Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, M.A. | The Ohio State University | Columbus, United States
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Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

12 months
43226 USD/year
38693 USD/year
12092 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Near Eastern Languages and Cultures program from The Ohio State University offers study in some of the world’s richest languages, literatures and cultural traditions, including Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish, as well as a number of ancient Near Eastern languages, among them Aramaic, Biblical Hebrew and Ugaritic.


The curriculum is rigorous but flexible, preparing students for professional employment in business, education or government, or for the pursuit of doctoral work involving NELC languages in the study of the dynamically changing societies of the Near East.

Students may specialize in one NELC language or in two coherently combined NELC languages, in consultation with the faculty advisor.

Make Discoveries Bridging Fields

The Near Eastern Languages and Cultures program from The Ohio State University is distinguished among its peers by its versatile, genuinely interdisciplinary curriculum and the breadth of its language offerings.

Our MA and PhD program curricula are designed to foster innovative projects in the study of the Near East that arise when materials from different established specialties are put together in productive ways. New avenues of research are discovered through training in more than one area or set of methods that may not have been brought together before. This prepares students to answer questions in Near Eastern studies that fall between traditionally configured sub-fields.

Our students are not restricted to one area or track. This is by design. Here you will benefit from the combinatory possibilities made available by the shared expertise of our fourteen professors in widely-ranging fields. Together our research materials range from ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform inscriptions to modern Near Eastern novels, our geographic range runs from the Maghrib to Central Asia and India, and our methods in themselves represent a history of modern scholarship in the humanities and beyond, from philology, historical linguistics and manuscript studies to folklore, critical theory, and anthropology.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Elementary Modern Standard Arabic
  • Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic 
  • Colloquial Arabic
  • Contemporary Arab Cultures: Arts, Mass Media, Society
  • Classical and Medieval Arabic Literature in Translation
  • Arabic Philosophy
  • Advanced Arabic Grammar 
  • Arabic Qur'an
  • Translation: Theory and Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential) from an accredited college or university, earned by the expected date of entry into your graduate program.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the last degree earned.
  • Prerequisite training that will enable you to pursue your program. Evidence usually comes in the form of transcripts or other credentials documenting that you have completed prerequisite academic work. 
  • Standardized test score (GRE or GMAT) if the score is required by your program. Scores must be sent electronically from the testing agency; faxed or emailed scores are not considered. Note: Scores are valid for five years after your test date.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    43226 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 43226 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    38693 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 38693 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12092 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12092 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Columbus

940 - 1520 USD /month
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