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40 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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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 2022
31 May 2022
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
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
 

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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
English
01 Sep 2022
01 May 2022
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. -
MA
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. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
01 Sep 2022
01 Aug 2022
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
01 Sep 2022
01 Mar 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. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
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 2022
15 Feb 2022
Campus
 
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. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
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
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
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 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 2022
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

The MA Middle Eastern Studies provides exceptional opportunities for studying this diverse and fascinating area at the postgraduate level through a variety of disciplinary app ... +

The MA Middle Eastern Studies provides exceptional opportunities for studying this diverse and fascinating area at the postgraduate level through a variety of disciplinary approaches. The main emphasis of the programme is on the modern period through the modules in history, geography, politics, economics and anthropology. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
26 Sep 2022
30 Jun 2022
Campus