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

Censoring ISIS’s online propaganda isn’t working out very well

June 18, 2015

Henry Farrell, professor of political science and international affairs, discusses the censorship of ISIS's online propaganda in The Washington Post's  Monkey Cage blog.

Leading From Everywhere

June 15, 2015

Nathan Brown, professor of political science and international affairs, co-authored a piece on the history of centralized Islamic religious authority on

The Right Way to Bring Peace to the Middle East

June 04, 2015

Nathan Brown, professor of political science and international affairs, argues that the peace process needs to be incremental instead of setting the bar too high in The National Interest.