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Middle Eastern Studies and MPAff

Dual Degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and Public Affairs

In conjunction with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies students may pursue a dual degree program leading to the MPAff and the Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies. The program combines advanced policy studies with interdisciplinary area studies, responding to an increased need in both public and private sectors for policy specialists with a thorough understanding of Middle East politics and cultures.

Program Structure

The dual degree program is structured so that students can earn both master's degrees simultaneously in two and a half academic years. Some students, particularly those who enter the program with a language deficiency, may find it necessary to enroll for an additional semester or summer session in order to complete all the requirements of the program. Degrees are awarded when the required course work in both areas is completed.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours in public affairs and 30 semester hours in Middle Eastern studies, plus a master's professional report and summer internship. Although the program is flexible, students will generally take courses in both public affairs and Middle Eastern studies every semester and take the internship in the summer between the second and third years. The curriculum includes:

Public Affairs 

  • 21 hours of required public affairs core courses
  • 6 hours Policy Research Project
  • 9 hours public affairs electives
  • Summer internship (in or related to the Middle East)

Middle Eastern Studies 

  • 18 hours of courses with Middle Eastern studies content in history, arts/humanities, and social sciences
  • 12 hours Middle Eastern studies electives
  • 3 hours professional report