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Program/Degree
Middle Eastern and North African Studies (PHD)  
Program Description

General Requirements for all Ph.D. Tracks

Credit and Transfer Units

A minimum of 54 units of coursework are required for the Ph.D.: 45 units in the major track and 9 units in the minor.  While most of the courses in the major track will be MENAS courses, a student may, in consultation with his/her advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies, apply an appropriate number of courses from other departments, such as Anthropology, History, and Linguistics, to the major track.

 In addition, a minimum of 18 units of dissertation credits are required and no more than 9 units of dissertation credit may be taken in any given semester.  Dissertation units are not included in the 54 units of required graduate course work.

Graduate coursework in Middle Eastern Studies earned at the University of Arizona as part of an MA, and up to 12 units earned in Non-Degree status, may be applied to the Ph.D. coursework requirement.  Students who have completed graduate coursework in Middle Eastern Studies at another institution may petition to transfer up to 30 units towards the Ph.D. requirements by submitting a request to the Graduate College (in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies) prior to the end of their first year of study.

Students who have completed graduate coursework in a field other than Middle Eastern Studies may be able to transfer some units towards MENAS Ph.D. requirements, depending on their applicability as determined by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.  Once advised to do so by this committee, such students should submit a request to the Graduate College (in consultation with the Graduate Advisor) prior to the end of their first year of study.

The University of Arizona’s MENAS graduate program invites highly qualified BA students to apply directly to the Ph.D. program.  Applicants accepted into the Ph.D. program without an MA will be awarded an MA in MENAS after successfully completing the MENAS MA requirements, which are included in their course of doctoral study.  These requirements comprise 33 units of graduate MENAS coursework.

Concentrations

Concentrations at the doctoral level are available in the fields of:

For more information about the Middle Eastern Studies program at The University of Arizona, please contact us by e-mail: sbs-menas@email.arizona.edu

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies -

The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies is a multi-disciplinary unit focusing on the region extending from Morocco to Afghanistan which includes the Arab world, Iran, Israel and Turkey, providing a full range of language courses in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Hebrew (through Judaic Studies) and undergraduate and graduate studies in culture, history, religion, politics and conflict.

MENAS offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Master of Arts (MA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Near Eastern Studies, with courses in Anthropology, Art and Architecture, Geography, History, Linguistics, Islamic Studies, Literary Studies, Mass Culture and Media Studies, Minority Studies, and Political Science.

MENAS offers, in conjunction with other departments, a Dual MA in MENAS and Journalism, a Dual MA in MENAS and Library Science, a Dual MA-MPA in MENAS and Public Policy, and a Dual PhD in MENAS and Anthropology. Minor Programs in MENAS are offered for PhD students in other departments

 
College
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Mariam Bushara Hawatmeh
520-626-8731
Graduate Program Coordinator
Mariam Bushara Hawatmeh
520-626-8731
Director of Graduate Studies
Yaseen A Noorani
520-626-9696
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Cindy T Nguyen
520-621-0119
 
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

School Requirements

NOTE: Graduate applications can now be done entirely online

All documents, including the following may be uploaded:

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • 3 Letters of recommendation from academic references preferable. Note: recommenders will be required to upload their letters through the graduate college website. Instructions on how this works are provided within the online application process- we do not have a recommendation form.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Writing Sample (term paper, chapter of thesis, etc.)

MINIMUM Requirements

  • GPA 3.0 on undergraduate or M.A. degree (cumulative GPA or last 60 semester units if your undergraduate GPA is lower than 3.0 cumulative; graduate GPA taken will be cumulative only)
  • GRE – UA code is 4832.  Use school code 2201 (area studies), or 2299 (social sciences, other) This is required for both domestic and international students.

Other Graduate College Information/Requirements

Phone: (520) 621-3471 | Email Graduate College Questions: OnlineAppHelp@grad.arizona.edu

  • Graduate College Online Application Submission
  • $85 Application Fee Due at time of Submission
  • Domicile Affidavit
 
Standardized Tests

Required test(s):
GRE, TOEFL for International Students

GPA 3.0 on undergraduate or M.A. degree (cumulative GPA or last 60 semester units if your undergraduate GPA is lower than 3.0 cumulative; graduate GPA taken will be cumulative only)

Minimum GRE: No minimum GRE, but the GRE is required. UA code is 4832.  Use school code 2201 (area studies), or 2299 (social sciences, other) This is required for both domestic and international students.
Minimum TOEFL:  550 (213 CBT; 80 IBT)

 
Financial Aid

The School of Middle East and North African Studies (MENAS) awards financial aid on a competitive basis. Meritorious factors include demonstrated excellence in academics including GPA, progress in the program (for current students), test scores (for incoming students), publication, and professional experience such as a previous assistantship or other Middle East-related experience. Most funding is awarded in the fall for the academic year, therefore students entering the program in the spring have a minimal opportunity for departmental support. Many of our students also receive academic year and summer FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) scholarships through the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES). Comprehensive information on FLAS awards may be obtained by visiting the CMES web site. Listed below are the types of financial aid awarded by the Department.

Complete only ONE Financial Aid Application (due first Monday in Feb) to request the following types of support:

The following awards require separate applications:

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: Application Deadline: January 7

    *Applications must be paid for and submitted by the close of business on January 7th.

International Applicants:

  • Fall: Application Deadline: January 7

    *Applications must be paid for and submitted by the close of business on January 7th.

 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

General Requirements for all Ph.D. Tracks

Credit and Transfer Units

A minimum of 54 units of coursework are required for the Ph.D.: 45 units in the major track and 9 units in the minor.  While most of the courses in the major track will be MENAS courses, a student may, in consultation with his/her advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies, apply an appropriate number of courses from other departments, such as Anthropology, History, and Linguistics, to the major track.

 In addition, a minimum of 18 units of dissertation credits are required and no more than 9 units of dissertation credit may be taken in any given semester.  Dissertation units are not included in the 54 units of required graduate course work.

Graduate coursework in Middle Eastern Studies earned at the University of Arizona as part of an MA, and up to 12 units earned in Non-Degree status, may be applied to the Ph.D. coursework requirement.  Students who have completed graduate coursework in Middle Eastern Studies at another institution may petition to transfer up to 30 units towards the Ph.D. requirements by submitting a request to the Graduate College (in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies) prior to the end of their first year of study.

Students who have completed graduate coursework in a field other than Middle Eastern Studies may be able to transfer some units towards MENAS Ph.D. requirements, depending on their applicability as determined by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.  Once advised to do so by this committee, such students should submit a request to the Graduate College (in consultation with the Graduate Advisor) prior to the end of their first year of study.

The University of Arizona’s MENAS graduate program invites highly qualified BA students to apply directly to the Ph.D. program.  Applicants accepted into the Ph.D. program without an MA will be awarded an MA in MENAS after successfully completing the MENAS MA requirements, which are included in their course of doctoral study.  These requirements comprise 33 units of graduate MENAS coursework.

Core Major Course Requirements

MENAS Ph.D. students are required to take:

 
Minor Requirements

Minor
Students must take a minimum of nine units in a minor field, usually in a department outside of MENAS or in a different MENAS track, selected in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.  Students are encouraged to consider structured minors offered by a number of departments (e.g. Anthropology, Women’s Studies) that complement the Ph.D. tracks in MENAS.

 
Student Handbook
http://menas.arizona.edu/grads  

Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 15%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) n/a
 
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 56%
Enrollment Percent Female 44%
Enrollment Percent International 26%
Enrollment Percent URM 11%

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Last revised 31 Aug 2016