M.A. On Campus

Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations

University of Toronto

12 months
27520 CAD/year
6210 CAD/year
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The Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations program at the University of Toronto offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts.


There are two fields:

  • Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Courses are offered and faculty conduct research in the following areas: Egyptology, including archaeology, language, history, and religion; Mesopotamia and the Near East, including archaeology and Assyriology; Syro-Palestinian archaeology; Hebrew and Judaic studies, including Biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew, history, and religion; Aramaic and Syriac studies, including language, history, and religion; Arabic studies; Islamic studies; history of the Islamic world and the modern Middle East; Islamic art; Persian studies; and Turkish studies, including Ottoman language and history.

About this Degree

Depending on the amount of undergraduate preparation, students may enrol in either a two-year MA program or a one-year MA program option. Students can also complete the MA through a coursework option or a thesis option. The Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations MA program at the University of Toronto may be taken on a part-time basis.

Programme Structure

  • Students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs).
  • Students must complete a thesis (1.0 FCE) under the guidance of a supervisor on a topic approved by the supervisor.
  • 2.0 FCEs in coursework.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 35 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits

3.0 (FCEs)


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in a relevant program from a recognized university with an average of at least B+, or equivalent, in the final year.

  • Two letters of reference.

  • Statement of academic intent.

  • Some programs may require appropriate knowledge of a primary source language, or one or more European languages.

  • Students choosing to focus on Islamic Art and Material Culture must have a reading knowledge of French or German at the time of admission.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27520 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 27520 CAD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6210 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6210 CAD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Toronto

1502 - 2563 CAD /month
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