Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Dual Degree MA/MSc with Information Studies

In conjunction with the School of Information, the Center offers a program in which a student can work toward the joint degrees of Master of Science in Information Studies and Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies in approximately three academic years. The goal of this program is to train professionals who combine library and information expertise with an understanding of the cultures and societies of the Middle East and North Africa and Middle Eastern language skills.

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 with a language deficiency, 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 coursework 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 minimum of 73 (MES Thesis option) or 76 (MES Report option) semester hours in both programs. The particular requirements for the programs are listed below.

Information Studies
Forty hours of library and information science course work, including four required courses (Introduction to Library and Information Studies, Information Technology and the Information Professions, Understanding and Serving Users, and Research in Information Studies)

Middle Eastern Studies:

MA with thesis (30 hours)

  • 4 courses (12 credits):  MES graduate courses
  • 2 courses (6 credits): Upper-division language courses: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or Hebrew. 
  • 2 courses (6 credits):  Concentration courses to be approved by Graduate Adviser.* 
  • 2 courses (6 credits):  Thesis courses:  MES 698A & 698B. Taken on the CR/NC grade basis. Thesis courses are sequential and contrary to their numbering are 3 credit hours each.

MA with report (33 hours)

  • 5 courses (15 credits): MES graduate courses
  • 2 courses (6 credits): Upper-division language courses: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or Hebrew.
  • 3 courses (9 credits): Concentration courses to be approved by Graduate Adviser.* 
  • 1 course (3 credits):  Report course:  MES 398R. Taken on the CR/NC grade basis.

All courses on the program of work 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, Tajiki, or Turkish) while enrolled in the degree program. *Students who wish to earn a language concentration may use their concentration credits to pursue additional language study, including a second Middle Eastern language at the first-year level. 

Native speakers of a Middle Eastern language must complete these courses in a second Middle Eastern language.

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