Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

The Department of Middle Eastern Studies is not currently offering the TAFL terminal MA degree, nor any other terminal MA degrees


Admission Requirements

Because scholarship in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures requires a high degree of language proficiency, students normally complete a Master of Arts in the area of concentration before acceptance into the Ph.D. program. If you possess a bachelors degree and your long-term goals include our doctoral program, please indicate this on your application, which asks: "initial degree sought" (MA) and "ultimate degree sought" (Ph.D.). In exceptional cases, extensive study outside a master's program may be taken into account by the Graduate Admissions Committee. For students specializing in a living language tradition, advanced proficiency in the language of concentration is required. 


MA in MELC Degree Requirements

MA Requirements 

MA with Thesis 

12 hours of MES/MELC grad courses, 6 hours of upper-division language courses*, 6 hours in concentration courses, 6 hours in Thesis  

MA with Report 

15 hours of MES/MELC grad courses, 6 hours of upper-division language courses*, 9 hours in concentration courses, 3 hours in Master's Report 

* Graduate Advisor and Supervisor may require a student to enroll in additional MES/MELC or concentration courses if language study is not needed or applicable. 

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