The Master of Arts in Arab Studies program is a demanding, full-time curriculum comprised of 36 credit hours (12 three-credit courses), not including acquisition-level Arabic classes. The program is designed for full time students to complete the degree in two years, but depending on the student’s level of proficiency, it is possible to complete the program in a shorter or longer period of time.

Upon entry, students must choose to concentrate in one of five significant areas: culture and society, development, history, politics or women and gender. Students have considerable flexibility in designing their program in order to meet their academic and professional goals and interests. Although the program structure is very flexible, there are some basic guidelines:

  1. Completion of four core courses (12 credits):
    ARST 500 – 20th c. Middle East History
    ARST 501- Introduction to the Study of the Arab World
    Two core courses for declared concentration (see concentrations)
  2. Completion of eight electives (24 credits):
    At least four electives should be offered through CCAS, Department of History, or Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies. A maximum of four electives may be taken from other departments at Georgetown,
  3. Passage of MAAS oral and written Modern Standard Arabic proficiency exam
    Student must complete this requirement by the end of the program.
  4. Oral comprehensive exam OR thesis
    • Oral comprehensive exam: The oral exam is designed to provide a cross-disciplinary conclusion to the student’s course work and total educational experience in the program. The exam is administered by a panel of three faculty members who have taught the student, two of whom will be in the student’s concentration area. The exam takes place after the student has completed his/her coursework.
    • Thesis option: Students have the option of writing and defending a thesis in their final semester in lieu of the oral exam. Thesis students must take a methods course and enroll in the three-credit MAAS Thesis Colloquium, both of which count as elective courses.

For additional information about program requirements, please consult the MAAS Student Handbook.