Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Dual Degree Graduate Programs

About the Programs

In addition to the MA in Middle Eastern Studies, the Center offers seven dual degrees with the programs listed below. It is important to remember that while the student is concurrently enrolled in both programs, they remain discrete in admissions processes and graduation requirements. It is possible to be admitted into one program and not the other. These joint programs are structured so that students can earn two master's degrees simultaneously in three academic years, or four in the case of the School of Law. Students must take at least 4 graduate courses each semester in order to make steady progress towards both degrees. Please carefully review the requirements of each program before applying for admission, registering for courses, or applying for graduation.

  • The College of Business Administration
    Individually designed curricula include MBA core courses and electives and courses on the Middle East. Students must acquire proficiency in a Middle Eastern language and write a professional report. The program is intended to provide qualified students with the skills and perspectives to work effectively in business related to or in the Middle East.
  • The College of Communication
    The School of Journalism or the Department of Radio-Television-Film are the two departments who particpate in this agreement. This program combines advanced communication studies with interdisciplinary area studies and language courses. It responds to the increasing need for communication specialists with a thorough understanding of the culture, economics, geography, history, and politics of the Middle East and North Africa.
  • The School of Information
    The goal of this program is to train professionals who combine library and information expertise with an understanding of the cultures and societies of the Middle East and North Africa and Middle Eastern language skills.
  • The School of Law
    The program combines the study of law with interdisciplinary area studies and language courses. It responds to the increased need in both the public and private sectors for legal specialists with a thorough understanding of the economics, geography, history, politics, and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.
  • The Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs: Program in Public Affairs (M.P.Aff.)
    The program combines advanced policy studies with interdisciplinary area studies, responding to an increased need in both public and private sectors for policy specialists with a thorough understanding of the economics, geography, history, and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.
  • The Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs: Program in Global Policy Studies (M.GPS.)
    This program, administered through the LBJ School of Public Affairs, 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 Contacts:

David Justh Graduate Coordinator
(512) 471-3217

Dr. Karin Wilkins Director & Graduate Adviser

Dr. Blake Atwood Asst. Graduate Adviser

Program Resources:

CMES Graduate Program Policies

Frequently Asked Questions about the CMES Graduate Program

CMES Graduate Program Forms

Graduate Studies in CoLA


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