Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 30 hours graduate level course work, distributed over three to five fields (maximum 15 hours in one field) such as: anthropology, history, history of art, languages and literatures, political science, religion and civilization, and sociology.
  • Two terms of Middle Eastern history, equivalent to History 442 and History 443.  One or both terms of this requirement may be waived by the Center’s graduate advisor if comparable courses were taken at the undergraduate level. If the courses are waived, students must choose alternate approved history courses.
  • MENAS 493 (Comparative Perspectives of the Middle East and North Africa) 
  • MENA 695 (Study of the Middle East)
  • A minimum 3rd year level of a modern language of the region through either course work or demonstrated competence. No graduate credit is given for language courses below the 400 level and thus will not count toward the 30 required hours.
  • A research essay (thesis) equivalent to a substantial term paper, submitted for approval by two faculty members, OR, with the Center director's approval, a non-essay option of 36 hours of graduate level courses.

Students must also fulfill the graduate school's residence, grade and time requirements as stated in the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies Policies and Procedures.