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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Nathan Brown, 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

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Why Saudi Arabia escalated the Middle East’s sectarian conflict

January 04, 2016

Marc Lynch analyzes the current crisis in the Middle East after the Saudi execution of a prominent Shiite cleric and the subsequent torching of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran.


Capture of key complex at Ramadi could mark a strategic victory over Islamic State, but will it hold?

December 28, 2015

Stephen Biddle commented on a strategic victory for the Iraqi military and coalition forces who reclaimed the city of Ramadi from the Islamic State in the Los Angeles Times.

Putin: Russia could use nukes against ISIS

December 10, 2015

Edward "Skip" Gnehm provides analysis of Russian President Vladimir Putin's threat of nuclear force against ISIS on the FOX News program "Shephard Smith Reporting."