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For students contemplating careers in government, business, or journalism, where a Ph.D. is not a requirement, the Program in Near Eastern Studies offers a two-year degree curriculum leading to the M.A. as a final degree. This special program is governed by an Interdepartmental Committee, and enables a limited number of students to take a multidisciplinary course of study under the guidance of the director of the program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Near Eastern studies.
Students take appropriate language training and course work emphasizing the history, culture, politics, economy, and social structures of the Near East, which for purposes of this program is defined to include the entire Arab world, as well as Iran, Israel, and Turkey.
Students take four courses, including language courses, in each of the first three semesters of enrollment, and one course in the fourth semester, when they also write the M.A. thesis. The curriculum is adjustable to the individual needs of students who are considering careers in diplomacy, business, the media, or international public and private agencies related to the Near East.
Candidates for the M.A. in Near Eastern Studies will present a thesis by May 1 of the second year on a subject agreed upon with the student’s adviser. The thesis must be approved by the adviser and a second reader selected by the Program Director.
Comprehensive Oral Examination
After submitting the thesis, students are required to complete an oral examination.
- Application Fee: $90
- Statement of Academic Purpose
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Recommendation Letters
- Fall Semester Grades
- Prerequisite Tests
- English Language Tests
- GRE : General test
- Sample of written work. Applicants must complete the NES fact sheet in the application.
- External Funding
- Veteran's Benefits
- Travel Grants
- Education Loans and Work Study
- Assistance Programs