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Master’s Program

Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies

Program Highlights

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Obtain a broad knowledge of the Middle East through intensive language study and maximum interdisciplinary flexibility.

This two-year program is specifically designed for students who wish to obtain a broad knowledge of the Middle East through intensive language study and maximum interdisciplinary flexibility. It allows you to complete two years of intensive study in Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, or Turkish language or literature as well as languages of the ancient Near East including Egyptology, Assyriology, and Comparative Semitics. Students are able to choose from two tracks focused on Modern or Ancient languages.

The MA program's Modern track supports language study with top faculty in Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian and Turkic languages. The MA program also features an Ancient track in which students may explore the ancient world by focusing a majority of their coursework in Egyptology, Archaeology, Cuneiform Studies, or Semitic Linguistics. MA students work with faculty within the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, who also teach a diverse array of courses within the Anthropology, Classics, and History departments.

With extensive financial aid offerings—over 90% of second-year students receive full-tuition scholarship awards—the Master’s program in Middle Eastern Studies offers affordability in addition to rigor.

Designed For

Designed for students who wish to use their knowledge of the Middle East in careers other than university teaching and research. The program is also suitable for students considering an academic career who do not have the appropriate academic background for direct entrance into a doctoral program.

Offered by the University of Chicago’s (opens in new tab) Center for Middle Eastern Studies, (opens in new tab) Division of the Humanities and (opens in new tab) Division of the Social Sciences.

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At a Glance

Enrollment
Full-time
Duration
2 years Full-time
Format
In-person
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