MA in Middle Eastern Studies
Our two-year international MA program takes an innovative approach to studying the Middle East and provides unique opportunities to students who want to pursue a career working in or with the region. For information on how to apply here.
The application round for International, EU and Swedish students generally opens in October.
Semester One: Core Courses
The first semester builds a conceptual foundation for researching the Middle East through courses on relevant theory, methods and historical perspectives. We offer courses in Discourses and Debates on the Middle East; Middle Eastern Theories and The Formation of Middle Eastern Modernities.
Students will enroll in language courses in addition to their MA program course work. Language courses are highly recommended but the course credits do not contribute towards the completion of the MA. Language training is offered in Arabic, Farsi and Turkish.
Semester Two: Elective Profile Courses
Students during the second semester will take three elective courses and one required methods course to begin focusing their studies. The elective courses will focus on the research conducted at the Center of Middle Eastern Studies `The Middle East in the Contemporary World´ (MECW). The main research domains are:
A) Democratization and Social Development in the Middle East
B) Environment and sustainable Development in the Middle East
C) Middle East Migrations: diasporas and Minorities in Globalized Societies
D) Religion, Processes of Interpretation and Identity formation in the Middle East
This semester an advisor will be appointed to help build a ‘thesis research project plan’ for the student’s summer and third semester.
Semester Three: Study Abroad or Internship
The third semester is devoted to research and internships. Students will work with their advisers to develop the following independent courses:
- Field Course: To be completed through a CMES certified internship or adviser approved research project relating to the students thesis.
- Theory Course: A reading course designed by the student’s adviser to allow the student to begin focusing their theoretical approach for their thesis.
- Country Focus Course: A reading course designed by the student’s adviser that allows the student to have a comprehensive foundation in what has been written about their country/region of focus.
The center has agreements with universities in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Istanbul, Jerusalem and Tehran in addition to numerous agreements with organizations and institutions across the region. Students are not required to travel to the Middle East as there are study and internship opportunities internationally as well.
Semester Four: Thesis and Seminars
Students will work to complete their thesis under the guidance of their advisor in addition to continuing language studies and frequent advanced seminars.
Upon completion of the program, a degree of Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies (with several disciplinary majors possible), in compliance with the National Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 2006:1053), will be awarded.