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CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT:
Professor Marion Katz
DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES:
Professor Arang Keshavarzian
Master of Arts Program in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
The Master of Arts degree requires the completion of 32 points of course work, no more than 8 points of which may be transferred from other graduate schools. All students must take Problems and Methods in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, MEIS-GA 1687. Students must also either complete a master’s thesis that meets departmental standards or, with the approval of their adviser, submit two seminar papers, at least one of which contains substantial original research based on primary sources and both of which would, in the judgment of the student’s two master’s thesis/papers readers, have been developed and substantially reworked such that they are roughly equivalent in caliber to work that might reasonably be submitted for publication in a scholarly journal in the student’s field.
Doctor of Philosophy Program in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Students must complete 72 points of graduate course work, including at least three graduate seminars and Problems and Methods in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, MEIS-GA 1687. They must also demonstrate proficiency in one of Arabic, Persian, or Turkish as well as a reading knowledge sufficient for research purposes of at least one European language. A student may be required by his or her dissertation adviser to learn additional languages, in keeping with the student’s specific research needs.
Joint Degree Doctor of Philosophy in History and Middle Eastern Studies
Students primarily interested in the history of the Middle East should seek admission to the joint Ph.D. program in history and Middle Eastern studies, in accordance with the procedures specified by the Departments of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and History.