MA in Middle Eastern Studies

Tel Aviv University - International Office

Program Description

MA in Middle Eastern Studies

Tel Aviv University - International Office

Through three back-to-back semesters, students who participate in the Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies (MAMES) program become immersed in the history and current affairs of the modern Middle East. Those who are interested in pursuing careers pertaining to the Middle East 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 region from within. This program will equip its graduates with the analytical tools and knowledge base to eventually become experts on a region whose geopolitical 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. Elective seminars cover a broad range of topics affecting countries from North Africa to the Persian Gulf, from social and economic history to media, contemporary gender issues, and the Arab Spring. Students may enrich their studies through optional Hebrew and Arabic courses. Hebrew courses are compulsory for MASA grant students. Students with qualifying grades are eligible to continue on to a thesis project, in which they deeply examine a topic of their interest under the guidance of a seasoned researcher.

The program also includes a strong extracurricular component, including weekly film and lecture series, 5 study trips within Israel, and internship and publishing opportunities vis-a-vis the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, the program's affiliated research center. MAMES provides career development by networking students with relevant internships and field professionals.


Graduate seminars in the MAMES program are taught by world-class experts and upcoming authorities in their fields. Lecturers are drawn from the TAU Department of Middle Eastern and African History's senior faculty, research fellows of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and professionals in adjacent fields.


Our program is designed for graduates of accredited institutions of higher education. We strongly believe in an interdisciplinary approach and therefore accept any undergraduate fields or majors. Thus, there are no academic prerequisites for this program. The first semester will provide for a comprehensive, historical overview of selected topics and major trends in Middle Eastern History (19th-20th centuries).

Application Materials and Requirements

Applicants are asked to submit the following with their online application form (all documents must be in original and sent from their source):

  • Copy of bachelor’s degree diploma
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions you have attended
  • General GPA requirement of 80 on a scale of 100, 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, or C on the ECTS scale. These are approximate and candidates with other strengths are also encouraged to apply.
  • If your transcripts are not written in English, you will need to acquire a translated copy which will need to be notarized for authenticity.
  • Two letters of recommendation, from academic and/or professional sources
  • Personal essay
  • This personal essay must be up to three pages in length, and should include your interest in pursuing the M.A. Program in Middle Eastern Studies; how the program fits into your overall professional growth; and how you will contribute to the program and class dynamics.
  • Resume/CV
  • Your TOEFL or IELTS exam scores, if your native language is not English or your previous academic degree was not taught in English.
  • Minimum TOEFL requirements: 573 on the paper-based test; 230 on the computer-based test; and 89 on the internet-based test. The University's Code is 7704.
  • Minimum IELTS requirements: Overall Band Score of 7.0.
  • $100 USD application fee, payable by credit card or bank transfer.
  • One passport sized photo
  • A Health Declaration (to be filled out by the applicant) and a Medical Form (to be filled out by a licensed doctor). Both forms are not mandatory while an applicant's file is marked as 'Under Review,' but are highly suggested to be sent in as soon as possible.

Application Deadline

  • Late Deadline: August 30, 2017.

Costs & Funding

Executive Track Annual Tuition

  • Application Fee: $100 USD
  • Annual Tuition: $15,000 USD

*Please note that language studies are not included. Students are welcome to enroll in Arabic language courses (one course each semester) for an additional $3000 USD. The optional thesis year has a tuition fee of $5000. Arabic courses are obligatory for students who wish to write a thesis.

Fees include:

  • Tuition is $15,000 for three semesters of study (8 graduate seminars), not including language instruction or the thesis semester
  • Health insurance coverage for the duration of the program.
  • 5 trips to Israel and M.A.MES extracurricular activities and programming, including trips to the north and south to visit minority communities in Israel, as well as lectures, museum visits, and films.

Scholarships and Funding

TAU International is committed to making education accessible to all students, regardless of their financial backgrounds, and several sources of funding are available, including need-based tuition assistance, delayed payment plans, and external scholarships. TAU also participates in U.S. federal student loan programs.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 25, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2018
3 semesters
Full time
15,000 USD
Israel - Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District
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Oct. 2018
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