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Dual MA/MGPS Degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Global Policy Studies

CMES and the LBJ School of Public Affairs offer a dual degree program leading to two graduate degrees, the Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) degree and the Master of Arts (MA) in Middle Eastern Studies. The dual degree combines advanced studies of globalization with a focus on the politics, economy, and cultures of the Middle East. Graduates should possess substantial career flexibility and attractiveness to prospective employers in government, private industry, and the non-profit sector.

Program Structure

Students can earn both degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years. Degrees are awarded when the required course work in both areas is completed.

The joint program is structured so that students can earn both master's degrees simultaneously in three academic years. Some students, particularly those who enter the program with a language deficiency, may find it necessary to enroll for an additional semester or summer session in order to complete all the requirements of the program. Degrees are awarded when the required course work in both areas is completed.

A student must also achieve proficiency in a Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish) equal to two years of course work. The language requirement may be fulfilled by examination or through formal study of the language. Native speakers of a Middle Eastern language will have to achieve proficiency in an additional Middle Eastern language.

Students in the dual degree program take the following courses, which total 70 credit hours of work: 

Global Policy Studies:

  • The Global Policy Studies core courses (22 hours): Policymaking in a Global Age, Microeconomics, The Nature of the International System, Analytical Methods for Global Policy Studies, International Economics, Policy Research Project, and Crisis Management.
  • An MGPS specialization (15 hours) chosen from Security, Law, and Diplomacy; International Trade and Finance; Development; Global Governance and International Law; International Energy, Environment, and Technology; Regional International Policy; or a student-initiated specialization. Specialization courses should be selected based on their relationship to the overall dual-degree program, as agreed with the Graduate Adviser.
  • Summer internship in an office where activity is related to the dual degree program.

Middle Eastern Studies:

MA with thesis (30 hours)
•    6 hours of history
•    6 hours of social science
•    6 hours of arts/humanities
•    6 hours of concentration courses
•    6 hours of thesis coursework

MA with report (33 hours)
•    6 hours of history
•    6 hours of social science
•    6 hours of arts/humanities
•    12 hours of concentration courses
•    3 hours of report coursework

Concentration courses must relate to the student’s thesis or report topic.

All courses on the program of work, i.e., all courses used to fulfill the requirements listed above, must be taken on a letter-grade basis.
 
Language Requirement
Students must complete two upper-division or graduate-level in-residence courses conducted in one Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Tajiki, or Turkish) while enrolled in the degree program. These courses may fulfill other degree requirements in the arts/humanities.

Native speakers of a Middle Eastern language must complete these courses in a second Middle Eastern language.

Admissions

Prospective dual degree students must apply separately to both programs and fulfill the distinct application requirements and deadlines of each. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the appropriate materials are sent to the respective departments. An applicant must be accepted to each individual program in order to be admitted to the dual program. Please review the Admissions section of this website for a list of Center application requirements.

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