The PhD program in Persian and Iranian Studies at the University of Arizona offers a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum. MA students can focus on a) modern or classical Persian literature and culture or b) Iranian (or other Persian speaking societies') history, religion, social organization, and politics. This option allows students to create a self-designed concentration with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies. They also engage in a critical examination of contemporary ideas and methodologies in the field of Persian and Iranian Studies.
MA students will be thesis track and will be required to reach fourth-year proficiency in Persian language.
The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.
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GRE and TOEFL for International Students
Minimum GRE: No minimum GRE. 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: TOEFL score of 550 (213 CBT; 80 IBT)
The Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies 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:
*Applications must be paid for and submitted by the close of business on January 31st .
*Applications must be paid for and submitted by the close of business on January 31st.
The Persian and Iranian Studies degree will focus specifically on either modern or classical Persian literature and culture, or Iranian (or other Persian speaking societies’) history, religion, social organization, and politics. For either, superior language competency in Persian is expected The PHD in Persian and Iranian Studies will consist of 36 units of major coursework, 9 units of minor coursework, and 18 dissertation units. These courses can be from other departments including MENAS, Anthropology, English, History, SLAT, Linguistics, etc. All PhD candidates will be required to take four core courses (12 units), two colloquia (6 units), two seminars (6 units), one research methods course (3 units), four to six elective courses selected in consultation with the candidate’s major advisor (12-18 units with 9 units qualifying as the candidate’s minor), and demonstrate a fourth-year Persian language proficiency, which may include taking 6 units in Persian language courses. One European language are required for the doctorate. Reading proficiency in the European language must be demonstrated by transcripts verifying completion of intermediate-level coursework in French or German (or other language of scholarship approved by the advisor), or by completing German 500 or French 502. All foreign language requirements must be satisfied before taking the Comprehensive Examination. Core Courses (12 units total) from: MENA/GWS 563, PRS/MENA 571, MENA 496/596, MENA 580, MENA 595D