Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

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The GRE requirement has just been waived (as of 11/12/21) for the doctoral program in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (667800). For applicants to the doctoral program who have already paid for and/or taken the GRE, they have the option of asking that their scores be disregarded. To make this request or to express any concerns about this recent change, applicants should contact the department’s Graduate Adviser, Dr. Bruce Wells.

Offered through the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, the graduate program in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (degree code 667800) aims to educate and mentor scholars and teachers of the languages and cultures of the Middle East with the depth to support a sustained research career and the breadth to teach a range of courses on Middle Eastern topics. Students in DMES learn to design and execute research projects that will help redefine the frontiers of discovery in their field. Teaching experience helps prepare them to communicate new knowledge to experts and non-experts alike. Degrees are disciplinary-oriented, not language-oriented. In applying to the doctoral program, students select a field of study from among the following:


Ph.D. Tracks


Hebrew Bible / Ancient Near East Track

The HB/ANE track is designed to immerse students in the critical, academic study of the Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context.


Middle Eastern Literatures and Cultures Track

This track provides graduate students with comprehensive and in-depth training in Middle Eastern literary and cultural production. The course of study is engaged within and across national and linguistic boundaries, disciplines, genres, and historical periods. Students are trained in comparative and theoretical approaches to literature, film, and media.


Middle Eastern History Track

The Middle Eastern History track provides students with training in the discipline of History, with a geographic focus on the Middle East region, with the primary goal of training Ph.D.s for academic jobs in history programs.


Islamic Studies Track

The doctoral program in Islamic Studies at UT Austin provides in-depth multidisciplinary training in the study of Islam coupled with a strong grounding in languages and theoretical approaches in religious studies. 


Linguistics Track

For those interested in linguistics, this track offers courses in theoretical linguistics. Theoretical interests of faculty include comparative Semitics, dialectology, historical linguistics, language contact, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and syntax. 

We encourage prospective students to read our Graduate Admissions FAQ, as many general questions are answered on our website.

Please visit the Graduate Student Forms and Ph.D. Degree Requirements sections. 


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