Master's Studies

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:

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 course to begin focusing their studies. Students who are on the PhD track may have to take additional theoretical courses in other university departments to ensure they have the necessary qualifications to submit a PhD application within their discipline. Lastly, an advisor will be selected to help build a ‘thesis research project plan’ for the student’s summer and third semester:

  • Methodology II (Compulsory):
  • Women & Social Change in the Middle East:          
  • Social Movements, Protest & the Public Sphere in the Middle East:
  • Environment & Sustainable Development in the ME:
  • Politics & International Relations in the Middle East:
  • Islam: Religion, Culture & Politics in the Middle East:                 
  • Middle Eastern Migration, Mobility and Multiculturalism:

Semester Three: Study Abroad or Internship

The third semester is devoted to language training, 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.