Why should I apply for a M.A. in Near Eastern Studies?
The Kevorkian Center M.A. in Near Eastern Studies is a comprehensive area studies degree program designed to introduce students to the breadth of study relating to the Middle East available across NYU’s departments and programs. It is designed in an interdisciplinary manner to accommodate students with varying levels of background in the field and to engage students with a deep curiosity and commitment to scholarly research on any aspect of Middle Eastern culture, politics, and society.
How will this degree help me in my future career?
Specialized knowledge of the Middle East as a region has been an in-demand characteristic in a number of different fields over the last several decades. At the Kevorkian Center, we encourage our students to pursue a wide variety of career paths, and our alumni have gone on to excel in fields as varied as journalism, NGOs, museum studies, higher education, government service, the arts, and more.
Depending on your future career goals, the M.A. will set you up to be more competitive in both the public and private sectors. The M.A. provides you with a broader comprehension of the societies, people, politics, and culture of the region, along with highly developed critical thinking skills that can be applied widely. Employers in an increasingly interconnected world that demand multi-cultural competency tend to find our alumni among the most competitive job applicants.
How much of the program is practice vs theoretical?
We believe that a great student has to obtain both a theoretical and practical knowledge of the region and our program allows for this experience. Our curriculum is set up to blend these forms of knowledge and meet student needs wherever they may be. Additionally, event programming and support made possible by the Kevorkian Center’s Title VI National Resource Center status offers students a unique opportunity to interface with a wide variety of scholars and practitioners in the field and garner a high level of co-curricular support outside of the classroom. For instance, each semester, we create a Practitioner-in-Residence workshop that gives our students a taste of the real world in terms of human rights lawyers that work at an international NGO like Human Rights Watch or artists that have toured the world and broken political, social and cultural boundaries. To read more about our Practitioner-in-Residence program, please check our website here.
Our students can take up to 6 credits of an internship anywhere in the world (virtually or over the summer) or in New York City, which is filled with exciting opportunities. Internships are enthusiastically recommended by our team for our students to get hands on experience in the fields that they want to pursue. This allows them to get practical knowledge and network in the sector of their choice.
What research areas are supported by this program?
Our flexible interdisciplinary program is designed to be molded to the research interests of our students. Students have only 2 mandatory classes (Problems and Methods of Problems and Methods in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, MEIS-GA 1687, and History of the Middle East, 1750-Present, MEIS-GA 1642) and the rest can be from any program, department and school under the NYU umbrella.
Students can apply for Research grants at the Kevorkian Center, GSAS and NYU to conduct research and attend conferences to present invited papers or posters.
Is it possible to combine this degree with other areas of study?
The M.A. program in Near Eastern Studies can be completed with concentrations in Museum Studies, Advanced Language, and International Relations. The Kevorkian Center also offers a joint degree program in Global Journalism with the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. A dual degree program in Library Science with Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library & Information Science is also available.
Learn more about degree concentrations here, the joint degree with Global Journalism here, and the dual degree in Library Sciences here.
What is the difference between the Middle East and Islamic Studies Department and the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Easten Studies
We work very closely with the Middle East and Islamic Studies Department and most of our students are taught by faculty in MEIS. However, MEIS does not have a M.A. program, MEIS has a B.A. and a Ph.D program at GSAS. Our M.A. students take classes with Ph.D students from MEIS and attend classes with MEIS faculty members. The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Easterm Studies has a stand alone M.A. program and is a Title VI National Resource Center, tasked with cultivating and translating the wealth of Middle East Studies resources at NYU to the public through it’s degree offerings and public programming.
In the application, what is the difference between the Language Statement and the FLAS statement?
The Language Statement is intended to showcase your past language experience, so we know where you are coming from and how your language experience has shaped you. The FLAS statement is hoping to understand what your future plans and research needs will be.