The Master of Arts in Arab Studies program (MAAS) was established in 1978 to rigorously train researchers, practitioners and activists about the language, history, culture, politics and economics of the contemporary Arab world. Students design a program of study that prepares them for a wide variety of careers, including those in government, development, business and finance, teaching, higher education, human rights, journalism, public relations and cultural affairs.
The program’s demanding Arabic language requirement is a distinctive feature regularly cited by students and alumni alike as a major draw and strength.
An attractive feature of the MAAS program is the option for students to enroll concurrently in graduate certificate programs in International Business Diplomacy or Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. These certificates allow students additional concentrated instruction while they gain regional expertise.
MAAS students may also choose to pursue dual degrees along with Ph.D. programs in the Departments of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Government and History, or the J.D. program at the Georgetown Law Center. In addition, the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and Georgetown's McDonough School of Business provide a range of specialized coursework and practical experience in which MAAS students regularly participate.