The Master of Arts in Women, Society, and Development is an interdisciplinary program focusing on issues related to women in the context of social and economic development in the Middle East, as well as women’s various roles in the advancement of their communities and societies. It draws on a variety of disciplines in social sciences and humanities, ranging from economic and social theory; to development and policy studies; to law and communication studies.

The program equips students with the ability to engage in local and regional knowledge production and to hone their skills in understanding and responding to women issues that are specific to the Middle East.

It enables students to translate this knowledge into practices and social interventions that are needed to improve the status of Middle Eastern girls and women in their own communities.

The program aligns with Qatar’s aspirations to contribute to global sustainable development in matters related to women and gender issues. It offers Qatar a think-tank capability on women-related issues that can be used for coherent national policy-making on issues related to women.

Program focus

Students will understand global research on women’s issues from a theoretical and methodological perspective needed for advancement to Ph.D. programs.

Students will understand how global research both defines and is informed by the specific debates and issues pertaining to women and development in the Middle East.

Students will learn how to translate academic theory and debate into local, knowledge-making practices needed to identify and address women’s issues at the neighborhood, community and regional levels.

Students will learn how local knowledge-making can be used to inform regional and national policies by applying inclusive equitable and effective public policies in all public and private institutions.

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A 39-credit full-time program taught in English over two years that include:

  • Core course: History, Politics, and Cultures of the Middle East
  • Core course: Social, Economic and Development Theory
  • Core course: Research Methods
  • Core course: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • Core course: Women, Work and Economic Development in the Middle East
  • Core course: Arab Women in a Global and Comparative Context
  • Core course: Critical Writing and Research Skills
  • Three elective courses
  • Independent study
  • MA thesis
  • Independent study
  • Internship

Admission & Application Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Arab Women Studies should have an undergraduate degree in any major from a recognized institution. They must also have a strong undergraduate academic record.

Applicants are required to take the IELTS or TOEFL exam in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English.

Applicants can be exempt from this requirement if they meet one of the conditions listed below:

  • The applicant completed their undergraduate studies at an institution in a country where English is the native language.
  • The applicant provides an official letter from the university where they completed their undergraduate studies confirming that they obtained their degree from an institution where the medium of instruction is English (if not otherwise exempt).
  • The applicants’ first language is English.
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