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PhD Middle Eastern and North African Studies

While most of the courses in the Middle Eastern and North African Studies at University of Arizona will be MENAS courses, a student may, in consultation with his/her advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies, apply an appropriate number of courses from other departments, such as Anthropology, History, and Linguistics, to the major track.

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Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: August
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

Students who have completed graduate coursework in a field other than Middle Eastern Studies may be able to transfer some units towards MENAS Ph.D. requirements, depending on their applicability as determined by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee. Once advised to do so by this committee, such students should submit a request to the Graduate College (in consultation with the Graduate Advisor) prior to the end of their first year of study.

The Middle Eastern and North African Studies at University of Arizona invites highly qualified BA students to apply directly to the Ph.D. program. Applicants accepted into the Ph.D. program without an MA will be awarded an MA in MENAS after successfully completing the MENAS MA requirements, which are included in their course of doctoral study. These requirements comprise 33 units of graduate MENAS coursework.

Department

The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies is a multi-disciplinary unit focusing on the region extending from Morocco to Afghanistan which includes the Arab world, Iran, Israel and Turkey, providing a full range of language courses in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Hebrew (through Judaic Studies) and undergraduate and graduate studies in culture, history, religion, politics and conflict.

Concentrations at the doctoral level are available in the fields of:

  • Critical Studies in Modern Middle Eastern Culture and Society
  • Islamic Studies
  • Linguistics of Middle Eastern Languages
  • Middle Eastern Literatures (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish)

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