Graduate Programs Brochure

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If you are looking for a vibrant academic community — one with a global perspective and a commitment to the public good — then look no further than Washington, DC, and GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Middle East Studies M.A. Program

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Marc Lynch, Middle East Studies Program Director

There are few issues in international affairs that do not involve the Middle East. We aim to train our students to develop a solid understanding of the region — its history, cultures, conflicts, and contributions — drawing on the breadth and depth of GW's faculty expertise on the region.

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 oral and reading proficiency in a language of the Middle East region.

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.

In the News

Four questions – and answers – about U.S. support of peacekeeping in Africa

May 15, 2015

Paul Williams discusses a new report that analyzes how the U.S. is supporting peace operations on the continent.

photo: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

The real vs. the surreal options on Iran

April 27, 2015

In "The Monkey Cage" on, Elliott School Dean Michael E. Brown and Chantal de Jonge Oudraat discuss reality versus surreality on Iran.

Kobani, Turkey's Kurds, and the 2015 Turkish Parliamentary Elections

March 12, 2015

Esra Sardag, first year M.A. student, wrote an article about the challenges facing Kurdish political voices in Turkey for the Center for American Progress.