• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The Master of Arts in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at University of Haifa provides instruction, training, and first-hand acquaintance with Middle Eastern affairs and offers academic instruction and mentoring, professional training and opportunities for close cultural encounters in the rich and dynamic setting of Haifa.


This Master of Arts in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at University of Haifa is a unique program with a mixed curriculum of academic instruction and hands-on experience in matters pertaining to the cultural, religious, and political aspects of the past and the contemporary issues affecting the region.

The staff of the program is composed of Israeli experts on the Middle East, and involves academic field trips throughout the program.At each site, students will receive a guided tour, a lecture from the local leadership, and conduct discussions with local community members. Through these encounters, students will learn about the history, present concerns, and visions of local communities. The program provides hands-on access to what it means to be living in the Middle East.

Courses bring insights into a range of fields and disciplines, such as sociology, economics, culture, religion and history, as well as politics equip students and future Middle East scholars with the tools necessary to better analyze and understand events in the modern Middle East.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be awarded an MA in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Political Islam
  • Palestinian Citizens in Israel: Processes of Change 1948-2017
  • Current Affairs Seminar
  • Field Trip Seminars: religious diversity and encounters across Israel
  • Educating the Middle East in the Age of Empire 1811-1956
  • Muslims, Jews, and Christian in the Classical Islamic Period
  • Politics, Culture and Society in the Middle East
  • Historiography and Research Methods

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

GPA: 80%, 3.0

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies
  • 2 Recommendation Letters
  • Personal Statement (up to 1,500 words)
  • Additional documents may be required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9996 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Haifa

  • 2696 - 4350 ILS/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Some of the MA programs have a limited number of scholarships available for students based on financial need. Students who are in financial need are encouraged to submit an application. 

In addition to the University of Haifa need-based scholarship you can also submit applications to all other scholarship opportunities for which you are eligible (MASA, local Jewish Federation, etc.). 

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