Global Migration Studies Certificate



12 credit hours

Program Length

as few as 8 months


Regionally Accredited by SACSCOC


The Global Migration Studies Certificate provides students with an understanding of global migration and the cultural, economic, and spiritual impact on peoples on the move. It equips students to minister to refugees, asylum seekers, international students and other immigrants.

What You’ll Learn

  • Biblical principles for diaspora and global migration.
  • The history and politics of global migration.
  • The different types of diaspora peoples (refugees, asylum seekers, students) and their unique needs.
  • Skills to minister to various groups of diaspora peoples.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

  • Work in international student ministry.
  • Work with a ministry focused immigrant, refugees, and asylum seekers.
  • Work in the government or non-profit sector with immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

Why Earn a Degree at CIU Online?

CIU instructors have extensive field experience with international studies, immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers and they are recognized experts in this field.

Featured Faculty

Edward L. Smither

Dean, College of Intercultural Studies, Professor of Intercultural Studies and History of Global Christianity

CS 5100 – Introduction to Mission and Migration Credits: 3

ICS 5440 – Transnational Identities Credits: 3

Choose 2 from the following courses:

ICS 5200 – History and Politics of Migration Credits: 3

ICS 5441 -- Mission to Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers Credits: 3

ICS 5442 – Mission to International Students Credits: 3

CHP 6112 – Crisis Response and Trauma Care Credits: 3

For a comprehensive list of courses related to this program visit the Academic Catalog.

Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Affirm to be a Christian and agree with CIU’s Doctrinal Standard
  • Official transcript for highest earned degree and any master’s level credits earned
    • A minimum 2.5 GPA for the most recent degree obtained.
  • Essay (800 words total)
  • Church Leader Reference

Accreditation and Accolades

SACSCOC (The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges)