Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Dual Degree MA with Communications

The College of Communication and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies offer joint programs leading to the Master of Arts in Journalism or Radio-Television-Film (RTF) and the Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies. 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 program is structured so that students can earn both degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years. Some students, particularly those who enter the program without the expected language proficiency, may find it necessary to enroll for an additional semester or summer session in order to complete all requirements of the program. Degrees are awarded when the required course work in both areas is completed.


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.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a combined total of 63 semester hours in both programs. The particular requirements for the programs are listed below.

Please review the Journalism website for details on current program requirements

Please review the RTF website for details on current program requirements

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, 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.

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