Graduate Program


Degree Program Requirements
Joint Degree, Advanced Certificate, Regional Concentration Programs
Funding Opportunities
How To Apply
Application Deadlines
Program Specific Application Requirements
Graduate FAQ



The Master's in European and Mediterranean Studies is a highly individualized interdisciplinary program in the social sciences and humanities. Masters students choose one of three tracks for specialization: European Culture and Society; European Politics and Policy; or Mediterranean Studies. The flexible degree requirements allows students to tailor their studies according to their interests across a range of disciplines, including history; political science; cultural studies; anthropology; art history; French, Italian, German, Irish, the Mediterranean, and other area studies. In addition to CEMS' courses, students are encouraged to take courses at other departments and area studies programs.  


This master's program is designed to prepare students for professions requiring an advanced understanding of Europe and the Mediterranean region. Through developing country and regional expertise and honing skills in advanced research and analysis--together with opportunities to complete professional internships for course credit—graduates of CEMS are prepared to advance careers in public service/government, nonprofit organizations, cultural institutions, international and regional organizations, international business and law, media, and education. The program also provides a strong platform for pursuing doctoral studies.


The program has a history of students pursuing internships and, upon graduation, gaining employment with policy institutes, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. State Department, EU-institutions, and other public or private organizations and companies. Please view this page to see a list of organizations where M.A. program graduates have been employed in recent years. 


"The mobility afforded to me by the MA program within the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies allowed me to gain invaluable professional contacts in addition to a rich, challenging, interdisciplinary academic experience. With the support of the Center, I was able to juggle full-time coursework, internship experiences with Human Rights Watch and the Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs, in addition to employment alongside the Center’s dedicated and experienced staff. I always felt as though the Center was exceptionally helpful in attaining these internships and understanding the need for a prudent professional-academic balance.” —Stephen Whittaker, M.A. CEMS '14


Degree Program Requirements

Follow this link for information on course credit and other requirements to fulfill the Master's in European and Mediterranean Studies. Information on the requirements for the joint Master's in Journalism & European and Mediterranean Studies can be found here


Joint Degree, Advanced Certificate, and Regional Concentration Programs

CEMS offers a growing number of joint graduate, advanced certificate, and regional concentration programs. Current programs include an M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies and Journalism with NYU's renowned Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute; Advanced Certificate in Museum Studies; an M.A in International Relations with Concentration in European and Mediterranean Studies.


Funding opportunities

CEMS offers generous tuition scholarships, as well as summer research/internship fellowships, travel grants for research or to attend conferences, and opportunities for graduate student employment. A suggested list of external funding opportunities can be viewed here.



To apply for the Master's in European and Mediterranean Studies program or joint degree programs, visit the Graduate School of Arts and Science's Application Resource Center (ARC) for general “how to” information about the application process, and for access to the online application. Applications are accepted for fall only for all programs. All applicants must use the online application.


Application Deadlines

Applications to M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies (non-joint degree):

  • February 1: Initial deadline for admissions; priority deadline for financial aid consideration
  • May 1: Final deadline for admissions and financial aid consideration (pending availability)

Applications to joint European and Mediterranean Studies/Journalism:

  • December 18: Recommended date
  • January 4: Final deadline date


Program Specific Application Requirements for European and Mediterranean Studies

For further details, please refer to the GSAS application instructions page for European and Mediterranean Studies.

  • Standardized tests: GRE general test is NOT required -- yes, that is correct. GRE IS NO LONGER REQUIRED for the MA in European and Mediterranean Studies.  TOEFL is required of all applicants who are not native English speakers
  • 3 letters of recommendation, preferably from your professors or academic advisors
  • Statement of Academic Purpose: one statement is required. Please refer to the GSAS application instructions page for a description of each program's required Statement of Academic Purpose. Joint applicants do NOT need to write two separate statements of academic purpose.
  • Writing Sample for M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies (non-joint degree): A writing sample is required. It is preferred that it concerns Europe and the Mediterranean. It should demonstrate analytical skills and not exceed 10 double-spaced pages. Submissions may include an original work for the application, or a course assignment, conference paper, excerpt from a thesis or academic work, or a published article
  • Writing Samples for joint M.A. European and Mediterranean Studies/Journalism: The joint program application requires a minimum of two and no more than three writing samples.  These samples should be indicative of the applicant's best overall work and need not have been published. They should include at least one academic paper or senior thesis that demonstrates the student's critical thinking ability and another that showcases the student's writing ability.