Migration Management Diploma Programme (MMDP)

The Migration Management Diploma Programme (MMDP) is a capacity building programme offered by UNU-MERIT | Maastricht University since 2013. This programme is specifically designed for migration government professionals, providing a focus on theoretical knowledge, as well as practical skills such as articulation and presenting; how to write briefs, policy notes and memoranda; how to formulate evidence-based policy; and how to work in a group and deal with conflicting interests. Throughout the programme, participants will benefit from the helpful input of the core teaching team (part of UNU-MERIT | Maastricht University), visiting migration experts in the field, and guest lecturers from well-known international organizations in different country contexts.

The MMDP Spring 2021 cohort is being delivered entirely online with the financial assistance of the European Union, contracted by ICMPD through the Mobility Partnership Facility, and co-financed by the German Development Cooperation (GIZ). Our participants will be able to participate from any locationtake part in specially designed online live classes and interactive PBL sessions and gather the desired international collaborative experience.

The online version of MMDP assures high-quality specialized knowledge and enhances the capacities of government officials in the field through the programme methodology and the three tailored courses:

  • Migration Management and Protection
  • Migration & Development
  • Migration Policy


Running for three months online on a full-time basis, the course uses a range of teaching and evaluation methods including lectures and virtual interactive sessions with participants. The programme runs from 5 April until 25 June 2021, with an estimated 40 learning hours per week.

For the admission process, applications for scholarships are welcomed from professionals and civil servants who are working on or interested in migration management. Applications are accepted starting 20 November 2020. The final deadline for application is 8 January 2021 at 23:59 hrs. (CET). Applications submitted after this date will NOT be considered.

Eligible applicants for scholarships and participation in the online MMDP programme must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English;
  • Hold a minimum Bachelor’s university degree;
  • Assure for themselves a reliable internet connection throughout the entirety of the online course;
  • Assure for themselves a reliable electricity supply throughout the entirety of the online course;
  • Applicants must be confident in computer skills to follow an online education programme;
  • Applicants must work as government officials in the field of migration and/or asylum in one of the following eligible countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, India, Georgia, Jordan, Moldova, Morocco, Nigeria, or Tunisia.


For further information, please refer to the MMDP brochure, which is available for download on the right-hand side of this page.

If you have further questions on the application procedure or any other general questions related to the programme, please email: mmdp@maastrichtuniversity.nl


This action/project has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union, contracted by ICMPD through the Mobility Partnership Facility. The action/project has also been co-financed by the GIZ  on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. The contents of this action/project are the sole responsibility of the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and Maastricht University, and should under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union and that of the Federal Republic of Germany, nor the one of ICMPD or GIZ.