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Prospective Graduate Diploma Students

Graduate Diploma

The diploma program in Middle East Studies is designed to fill the need for familiarity with modern Middle Eastern culture and society, particularly for students who have not been exposed to an intensive study of the Middle East at the undergraduate level.

To obtain the diploma each candidate must demonstrate, in addition to the normal university requirements in English, proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic up to the completion of ALNG 1101-1102-1103.

Students are expected to finish the program in two semesters, though they may take up to four semesters to complete their requirements.

Core Courses (Choose three courses)

ARIC 5133 Islamic Institutions
ARIC 5232 Seminar on the 20th Century Middle East or (HIST 5223)
ECON 5252
Economic Development in Middle East Countries
HIST/ARIC 5223 Seminar on 20th Century Middle East
MEST 5201 A Critical Introduction to Middle East Studies
POLS 5235 Middle East Politics
SOC/ANTH 5290 Middle Eastern Societies and Cultures

Elective Courses Offered in Fall 2018 (Choose two courses)

ARIC 5102 Cairo in the Cultural Imaginary
ECON 4094-01 Economics of Egypt
ECLT 5256-01
ECLT 5256-01 Gender and Women's Studies in the M E/N A: The Literary and Critical Discourse
HIST 4215-01 The Marriage Crisis and the Middle East
HIST 4288-01 Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East: Modern Lebanon
HIST 5222-01 Seminar on the Nineteenth-Century Middle East
LAW 5271
Special Topics in International Law
MRS 5102 Migration & Refugee Movements in the Middle East and North Africa
POLS 4420-01
Issues in Middle East Politics
POLS 4524
Political Economy of the Middle East
POLS 4605-01 International Politics in the Middle East
POLS 5140 Spec Top in International Relations for both UG and GR: Terrorism: A Critical Analysis
POLS 5258
Comparative Politics and the Middle East
PPAD 5122
Administrative Environment and Public Policy in Egypt and the Middle East
PPAD 5151
Issues in International Security
PPAD 5199
Special Topics in Role of the UN and Arab League in the Middle East

Financial Aid

The University offers graduate students a wide range of fellowships and assistantships. Visit AUC's financial support page for more information.

How to Apply

Visit the Office of Enrollment, Admissions and Student Service Center to begin the application process. Students in the Arab region, Europe, Africa and Asia can send all supporting documents to AUC New Cairo. Students in North and South America can send documents to AUC's New York office.

Program FAQs

If you have any questions, read the frequently asked questions or email


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     Duration: One Year

   Fees 2018/2019

     Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 3.0

    Application Deadline

                                Fall 2019 Deadline is April 1, 2019

     Contact us

     Phone: 20.2.2615.1757


     Office of Admissions: 

     Phone: 20.2.2615.4040