Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Graduate Programs

The graduate program in Middle Eastern Studies encompasses a wide variety of critical methodologies and approaches to the Middle East. Guiding students to conceptualize the Middle East regionally instead of limiting them to a narrow scope of nation- and language-based inquiry, the graduate program encourages comparative study of the cultures, histories, and languages of the Middle East. In keeping with its open and flexible conception of Middle Eastern Studies, the program nurtures the study of more than one Middle Eastern language and familiarity with multiple Middle Eastern cultures. Course offerings are also widely varied, as are the topics of master’s theses/reports and doctoral dissertations. UT's MES graduate program embraces an inclusive view of the field, ensuring its continued leadership and visibility in the field. 
Our graduate programs in Middle Eastern Studies have among the strongest job placement records in the College of Liberal Arts. Although graduate programs in Middle Eastern Studies are not ranked officially in national reviews, we are nationally and internationally recognized as an academically excellent program which supports its students during their studies and places them in appropriate positions upon graduation.   


All programs and core areas are accepting applications for the Fall 2019 admissions cycle.


Master's Programs

MA in Middle Eastern Studies

Dual Degrees

Dual Degree MA MES / MBA Business Administration
Dual Degree MA MES / JD with the School of Law
Dual Degree MA MES / Communications (Journalism or Radio, Television, Film)
Dual Degree MA MES / M.P.Aff. With the LBJ School of Public Affairs
Dual Degree MA MES / MSc with Information Studies
Dual Degree MA MES / M.GPS With the LBJ School of Public Affairs


Core Areas

Hebrew Bible/Ancient Near East
Middle Eastern History
Middle Eastern Literatures & Cultures
Islamic Studies

If you have specific questions about our degrees or admissions requirements that you cannot locate on the website, please email Lisa Parisi

Please visit the Graduate Admissions and FAQ sections. 



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