Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Master's Degree Requirements


The Master's graduate program has sustained a consistent level of attention to the breadth of study of the Middle East. The MA in Middle Eastern Studies (degree code 668000) is an interdisciplinary academic degree designed to broaden and deepen the student’s knowledge of the languages and cultures of the Middle East.
CMES offers degree programs that promote global competence, in-depth knowledge, and professional expertise among MA students. Our program offers a comprehensive, comparative, interdisciplinary approach to Middle Eastern Studies, bridging the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Law, Communication, Business, and Education, and the School of Public Affairs. Graduate MES courses are regularly cross-listed with departments and programs within these schools, and our MA students work on their theses and reports with affiliate faculty from across the university. CMES has 74 faculty affiliates housed in 15 departments and centers administered across five professional schools and colleges (including the School of Law, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the School of Information, and the College of Education). Ensuring breadth in the MES graduate curriculum, CMES affiliated faculty consistently offer courses in their respective areas of expertise in relation to the Middle East region. Their courses originate in diverse fields, including art history, Asian studies, history, sociology, government, anthropology, and religious studies.

 

Master's with Thesis (30 hours)◊

4 courses
(12 credits)
MES Graduate Seminars
2 courses
(6 credits)
Intermediate to Advanced Language Courses*
2 courses
(6 credits)
courses specific to the methods or theories relevant to the student’s disciplinary focus, approved by the Graduate Adviser
2 courses
(6 credits)
Master's Thesis; taken sequentially 
◊ All students must maintain a minimum 3.50 GPA in order to remain in good standing
* Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish

Master's with Report (33 hours)◊

5 courses
(15 credits)
MES Graduate Seminars
2 courses
(6 credits)
Intermediate to Advanced Language Courses*
3 courses
(9 credits)
courses specific to the methods or theories relevant to the student’s disciplinary focus, approved by the Graduate Adviser
1 course
(3 credits)
Master's Report; taken the last semester
◊ All students must maintain a minimum 3.50 GPA in order to remain in good standing
* Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish

 


Time-to-Degree

We do not offer an accelerated track; the Master's degree is expected to be completed within two academic years (21 months).

Year One

Fall 
Spring
Graduate Course
Graduate Course
Graduate Course
Graduate Course
Language Course
Language Course

Year Two

Fall 
Spring
Graduate Course
Graduate Course
Graduate Course
Graduate Course
Thesis A*
Thesis B / Report
* Students who pursue the Report option will substitute Thesis A with an additional Graduate Course. 

 



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