Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Dual Degree MA/MBA in Middle Eastern Studies and Business Administration

In conjunction with The McCombs School of Business, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies offers a program wherein a student can earn simultaneously the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies in approximately three academic years. 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.

Students usually spend their first year in this program taking Middle Eastern Studies courses. The second year is dedicated to graduate business courses and approved electives. The final year of course work is usually a combination of courses from both programs.


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 80 semester hours in both programs (using the MES Report option). The particular requirements for the programs are listed below.

McCombs School of Business:

  • 23 hours of required business core courses
  • 24 hours of elective courses in business

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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