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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).

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.



Graduate Student Employment

Our graduates continue to pursue a wide variety of exciting careers in diplomacy and public service, business, security, conflict resolution, development and public health. For 2016 graduates, the top employers included:

  • BAE Systems
  • Exiger Diligence
  • FTI Consulting
  • Gemini Global LLC
  • McLarty Associates
  • USAID/OFfice of Foreign Disaster Assistance
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Senate

While you study with us and even once you leave, we'll provide you with resources and support to help you get the job you've always wanted post-graduation. From career counseling, workshops, site visits and information sessions, The Graduate Student Career Development Center has a variety of tools and tips to get you to where you want to be.

Contact Info

Elliott School Graduate Admissions
1957 E Street NW, Suite 301
Tel: (202) 994-7050

Middle East Studies Graduate Program:
Maisa Munawara, Middle East Studies Program Assistant
1957 E Street NW, Suite 512
Tel: (202) 994-3476

International Affairs Graduate Program:
Oriana Piña, International Affairs Program Assistant
1957 E Street NW, Suite 502
Tel: (202) 994-7137

I chose the M.A. in MES at the Elliott School for the excellent faculty, small program size, location, resources, and other unique opportunities that come up in DC. The program has also enabled me to learn Arabic, pursue research opportunities with professors, and has provided opportunities for internships in DC.


Middle East Studies, Class of 2018

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