Middle East Studies M.A. Program

photo: Nathan Brown
Nathan Brown, Institute for Middle East Studies 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.

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March 13, 2017

Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, Anne C. Richard, will deliver the graduation address to Elliott School of International Affairs class of 2017.

Senator Tammy Duckworth (ESIA MA '92)

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Combat veteran, Purple Heart recipient and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) will deliver GW's commencement address before an audience of 25,000 graduates, friends and family members on May 21 on the National Mall. The Elliott School alumna said she looks forward to encouraging graduates to “go out and make a difference in the world.”

Ambassador Laura Holgate

Ambassador Laura Holgate joins the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy as a distinguished Visiting Scholar

February 13, 2017

Amb. Laura Holgate has just returned from her appointment as Ambassador to the UN Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, Austria and will join us at IISTP for the coming year.