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37 Masters Programs in Middle East Studies

A master’s degree is an advanced academic designation bestowed upon individuals who effectively complete a comprehensive course of study in a particular field or industry. Most master’s degree programs take roughly two years to complete, and typically build upon the knowledge gained in a related bachelor’s degree program. Just what is a Master in Middle East Studies? This rigorou… Read more

A master’s degree is an advanced academic designation bestowed upon individuals who effectively complete a comprehensive course of study in a particular field or industry. Most master’s degree programs take roughly two years to complete, and typically build upon the knowledge gained in a related bachelor’s degree program.

Just what is a Master in Middle East Studies? This rigorous program generally takes two years to complete and involves a broad overview of topics of relevance to the Middle East. Students in such a program should expect to cover Middle Eastern history, Islamic and religious studies, Middle Eastern art and archaeology, and a variety of languages and notable works of literature written in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish. Additional attention will be given to ancient cultures such as Egyptology and Assyriology, as well as the economic considerations of interest to this area.

Successful graduates of a Master in Middle East Studies program are prepared for a broad variety of global positions. They are also typically hired before and able to command higher salaries than those without degrees, or those with lesser degrees.

The cost of obtaining a Master in Middle East Studies varies based on several key factors, among them the duration of the program, the region through which it is offered, and the prestige of the program itself and the school offering it.

Many graduates of Middle East master’s programs find work in higher education or as cultural liaisons or analysts, while others find employment in consulting, translation, foreign services, non-governmental organizations or in the private sector. Others yet use the degree as a means of obtaining a more advanced degree.

If a Master in Middle East studies sounds like the right course of action for you, access our extensive global directory of programs and use the lead form to find one that best suits your needs. 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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The George Washington University - Elliott School Of International Affairs
Washington , USA

GW’s Middle East Studies program has become one of the most exciting and fascinating places to study an exciting and fascinating region. Our reputation as a center for serious ... +

GW’s Middle East Studies program has become one of the most exciting and fascinating places to study an exciting and fascinating region. Our reputation as a center for serious scholarship and critical policy research has garnered national and international recognition. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
31 Aug 2020
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. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
31 Aug 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
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. -
MA
Full-time
English
Oct 2020
Campus
 
University of Bologna
Bologna , Italy

The Master in History and oriental studies: Global Cultures is intended to be a radically new approach to the humanities. Students are invited to critically analyze the “shock ... +

The Master in History and oriental studies: Global Cultures is intended to be a radically new approach to the humanities. Students are invited to critically analyze the “shock of the global” that is shaping our lives and societies and to abandon the traditional Eurocentric and state-centered approaches and methodologies. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of Tartu
Tartu , Estonia

We provide a comprehensive curriculum in Asian and Middle Eastern economies, politics, languages and societies, a flexible and personalised study plan, and a multinational stu ... +

We provide a comprehensive curriculum in Asian and Middle Eastern economies, politics, languages and societies, a flexible and personalised study plan, and a multinational study environment. The programme creates tailor-made study packages at our partner universities across Asia and the Middle East and values the need to fine-tune your practical skills through internships (included in the programme) in private companies, state organisations and NGOs. -
MA
Full-time
4 semesters
English
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. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English
01 Feb 2021
15 Oct 2020
Campus
 
University of St Andrews
Saint Andrews , United Kingdom

The MLitt in Iranian Studies offers students the opportunity to study the history, politics and international relations of Iran in a diverse and intellectually stimulating env ... +

The MLitt in Iranian Studies offers students the opportunity to study the history, politics and international relations of Iran in a diverse and intellectually stimulating environment. -
Master
Full-time
English
14 Sep 2020
Campus
 
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. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Sabanci University
Istanbul , Turkey

Turkish Studies MA program is the first such interdisciplinary graduate program in Turkey with English language instruction. Its primary purpose is to meet the growing interna ... +

Turkish Studies MA program is the first such interdisciplinary graduate program in Turkey with English language instruction. Its primary purpose is to meet the growing international demand for knowledge about and a deeper understanding of Turkey. -
MA
Full-time
3 - 4 semesters
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
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. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg , South Africa

The coursework programme in MA in Semitic Languages and Cultures consists of a minor dissertation and the two modules. In research mode, a dissertation where students focus on ... +

The coursework programme in MA in Semitic Languages and Cultures consists of a minor dissertation and the two modules. In research mode, a dissertation where students focus on a topic from the field of Arabic, Islamic Studies, Hebrew (including Jewish Studies) or a cognate Semitic language selected in consultation with the Department must be written under supervision. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Jan 2021
Campus
 
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Madrid , Spain

This course is the result of a process of integration of academic networks that work on European and Mediterranean issues. The aim is to train professionals with a specific vi ... +

This course is the result of a process of integration of academic networks that work on European and Mediterranean issues. The aim is to train professionals with a specific vision, capable of promoting integration between Europe, the South and the Eastern Mediterranean. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
2 semesters
Spanish
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Lund University
Lund , Sweden

The interdisciplinary Master's Programme in Middle Eastern Studies aims to develop deeper knowledge about the Middle East of today. The programme trains students in critical t ... +

The interdisciplinary Master's Programme in Middle Eastern Studies aims to develop deeper knowledge about the Middle East of today. The programme trains students in critical thinking and gives them the ability to apply this to current events and debates in and about the region. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom

The MA Gender and Sexuality with special reference to the Middle East at SOAS is a unique programme, its principal aim being to re-focus issues prioritised in western Gender S ... +

The MA Gender and Sexuality with special reference to the Middle East at SOAS is a unique programme, its principal aim being to re-focus issues prioritised in western Gender Studies and the study of sexuality on the complex specificities of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. The programme offers the specialised study of gender and sexuality in relation to the cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, together with rigorous training in, and questioning of, contemporary gender theory. In terms of gender theory, it offers a solid foundation with sufficient breadth and depth to facilitate a range of specialist pathways. In terms of specialisation, it draws on the expertise of internationally recognised scholars of Asian, African and Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
Campus
 
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. -
MA
Full-time
English
Oct 2020
Campus
 

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