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University of Washington

Near Eastern Languages and Civilization


Denny Hall 229
Box 353120




United States





Program Information

Degree Offered

M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Near East is a region of critical importance. As its many nations continue to play pivotal roles on the world stage the need for firm knowledge about Near Eastern languages and cultures becomes increasingly clear. These languages and cultures are our specialty. Indeed, in NELC one can find experts in Arabic, Hebrew (ancient and modern), Persian, Turkish, Egyptian (hieroglyphic and Coptic), and the languages of Central Asia. Our courses offer great breadth, in terms of the number of different languages taught, and great depth, in terms of the historical range our courses cover (from ancient to medieval to modern periods). In NELC one also can find topical courses on the prophet Muhammad and early Islam, Sufi literature, biblical texts in translation, and the tales of the 1001 Nights. One can learn about the peoples of the Silk Road, Israeli identities, early Christianity, Turkish poetry, Islamic law, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and much more.

NELC does not have information packets for mailing. Information about the program is available on our website.

If you have any questions about the program, contact the Graduate Program Advisor.


Accredited by the State of WA

Eligibility Requirements:

We are looking for students who demonstrate a passion for and have abilities in the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Near East. We strongly encourage you to have at least two years of at least one Near East language and some training in a recognized research language. A GPA of 3.4 or higher. Native speakers of Near Eastern languages are also encouraged to apply. Your overall application will be considered in the selection process.

International Student Requirements:

If you are an International applicant living outside the U.S., you are strongly encouraged to complete application requirements at least thirty days prior to the January 15th deadline to ensure sufficient time for graduate admission review.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial Aid Offered: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research Universities - Extensive

Institution Sector: Public

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 20,000 and above