Middle East Studies (M.A.)
The Middle East Studies graduate program offers courses in Arabic language and literature, anthropology, economics, gender and women’s studies, history, law, political science and sociology with the purpose of introducing students to a variety of methodologies for studying the Middle East. The graduate program focuses on the period from the 18th century onwards and addresses issues of religion, ecology, history, economy, society, polity, gender, and culture. Given the geographical location of Cairo, the program as a whole concentrates on the Arab region.
Who is it for?
The program is intended for students who wish to pursue a variety of careers such as academia, diplomacy, another government service, work with NGOs, development, business, finance, journalism, public relations and cultural affairs.
Advantages of studying at the department of Middle East Studies
- Unique opportunity to study the Middle East through an array of historical, sociological, political and economic frameworks.
- The location in the center of the Middle East offers a rich intellectual and cultural landscape of scholars, artists and activists from the Middle East and beyond.
- Our location in Cairo, one of the richest historical and contemporary centers in the Middle East and only a short flight away from its capital cities, allows us to bridge the gap between the lecture hall and the social world.
- The centers provide students with academic credentials and firsthand knowledge to pursue careers in academia, diplomacy and the nonprofit sector, as well as business, finance, public relations, journalism and cultural affairs.
The Master of Arts degree in Middle East studies consists of courses in Arabic language and literature, anthropology, economics, history, political science, sociology, and Arabic language.
Courses are offered in both the Fall and Spring semester. Students have to be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours to be considered full time.
What will you learn
You will gain the comprehensive understanding of the peoples, societies, and economies of the region. The program introduces you to a variety of methodologies for studying the Middle East. The interdisciplinary nature of the Area Studies program provides you with exposure to a variety of curricula
Deadlines for application
Students are normally admitted to the MA degree program in the fall only.
- Application with fellowship: February 1
- Application without fellowship: April 1
- Summer semester: May 1
For Application Process
To inquire about tuition and get application for admission and the required supporting documents, you need to contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at AUC.
For detailed information on admission to the University, please visit graduate admissions website where you can also download the application pack.
For Detailed Curriculum
For full details of the program requirements, refer to the AUC catalog.
About the School
The American University in Cairo (AUC) is a premier English-language institution of higher learning. The university is committed to teaching and research of the highest caliber.