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Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies

The School of Information and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in the College of Liberal Arts offer a dual degree program leading to a Master of Science (MS) in Information Studies and Master of Arts (MA) in Middle Eastern Studies.  Students may earn the two degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years rather than four if doing the degrees separately. The program trains professionals who combine expertise in three important knowledge domains:  library and information work, the cultures and societies of the Middle East, and North African and Middle Eastern languages.

Some students, particularly those who enter the program with a language deficiency, may find it necessary to enroll for an additional semester or summer session in order to complete all requirements of the program.


Prospective dual degree students must apply separately to each program and fulfill the distinct application requirements and deadlines of each. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the appropriate materials are sent to the respective academic units. An applicant must be accepted in each individual program in order to be considered for admission to the dual program.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a combined minimum of 60 semester hours in the two programs: 30 hours in information studies and 30 in Middle Eastern Studies, completing all required courses and exit requirements for both degrees.

The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously, so students who do not complete both degrees must reapply and be readmitted to one or the other of the degree programs to earn either degree.