Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Studies

Master degree
24 months
Application deadlines: 2 January
Processing time: 30 days
Application fee: $105
Intakes: September
International tuition: $48,008
Domestic tuition: $48,008

Program overview

Taking a broad interdisciplinary approach encompassing the humanities and social sciences as well as the arts and natural sciences, CMES engages with faculty from across Harvard University whose teaching and research focus on the Middle East, and with other regional studies centers and Harvard libraries and museums holding exceptional and unparalleled collections related to Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. This dynamic academic community includes over 40 faculty, a diverse cohort of more than 50 graduate students, and an annual contingent of 12 to 15 visiting researchers. This academic program is designed for entrepreneurial students who wish to develop new academic interests or pursue professional skills. Students have diverse profiles and come from the United States and around the world. They share a capacity for scholarly exploration of the Middle East region in all its richness and complexity.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



    CMES welcomes applications from students with a demonstrated interest in Middle Eastern studies. Strong recommendations and a compelling statement of purpose are vital to a successful application. The GRE is required of all applicants; however, there is no minimum score or minimum GPA. The admissions committee takes into consideration all elements of an applicant’s background in their evaluation of applications. Prior language training in a Middle Eastern language is not a prerequisite, although it is advantageous to one’s application.

    Career opportunities

    Graduates of the program pursue careers in diplomacy, business, media, human rights, and non-governmental work. Some continue for further graduate study in law school, medical school, or PhD programs. Master’s students make valuable contributions to the intellectual community at CMES, their academic home while in the program, and are encouraged to participate in a range of CMES activities, programs, and workshops.

    Campus location

    Cambridge , United States