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M.A. Program in Middle Eastern Studies

Course Requirements

CMES offers a master’s degree with thesis and a master’s degree with report; the course requirements for each are outlined below.  The time to degree completion is set at 2 years. On occasion, the Graduate Adviser or Director may approve an extra summer to complete thesis/report research.
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 (MES 698A & MES 698B) - taken on CR/NC grade basis

      Thesis courses are sequence courses at 3 credit hours each, despite the course number

      beginning with the number 6.

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 (MES 398R) - taken on CR/NC grade basis

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.

Students have the option of doing 1 social science or 1 history course. Doing so increases the concentration course requirement by 1 course.

Policies & Guidelines

Review the CMES program policies and guidelines and frequently asked questions.

Language Requirement

While enrolled in the degree program, students must complete two upper-division or graduate-level in-residence courses conducted in one Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Modern Hebrew, Persian, Turkish or Tajiki).  These courses may fulfill other degree requirements in the arts/humanities.  2nd and 3rd year language are upper-division courses.

First-year language courses are lower-division and, as such, cannot be used to meet the language requirement.  Students with little or no language background can be admitted to the program and start taking first-year lanauge in their first year, provided that they continue to second-year language in the following year to satisfy the language requirement.

Middle Eastern Studies' Summer Language Institutes in Arabic and Persian provide one year's worth of language in 10 weeks.  Oftentimes, novice language learners find it useful to take 1st or 2nd year during this period instead of during the academic year.  This is especially useful for those pursuing the dual-language track.

Native speakers of a Middle Eastern language may not use their native tongue to complete this requirement.  They must complete these courses in a second Middle Eastern language.

GPA Requirement

All students must maintain a minimum 3.50 GPA in order to remain in good standing.  If a student falls between a 3.00 - 3.50 in a given semester, he/she will enter probation and have one semester to bring their grades back above a 3.50.  Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.  Students must possess at least a 3.50 in order to graduate from the program.

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