Middle Eastern Studies

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Master of Arts degree in Middle Eastern Studies is designed for students who aim to acquire a broad knowledge of the Middle East. 

The program focuses on current methodologies and approaches to the field of Middle Eastern scholarship. Students structure their own course of study in different areas of Middle Eastern Studies such as history, politics, sociology, anthropology and Arabic language and literature. The interdisciplinary nature of the program encourages the students' critical and independent thinking and the undertaking of analytical in-depth research. The program offers a thesis track and a project track and may be completed in two years.

Applicants with backgrounds from most fields of study are eligible to apply for admission into the CAMES MA program, usually provided they have had some exposure to Middle Eastern Studies, as well as some training in the social sciences and/or humanities.​

The Office of Admissions and the Graduate Council​​​ can provide information about the general requirements for applying to graduate programs at AUB.​ ​

​Thesis Track

  • Seven graduate courses plus a nine credit thesis
  • Up to nine credits of Arabic language 

​​Project Track 

  • Nine graduate courses plus a three credit project
  • Up to twelve credits of Arabic language​

​​​Required Courses

  • ​MEST 300 Making of the Modern Middle East
  • MEST 301 Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies
  • Two Arabic language courses
  • Graduate courses at CAMES or other departments with a Middle Eastern Studies focus
  • For more information about courses, check the graduate catalogue, see this list of course topics, or contact CAMES


Tuition fees for graduate students are listed on the Office of the Comptroller​ website. Students applying from the USA may contact AUB's Office of Financial Aid for information about student loans.

​​Email CAMES​ if you would like to contact current or former CAMES students!