M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies

The interdisciplinary Master of Arts program in Middle Eastern Studies is designed for students who wish to acquire a broad background in Middle Eastern history, cultures and politics. Students in the program may focus their coursework and research in one of the following two areas of concentration:

  1. Politics and international relations of the Middle East
  2. Religion, culture and society in the Middle East

A significant feature of the program is the extensive and diverse range of resources available to graduate students throughout the program. Students have considerable flexibility in designing their programs of study and have access to the resources of the fine arts, music, history, political science, theology and other departments of the University, as well as to the rich intellectual resources of the Boston area.

The program seeks to prepare students for a variety of post-graduate opportunities in academia, government and public service, non-governmental organizations, museums and cultural institutions in the United States and abroad.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the M.A. program, students will:

  • Demonstrate substantial knowledge of their area of focus: politics and foreign policies of the Middle East or religion, culture and society in the Middle East;
  • Conduct scholarly work at the post-graduate level;
  • Demonstrate proficiency at the advanced level in one of the languages spoken in the region, such as Arabic, Farsi, Turkish, or Hebrew;
  • Be strong candidates for admission to doctoral programs in Middle Eastern Studies or for professional jobs that require post-graduate education.

The M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies is designed primarily for full-time students, however, prospective students who wish to pursue the program on a part-time basis are welcome to apply.

Information regarding admission to the program e.g. application deadline, application requirements, etc., may be found on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences admissions page.

For additional information please contact Professor David DiPasquale: