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Master of Arts in North African and Middle Eastern Studies

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Understand New African and Middle Eastern cultures

Gain invaluable skills with a unique emphasis on Northern Africa

The Master of Arts in North African and Middle Eastern Studies (NAMES) offers an intensive study of social sciences and humanities courses focusing on North Africa and the Middle East.

The program takes advantage of the school's faculty expertise in Northern Africa, in particular, while also offering opportunities to attend lectures by regional specialists and conduct fieldwork or archival research.

Gain a wealth of knowledge on this fascinating region

Pursue a successful career or continue further research within your chosen field

Master of Arts in North African and Middle Eastern Studies Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the NAMES program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history and society of the NAME regions;
  • To analyze critically contemporary issues in the region using social science theories and methods;
  • To write critically and analytically on issues in the region;
  • To read critically materials on the region and assess the theoretical orientation of the author (s).
Master of Arts in North African and Middle Eastern Studies Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

All applicants to the NAMES program will be evaluated through AUI's official admissions process. Candidates who are not accepted directly may be invited to an interview, either in person or via Skype.

Selection criteria include:
  • A bachelor's degree with GPA of 3.0 or equivalent;
  • Non-native speakers of English or those who do not have a degree from an English medium university are required to have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (or equivalent) for full-time enrollment in the program. Applicants, which scores between 500 and 549 may enroll in the AUI Language Center on either a full-time or part-time basis. During their English language training, they cannot take any content courses but may take Arabic language courses;
  • While there are no language requirements for entry to or completion of the NAMES program, the ideal applicant will have studied one of the regional languages relevant to their intended research projects (Arabic, Tamazight, French, Spanish, etc.).
Master of Arts in North African and Middle Eastern Studies Degree requirements

Degree Requirements

Students with the appropriate academic background can complete the NAMES degree program in one calendar year. Those who require foundation courses will take longer to complete it.

Master of Arts in North African and Middle Eastern Studies Career opportunities

Career Opportunities

With a Master of Arts in North African and Middle Eastern Studies, you’ll be prepared for an array of exciting career opportunities.

This program is designed to equip students from diverse academic backgrounds with the knowledge they need to develop into specialists in this region's culture, history, economy and politics.

Whether you pursue roles as analysts or advisors on cultural affairs, launch your own consultancy or enroll in international Ph.D. programs, the possibilities are limitless.

Master of Arts in North African and Middle Eastern Studies Catalog

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