Graduate Program

The Master of Arts in Middle East Studies program combines a rigorous academic foundation in the study of the Middle East with a strong professional orientation. Bridging the theory and practice of international affairs, the program will prepare students for careers in government, the private sector, and international and nongovernmental organizations.


The curriculum includes a range of courses covering the history, politics, economics, international relations and cultures of the societies and nations of the Middle East. In consultation with the program director, each student will develop a program of study that combines a broad overview of the region through a set of core courses, along with a more specialized field based on the student's specific academic and career interests. In addition, completion of the M.A. in Middle East Studies requires demonstrated advanced oral and reading proficiency in a language of the Middle East region (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish).

Curriculum details
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The Elliott School also offers graduate students who are enrolled in the Master of Arts in International Affairs program a concentration option in the Middle East region.

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Contact Information

Graduate Admissions:
Elliott School Graduate Admissions
Tel: 202-994-7050
Email: esiagrad@gwu.edu

M.A. in Middle East Studies program:
Tyler Overfelt, Middle East Studies Program Assistant
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 512
Tel: 202-994-3473
E-mail: mesp@gwu.edu

M.A. in International Affairs program:
Oriana Piña, International Affairs Program Assistant
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 502
Tel: 202-994-7137
E-mail: maia@gwu.edu

Student News

Cooperation in Syria

MES MA student Thomas Buonomo published an op-ed in The Hill on the need for Iran and the US to cooperate to resolve the region's most pressing issues, notably the crisis in Syria and the ever-worsening conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

UAE Foreign Policy in Iraq & Syria

Middle East Studies M.A. student Alissa Fromkin writes that UAE foreign policy in Iraq and Syria is largely calculated as a part of the larger Emirati campaign against Islamism in the third part of a five-part series on the UAE's foreign policy published in in the Elliott School's International Affairs Review.

The UAE Military Against Islamism

Middle East Studies M.A. student Alissa Fromkin argues that the UAE’s emphasis on human capital and citizen participation has proven crucial to successful military reform as the country tackles the threat posed by Islamist groups in the second part of a five-part series on the UAE's foreign policy published in in the Elliott School's International Affairs Review.

How the UAE is Fighting Islamist Ideology

Middle East Studies M.A. student Alissa Fromkin states that Sheikh Khalifa has blended domestic and foreign policies to mitigate the threat of militant Islamic ideologies in the first part of a five-part series on the UAE's foreign policy published in in the Elliott School's International Affairs Review.

Gulf states pursue unique approaches to falling oil prices

GW Ph.D. student Scott Weiner published an article on variation in Gulf responses to oil price decline in The Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog.