students with academic bachelor´s degree (or equivalent) in social sciences discipline closely related to the programme (sociology, social/cultural anthropology, political science, and (human) geography) are invited to apply, provided that they meet entry requirements as specified below.

2. Students with degrees in the other social sciences International Relations and International Development and/or students who have at least 60 EC in Social Sciences Methodology and Theory (as definded above) may also apply.

  • All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of social sciences theory of at least (an equivalent of) 30 EC earned during their previous study;
  • Applicants should have sufficient knowledge of social sciences research methodology of at least (an equivalent of) 20 EC;
  • Applicants should have at least earned (an equivalent of) 10 EC in a relevant sub-field of social sciences.

3. A Minimum grade average of B (ECTS system), B+/A-/3.5 (American system), Second Class Upper degree (2:1 honours) (Bristish system) or 7.5 (Dutch system).

4. Applicants who are nationals of countries other than the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand or have not obtained a Bachelor or Master's degree in the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand are required to submit an English test score that meets specific requirements:

  • TOEFL: Score Computer-based test 250 pt.,Internet based test 100 pt., paper-based test 600 pt or higher (minimum score Ibt per section 23)
  • IELTS Certificate- Score 7.0 or higher. (minimum score per section 6.5)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) score A
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) score B.

Applicants must arrange for an official copy of the English test score to be sent directly by the testing institute to the Coordinator before the application deadline.

The TOEFL reporting number is 9678. Students will need to enter this code on their answer sheets when sitting for the examination. If asked for a department code, please indicate none, or 99 (any department not listed). When asked for a reporting number, do not use any other number than 9678. Otherwise your test score will get lost.

5. Practical experience in the area of migration in governmental, inter-governmental, and/or non-governmental organisations and institutions is valued.

6. Only complete applications are accepted for review.

Please consult the MISOCO FAQ if you have more questions on the MISOCO Admission requirements.

Selection procedure and criteria

MISOCO has a two-tier selection procedure.
Step 1: Eligibility: The coordinator checks if your application is complete and meets basic criteria [ie academic degree/grade average/English proficiency]. If needed, diploma evaluation services will be used. International diplomas will be evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the diploma should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education.

Step 2: Quality assessment: Three assessors for each eligible application: one from each core university and one from each specialisation university. A ranking is developed through the assessment of study results, relevance of academic field and experience in the field of migration.
The selection committee takes into account the following:

  • Type and level of academic qualifications.
  • Level of language abilities.
  • Type and level of research experience.
  • Type and level of professional experience.
  • Level of motivation and concern for humanitarian issues.


Pre-Registration Fee for selected students

Selected MISOCO student candidates are to pay a pre-registration fee, due on June 1, which is returned (by bank transfer) after students have signed their MISOCO student contract with the Consortium.
The pre-registration fee is established at €250. Failure to pay the selection fee by June 1, means that the student's participation in the MISOCO programme is cancelled. If a student drops out of the programme of their own accord before signing the student contract the pre-registration fee will not be returned.

Published by  MISOCO

26 August 2016