Middle Eastern Studies

University of Texas at Austin

24 months
17694 USD/year
17694 USD/year
8928 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Housed in the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Middle Eastern Studies offers language and content courses, and comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs of study.  Housed within the Department are six specialized programs that offer additional degree programs, methods of study, events, and public resources.


Courses and degrees are offered in the following disciplines through both the Center for and Department of Middle Eastern Studies. Before starting the application process, we encourage all applicants to read program website and the Graduate Handbooks in their entirety as well as be familiar Graduate School's Admissions site. Please refer to the FAQ for more commonly asked questions. 

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies offers the Master of Arts with a major in Middle Eastern studies, an interdisciplinary degree with a regional concentration on the Middle East. Many students in this program enter careers in academia, business, communication, government, global policy studies, public affairs, information studies, law, and the military. There is a good deal of flexibility in meeting degree requirements; each student, in consultation with the graduate adviser, designs an individual program within the framework of the requirements described in Degree Requirements. 

The Department of Middle Eastern Studies offers master’s and doctoral degrees in Middle Eastern languages and cultures. Students at the master’s level may concentrate in teaching Arabic as a foreign language (TAFL). At the doctoral level, students select a field of study from among the following: linguistics (theoretical linguistics or language pedagogy), literatures/cultures, Hebrew Bible/ancient Near East, or Islamic studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Modern Monarchy
  • Cultural Defeats
  • Post Colonial Europe

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in Arabic, Partially taught in Hebrew


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An official score for the Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE), unless otherwise specified by the graduate program to which the student is applying. International students whose native language is not English must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Adequate subject preparation for the proposed major. Evidence of adequate preparation varies by program, but examples include letters of reference, auditions, samples of work, and personal statements
  • A grade point average of at least 3.00 in upper-division (junior- and senior-level) coursework and in any graduate work already completed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17694 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8847 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    17694 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8847 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    8928 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4464 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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Updated over a year ago

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Middle Eastern Studies
University of Texas at Austin