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A Master of Arts degree is an excellent choice for any student, allowing them to obtain a postgraduate degree, expand their knowledge base and job skills, and gain an advantage in a competitive job market. There are many different areas of study that are available for an MA degree, including an entire course of study focused on the Middle East. So what is an MA in Middle East studies?   A mas… Read more

A Master of Arts degree is an excellent choice for any student, allowing them to obtain a postgraduate degree, expand their knowledge base and job skills, and gain an advantage in a competitive job market. There are many different areas of study that are available for an MA degree, including an entire course of study focused on the Middle East. So what is an MA in Middle East studies?

A master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies usually focuses exclusively on West Asia and North Africa. Such a course of study will usually cover topics such as the politics, economics, history, cultures, and international relations of the Middle East. Programs teach students about various problems faced by the region, potential solutions, and connections with the rest of the world. These programs can also often feature religious studies, media courses, business courses, or military studies.

Studying the Middle East has many advantages, one of the first and foremost of which is the enhanced ability to find a job. A master’s degree can also improve an individual’s critical thinking as well as problem solving skills.

There are many potential careers available to those with a master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies. One prominent area is within government working on foreign policy since many different questions in international relations involve the Middle East. Jobs are also available in the private sector working for foreign businesses or nonprofit groups. Journalism is another excellent field for Middle Eastern studies graduates to pursue.

The cost of an advanced degree in Middle Eastern studies can vary widely, depending on the individual program, school, and country of study. It is important that potential students review their options carefully in order to ensure a good financial fit.

If you’re interested in pursuing an MA in Middle East studies, then start searching online today. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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University of Haifa, International School
Haifa, Israel

The International Master's Degree Program in Israel Studies offers students the opportunity for an in-depth study of the State of Israel from the beginning of the Zionist move ... +

The International Master's Degree Program in Israel Studies offers students the opportunity for an in-depth study of the State of Israel from the beginning of the Zionist movement until the present. Emphasis will be placed on the complexity of Israel's society, including its multicultural character at home as well as its relation to the Jewish Diaspora. -
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Full-time
English
Oct 2022
31 May 2022
Campus
 
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

The MA in Middle Eastern Studies focuses on modern and current themes while offering intensive study progress supervision. We also provide a Master's program and/or placement ... +

The MA in Middle Eastern Studies focuses on modern and current themes while offering intensive study progress supervision. We also provide a Master's program and/or placement abroad to the students who are interested. The program emphasizes current developments in the Middle East. You will study four core themes: history, politics, culture, and religion. There are three specializations in the first semester: Conflict, International Organizations, and Research Seminar. -
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Full-time
English (UK)
01 Sep 2023
01 May 2023
Campus
 
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat Gan, Israel

Since the turn of the millennium religious ideas and identities have increasingly shaped national and international politics, especially in the Middle East. This online MA pro ... +

Since the turn of the millennium religious ideas and identities have increasingly shaped national and international politics, especially in the Middle East. This online MA program – led by Prof. Jonathan Fox, one of the world’s foremost experts in the field – provides a unique platform for understanding the role of religion in contemporary politics. We explore the potential of religions to unite and divide societies, to exacerbate conflict, or provide frameworks for peace. Whether you are planning a career in academia, policy research, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or the clergy, or whether you simply have a passion to understand the social forces that shape our world, this program is for you. This two-year, online MA program will provide you with a deep academic grounding in religious and Middle Eastern politics as well as in general political science. The program is taught entirely in English by leading experts. There are approximately six hours of online teaching each week, and the program is open to students anywhere in the world. We consider both religious politics and Middle Eastern politics important topics of study within political science. This program uniquely combines these topics, which include a broad survey of Middle Eastern politics as well as religious politics both in the Middle East and outside of the Middle East. At the same time, we provide courses that cover basic political science theory and methodology. Thus, while this course of study has a unique focus, it will also provide a broad foundation in the general discipline of political science. Bar-Ilan University’s Political Science Department is uniquely situated to provide this course of study. Its faculty is part of a 40+ year tradition of expertise and excellence in religious and Middle Eastern politics and includes world-class researchers and instructors on these topics. The department is also home to premier research centers and projects, which focus on these issues. These include the Religion and State Project, the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, the Middle East’s premier national security think tank, and the Argov Center for the Study of Israel and the Jewish People. Read more about this degree in this article. -
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Full-time
2 years
English
Oct 2022
31 May 2022
Campus
 

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Leiden University
Leiden, Netherlands +9 More

The Middle Eastern Studies Department at Leiden University is among the largest of its kind in Europe and a leading centre for academic research. The master’s programme in Mid ... +

The Middle Eastern Studies Department at Leiden University is among the largest of its kind in Europe and a leading centre for academic research. The master’s programme in Middle Eastern Studies capitalises on this expertise in every way. -
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Full-time
English
Campus
 
