The George Washington University

Elliott School of International Affairs

Middle East Studies


Phillips Hall, Room 107, 801 22nd Street, N.W.

Funger Hall, Suite 301


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Middle East Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

International attention remains riveted on the Middle East as familiar issues related to conflict, oil, and social change unfold against the region’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. The Master of Arts in Middle East Studies (MES) combines a rigorous academic foundation in the study of the Middle East with a strong professional orientation. 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, students develop a program of study that combines a broad overview of the region through a set of core courses with a more specialized field based on the student’s specific academic and career interests. In addition, completion of the MES program requires demonstrated oral and reading proficiency in a language of the Middle East region.


Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting agency On the approved list of the American Association of University Women The Elliott School of International Affairs is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL score no lower than 100; IELTS no lower than 7.0 with no individual ban score below 6.0

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 40

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1,515 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans and alternative loans to graduate students seeking to finance their graduate educations.

Locale: Large City

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