MA in Middle Eastern Studies

Tel Aviv University

Program Description

MA in Middle Eastern Studies

Tel Aviv University

MA in Middle Eastern Studies

Over three back-to-back semesters, the TAU International Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies (MAMES) Program offers students an academic immersion in the current affairs and history of the Modern Middle East. Those interested in pursuing careers in the fields of journalism, diplomacy, government, think tank research, advocacy/activism, and academia, will find an unparalleled opportunity to acquire an in-depth understanding of the political, social and economic dimensions of the Middle East, from within. This program equips its graduates with the analytical tools and knowledge base to eventually become experts on a region whose geo-political developments regularly affect the state of global affairs. Students who complete the program are awarded an M.A. degree in Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University's prestigious department of Middle Eastern and African History.


The MAMES Program offers a well-rounded and thorough curriculum, including seminars and intensive language studies. Students are required to complete three core seminars and five elective seminars over the duration of three back-to-back semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer).

The MAMES Program offers an executive track (without thesis) and a research track (with thesis and languages). Qualified students who would like to continue onto a Ph.D. program, or who would simply like to complete a thesis, are able to do so under the supervision of a member of the faculty or under a seasoned researcher from the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies.

MAMES research track students are required to complete three semesters of introductory spoken and Modern Standard Arabic language courses. MAMES executive track students are strongly encouraged to study a regional language; however, language courses are not necessary for the completion of the executive track degree.

MAMES students also benefit from TAU's intensive Hebrew courses. Students have the option to learn Hebrew in an intensive seven-week ulpan course. For students who cannot attend the summer ulpan, there is an option to take a February Hebrew Language intensive ulpan for four weeks.

The program also boasts a strong extracurricular component, including:

  • Film and lecture series
  • Field trips to the Arab-Israeli city of Umm al-Fahem; trips to the North and South of Israel where we learn about the Druze and Bedouin minorities of Israel; an optional trip to Petra, Jordan; an optional study tour to a neighboring country (such as Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, or Turkey), accompanied by expert researchers.

These activities are meant to enhance the students' knowledge and ability to understand and analyze the complexities of a region transitioning through a period of profound change.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 17, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2017
3 semesters
Full time
15,100 USD
Start date Oct. 2017
Israel Tel Aviv
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End date Request Info
Duration 3 semesters
Price 15,100 USD
- Executive Track; 23,100 USD - Research Track with Arabic