The George Washington University - Elliott School Of International Affairs
Washington, USA

Renowned scholarship and critical policy research anchor this master’s program which produces leaders in business, security, diplomacy and public service, public health, confl ... +

Renowned scholarship and critical policy research anchor this master’s program which produces leaders in business, security, diplomacy and public service, public health, conflict resolution, and related fields in the region. The interdisciplinary structure of this program will give you multiple perspectives on critical issues and accommodate a special academic focus or personal interest in your studies. -
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Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Polis – The Jerusalem Institute of Languages and Humanities
Jerusalem, Israel

The Two-Year Academic Program in Near Eastern Languages consists of intensive and full immersion modern and ancient language courses in Arabic and Hebrew as well as courses in ... +

The Two-Year Academic Program in Near Eastern Languages consists of intensive and full immersion modern and ancient language courses in Arabic and Hebrew as well as courses in history, philosophy, and literature of the ancient and contemporary Near East. -
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Full-time
2 years
English
01 Sep 2022
01 Aug 2022
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University of Southern Denmark
Odense, Denmark

The purpose of the graduate program in Middle East Studies is to provide a thorough knowledge of contemporary historical and political conditions of the Middle East. You will ... +

The purpose of the graduate program in Middle East Studies is to provide a thorough knowledge of contemporary historical and political conditions of the Middle East. You will acquire a historical overview of the Middle East as well as detailed insight into central issues related to the shaping of the modern Middle East. -
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Full-time
2 years
English
01 Sep 2022
Campus
 
Al Akhawayn University (in Ifrane)
Ifran, Morocco

The Master of Arts in North African and Middle Eastern Studies (NAMES) offers an intensive study of social sciences and humanities courses focusing on North Africa and the Mid ... +

The Master of Arts in North African and Middle Eastern Studies (NAMES) offers an intensive study of social sciences and humanities courses focusing on North Africa and the Middle East. The program takes advantage of the school's faculty expertise in Northern Africa, in particular, while also offering opportunities to attend lectures by regional specialists and to conduct fieldwork or archival research. -
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Full-time
Part-time
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
USEK - Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
Jounieh, Lebanon +3 More

USEK School of Law and Political Sciences was inaugurated on November 10th, 1988, symbolically on the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. From its b ... +

USEK School of Law and Political Sciences was inaugurated on November 10th, 1988, symbolically on the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. From its beginnings, the School of Law and Political Sciences has always offered its students an exceptional education that consolidates the strength of tradition with the dynamism of the modern world. -
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Full-time
2 years
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Oct 2022
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University of Tartu
Tartu, Estonia

The Contemporary Asian and Middle Eastern master's programme at the University of Tartu provides a comprehensive overview of Asian and Middle Eastern economies, politics, cult ... +

The Contemporary Asian and Middle Eastern master's programme at the University of Tartu provides a comprehensive overview of Asian and Middle Eastern economies, politics, cultures, societies and languages (e.g. Japanese, Chinese, Korean) and opportunities to study different languages (e.g. Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Arabic). -
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Full-time
4 semesters
English
Sep 2023
15 Mar 2023
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

The MA in Iranian Studies enables students to critically assess the historical development of Iranian society, economics and culture within the context of the wider west Asian ... +

The MA in Iranian Studies enables students to critically assess the historical development of Iranian society, economics and culture within the context of the wider west Asian area and to appreciate the complexity of the history and cultural make up of Iran. -
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Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
English
26 Sep 2022
30 Jun 2022
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

The program consists of a minor dissertation and the two modules listed below. Students, in collaboration with the Department, choose two modules from the list below. Modules ... +

The program consists of a minor dissertation and the two modules listed below. Students, in collaboration with the Department, choose two modules from the list below. Modules are offered over two semesters. Each module is examined by means of an examination with a weighting of 45 credits each. The minor dissertation has a weighting of 90 credits. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

Offered by Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS) in conjunction with the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, the M.A. in Islamic and Middle Eas ... +

Offered by Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS) in conjunction with the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, the M.A. in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies is an intensive, integrated program designed for students who wish to study the religion, politics, society, history, and culture of the Middle East. -
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Full-time
English
Campus
 
Spertus Institute
Chicago, USA

Spertus Institute's Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MAJS) is a sequenced, content-specific program that explores Jewish civilization's evolving nature, the fundamental relig ... +

Spertus Institute's Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MAJS) is a sequenced, content-specific program that explores Jewish civilization's evolving nature, the fundamental religious and intellectual outlook of Jews and Judaism, and the contributions of Jewish civilization to human civilization. -
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English
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University of Haifa, International School
Haifa, Israel

The Department of Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa is excited to introduce a new international Jewish Studies MA program in Jewish history, philosophy and thought.

The Department of Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa is excited to introduce a new international Jewish Studies MA program in Jewish history, philosophy and thought. -
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English
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