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9 Master of Science Programs in Middle East Studies

After completing a bachelor’s degree, some students may choose to continue studying in order to earn a Master of Science (MSc). This graduate degree usually takes an additional one to two years to complete, allowing students to focus their studies on skills and knowledge that are likely to help them advance their careers or pursue a PhD. What is an MSc in Middle East Studies? This type of de… Read more

After completing a bachelor’s degree, some students may choose to continue studying in order to earn a Master of Science (MSc). This graduate degree usually takes an additional one to two years to complete, allowing students to focus their studies on skills and knowledge that are likely to help them advance their careers or pursue a PhD.

What is an MSc in Middle East Studies? This type of degree program focuses on the culture, history and politics of Middle Eastern countries. In addition to taking appropriate language courses, classwork may cover such topics as political violence and resistance, Islam, foreign policies, political ideologies, state and transformation in the Middle East and international politics. Before graduation, students may be required to complete a thesis, dissertation, project or some time abroad.

Spending time delving into the history, politics and languages of countries in the Middle East can broaden students’ understanding of the world. These types of studies can be particularly useful for students looking for careers in international business or politics. 

How much it costs to earn a master’s degree in Middle East studies depends on the school and length of the program. Interested students are encouraged to contact the admission office of their program of choice in order to understand all of the costs involved.

Graduates who earn an MSc in Middle East Studies may find a variety of interesting career opportunities open to them. With proper language fluency and understanding of international politics and business, graduates may be able to work as communications officers, analysts, consultants and researchers. There may even be available work as a translator to political ambassadors visiting countries in the Middle East. Graduates may also decide to use their master’s degree as a gateway to a PhD program, which could lead to a career as a professor or teacher.

Online courses for earning a master’s degree in Middle East studies may be available for international students or those in need of distance learning options. For more information, 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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SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom

Applicants apply for the MSc Development Studies programme but can decide to follow the Palestine Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this ... +

Applicants apply for the MSc Development Studies programme but can decide to follow the Palestine Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway. We welcome applications from those who have worked in a broad field of development, but also from students without relevant work experience who can demonstrate a strong interest in, and understanding of, development issues in Palestine. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Lund University
Lund , Sweden

The two-year international interdisciplinary Master’s Programme in Middle Eastern Studies aims to develop deeper knowledge about the Middle East of today. The Middle East is a ... +

The two-year international interdisciplinary Master’s Programme in Middle Eastern Studies aims to develop deeper knowledge about the Middle East of today. The Middle East is analysed as a historically changeable concept rather than a delimited geographical region. Particular emphasis is given to the processes, norms and flows that continuously shape the Middle East, such as migration, refugees, legal, political, social and economic conditions, as well as cultural and gender constructs. The programme offers courses in multiple focus areas and language training in the Middle East. It provides a solid foundation for a career in Middle Eastern analysis, diplomacy, government, development, culture, or enterprise, as well as for further academic research and PhD studies. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Edinburgh - School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Edinburgh , United Kingdom

You will gain an advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of the history, modern politics and culture of the Islamic Middle East, and explore the paradigms behind the various ... +

You will gain an advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of the history, modern politics and culture of the Islamic Middle East, and explore the paradigms behind the various disciplines within this field. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
English, Persian, Turkish, Arabic
Campus
 

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Philipps University Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics
Marburg , Germany

EMEA is a unique master’s programme combining institutional economics and business administration with applications to the economies of the MENA region.

EMEA is a unique master’s programme combining institutional economics and business administration with applications to the economies of the MENA region. -
MSc
Full-time
24 months
English
Campus
 
Durham University
Durham , United Kingdom

The MSc Arab World Studies is intended to provide rigorous, research-driven, interdisciplinary, masters-level education and training. It is committed to providing a supportive ... +

The MSc Arab World Studies is intended to provide rigorous, research-driven, interdisciplinary, masters-level education and training. It is committed to providing a supportive learning environment that seeks to combine critical and practical reasoning so as to attain the following aims: -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom

Applicants apply for the MSc Violence, Conflict and Development programme but can decide to follow the Palestine Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules re ... +

Applicants apply for the MSc Violence, Conflict and Development programme but can decide to follow the Palestine Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway. Students taking the Palestine Pathway will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Palestine. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom

The degree offers students an opportunity to study politics in the region through a number of disciplinary approaches, such as political sociology (class, gender, ethnicity an ... +

The degree offers students an opportunity to study politics in the region through a number of disciplinary approaches, such as political sociology (class, gender, ethnicity and sect), comparative politics (state power, political economy of development, democratic openings and nationalism), and international politics (war, international political economy, regionalism and dependency). -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
University of Edinburgh - School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Edinburgh , United Kingdom

This two-year programme offers a unique opportunity for in-depth study of the Arabic language, region-specific culture, history and politics. It is intended for students who a ... +

This two-year programme offers a unique opportunity for in-depth study of the Arabic language, region-specific culture, history and politics. It is intended for students who already have some knowledge of the Arabic language (approximately 400 hours of previous study or CEF level B1 or B2). -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English, Arabic
Campus
 
University of Edinburgh - School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Edinburgh , United Kingdom

This interdisciplinary programme builds on a number of fields of study, including ancient history, Middle Eastern studies and Islamic studies. It is distinctive in its breadth ... +

This interdisciplinary programme builds on a number of fields of study, including ancient history, Middle Eastern studies and Islamic studies. It is distinctive in its breadth and diversity, drawing on the University’s extensive expertise in Iranian historical and cultural studies from the pre-Islamic Iran to the present day. You will also learn from scholars with complementary interests in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 

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