Middle East Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Accelerated MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies

Highly qualified undergraduates in pursuing a BA in select majors (listed below) may apply to the accelerated master’s degree in Middle East and Islamic studies. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a master's degree in Middle East and Islamic studies after satisfactory completion of 144 credits, sometimes within five years.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Accelerated Option Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

While undergraduate students, accelerated master’s students complete two graduate courses (chosen from MEIS 500, HIST 575, GOVT 632, RELI 644) as indicated on their Accelerated Master’s Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all course work. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master’s students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master’s degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master’s program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Selected Majors:
Government and international politics, global affairs, history, religious studies, Russian and Eurasian studies, sociology, and anthropology. It is preferred, though not required, that the student have a minor in Middle East studies or Islamic studies.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits (chosen from MEIS 500, HIST 575, GOVT 731 [when content focus is the Middle East], GOVT 733, RELI 644) as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master’s degree, students should use the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition Form. 

The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See the Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates section of the catalog.

 

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