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Comparative and Middle East Politics and Society, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #91 (WUR) Tübingen, Germany
The M.A. in Comparative and Middle East Politics and Society (CMEPS) is a two-year joint master’s program offered by the University of Tübingen and the American University in Cairo (AUC).

Overview

The M.A. in Comparative and Middle East Politics and Society (CMEPS) at the University of Tübingen provides in-depth knowledge of the political and societal developments in the Middle East as well as analytical tools for understanding this region’s complex dynamics and challenges.

The focal point of the degree program is the relationship between societies and states in the MENA region, as well as the dynamics of social and political transformation. The key topics are Comparative Politics of the Middle East, development politics and international cooperation, and issues of regime change and democratization. 

Students can also choose from a range of elective modules, concentrating, for example, on International Political Economy, Peace and Conflict Resolution, or on issues in the culture and civil societies of the Middle East. Depending on their first degree, students of the CMEPS program will also take courses in either Political Science methods or basic Arabic during their first year.

 Irrespective of their first degree, by the end of their studies CMEPS students will have a unique profile which combines an advanced knowledge of Comparative Politics with a strong specialization in the politics, society, cultures, and language of the Arab Middle East. 

To promote the link between theory and practice, study trips to international organizations and development agencies as well as to important political and cultural institutions of the respective host country are included in the program.

Professional fields

CMEPS graduates will have excellent job opportunities for academic and non-academic careers in either country. They will be qualified to work at leading universities or in governmental or private research institutions. The focus on Middle East politics and societal issues provides an excellent foundation for a career in German and international institutions concerned with development cooperation or diplomacy, NGOs, Political Foundations and Think Tanks.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Middle East Politics and Societies
  • Regime Change and Democratization
  • Comparative Politics of the Middle East
  • Development of Politics and International Cooperation
  • Authoritarianism, Revolution & State Fragility
  • International Relations & Regional Order of the MENA
  • Contemporary Issues in Political Islam
  • International Political Economy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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General Requirements

You are eligible for studying in the CMEPS program if you:

  • hold a B.A. degree or equivalent– in Political Science or a related social science, or– in Middle East Studies, Islamic Studies, or a related discipline (only at the University of Tübingen)
  • provide evidence of your proficiency in English, e.g. through TOEFL (scores: at least 90), IELTS (at least 6.5 with a minimum of 7 in the writing section)

At the University of Tübingen, applicants’ bachelor’s grade needs to be 2.5 or better (on the German grading scale).At AUC a GPA of at least 3.2 is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Tübingen

  • 630 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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