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Graduate Program in Middle Eastern Studies

The MA in Middle Eastern Studies is an interdisciplinary academic degree designed to broaden and deepen the student’s knowledge of the languages and cultures of the Middle East.  The program develops a strong knowledge base, preparing students for leadership positions as professionals in areas such as journalism, translation, business, foreign policy, international law, and work with government and non-government organizations.

The program provides an intensive but flexible course of study built largely around individual interests. In addition to completing the prescribed coursework, students must demonstrate proficiency in a Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish) through completion of advanced coursework conducted in the language. The degree culminates in the completion of a thesis or report on a topic related to the student’s interests.

The program is designed for completion within two academic years. Courses need not be taken in any particular order, but the thesis or report must be completed during the semester in which the student graduates.

In addition to the MA in Middle Eastern studies, the Center offers seven dual degrees that allow graduate students to simultaneously earn an MA in Middle Eastern studies and a second degree from one of UT’s professional schools (Business, Communication, Public Affairs, Information, and Law).

While the Center does not offer a PhD, doctoral programs in a variety of academic disciplines enable students to focus on the Middle East in their course work and research.

12-Month Option

The Center offers a 12-month master's degree option, which is useful for students from the military. Funding from CMES is not available for such students. It is not a commonly pursued option as there are many challenges presented by trying to complete in 12 months what is typically completed in 21 months. But it has been done. Please review this document for details.

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