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Admissions and Aid

The Master’s Program in Middle Eastern Studies encourages applicants nationwide and from other    countries who have developed an interest in the academic study of this critically important region. Our objective is to develop students’ understanding of the region, creative potential, and commitment, so that they can contribute to relevant professions and help foster a better understanding of the Middle East in wider communities.

How to Apply

Application Deadline

  • November 1 for Spring Term admissions
  • April 15 for Fall Term admissions
  • June 1 for Fall Term final admissions

Application Requirements

Candidates complete The Graduate Center’s Application for Admission and provide appropriate supplemental materials including transcripts and letters of recommendation. 

Application Materials

Applicants should have a bachelor‘s degree from an accredited college or university or their equivalents in the US or abroad. Prior study of the Middle East and/or proficiency in a Middle Eastern language is advantageous but is NOT a requirement for admission into the Program.

The MAMES Application requires the following documents:

  • A transcript of all college and, if applicable, graduate work
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Results of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Required from international students who are non-native English speakers)
  • A writing sample (5-10 pages of a research or analytical paper; the sample may be sent electronically to the Office of Admissions:
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test is optional

The MAMES Admissions Committee will review application materials that are complete and uploaded on the website of the Office of Admissions before the deadline, with a view to making a judgment as quickly as possible.

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Fellowships and Financial Aid

While The Graduate Center does not currently offer full-tuition scholarships or additional stipends for living expenses, there are funding opportunities available to master’s students that can help cover the cost of attendance, including scholarships, federal and private loans, and federal work-study.

Learn more about financial aid for master’s students »

All incoming students are automatically considered for one Dean’s Merit Scholarship. This covers the costs of tuition for four semesters. In addition, small grants are available to cover additional costs such as language courses, research expenses, participation in conferences, funded by Graduate Center Excellency Fees.