Critical & Creative Thinking, MA (International Migration, Development & Citizenship)

Master of Arts Degree in Critical and Creative Thinking with a Concentration in International Migration, Development and Citizenship

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 30
  • $375.00
  • $617.00

Why Pursue This Program

In the Critical & Creative Thinking, MA (MA CCT) with a concentration in International Migration, Development & Citizenship online program, students will examine the interconnection among local and global forces that shape the emergence of migration and refugee movements across national borders.

Most generally, this concentration considers the factors shaping cultures and practices of inclusion and exclusion and the impact of both on second and subsequent generations. 

Through coursework, students will: 

  • Consider the systemic impacts that migration and refugee movements have on the economic and human development of nations and communities of origin as well as destination
  • Examine multiple depictions, in non-fiction and fiction, of the construction of borderlands and of the causes and consequences of migration and displacement- particularly with regard to the United States, this concentration will promote critical analysis of migrants unequal access to political and other societal institutions
  • Study the socio-economic, spatial, linguistic and cultural citizenship hierarchies that often result from inequities

In each course, students will explore the cultural creations, religious practices, political responses and different types of capitals (human, cultural and social) associated with past and present immigrant waves. Special attention is paid to the historical, intellectual and social roots and consequences of immigration policies at the global, national and local levels. 

Students completing this program must complete 30 credit hours, including the following requirements: 

  • Introduction to Critical and Creative Thinking
  • 12 credit hours chosen from a primary concentration
  • An additional 12 credit hours chosen through an array of electives from outside the primary concentration or from a secondary MA CCT concentration
  • A graduate project

More about the graduate project:

The graduate project for the MA CCT degree is intended to represent the culmination of a student's work within the program. Students propose and produce an independent creative project under the guidance of a faculty adviser drawing on their experiences throughout the program of study. The project may take one of a variety of forms. Examples include (but are not limited to), a formal research paper, development of a mobile app, production of a film or development of a project or program to be implemented in the student's community or place of employment.

More about the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking (MA CCT):

The Master of Arts in Critical & Creative Thinking (MA CCT) embodies the College of Arts & Sciences' ongoing commitment to personal enrichment as well as to the practical application of analytical skills and knowledge in a diverse array of both for-profit and nonprofit professional environments. This interdisciplinary degree provides a unique opportunity to pursue both breadth and depth within the rich and diverse landscape of the liberal arts and sciences. Students pursuing this degree will enhance their career potential by developing advanced skills and abilities necessary for critical thinking, creativity and leadership. 

The online Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking offers six concentrations including: 

  • Cultural & Global Analysis
  • Ethics & Values
  • Health & the Environment
  • International Migration, Development & Citizenship
  • Organizational Science & Leadership
  • Writing & Critical Reflection

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.