Dual Master’s Degrees in Middle Eastern and North African Studies and Journalism

Professional Option


Course requirements

The minimum number of units required to earn dual master’s degrees in Middle Eastern and North African Studies and Journalism is 51 (18 from NES, 18 from Journalism, and 15 units that are shared between the two).

Middle Eastern and North African Studies (18 Units)

595D Middle East Studies (3 units)
Language (3rd year of an NES language)* (6 units)
Gender & Society (select 1 course from group) (3 units)
Islamic Studies (select 1 course from group) (3 units)
History (select 1 course from group) (3 units)

MENAS and Journalism Shared Courses (15 units)

Thesis (3 units from NES 910, 3 units from JOUR 910) (6 units)
NES 596B Middle East Media (3 units)
JOUR 509 International and US Media Law(3 units)
Choose either JOUR 596F Media Coverage of International Crises OR JOUR 560 International Media Systems (3 units)

Journalism (18 units)

JOUR 506 Introductory and Advanced Reporting (3 units)
JOUR 507 Reporting with Multimedia (3 units)
JOUR 508 Journalism Theory and Practice (3 units)
JOUR 513 Reporting Public Affairs (3 units)
JOUR 589 Research Methods (3 units)
JOUR 590A-D or 597D School media (3 units)
(Select one course from Arizona Cat’s Eye, El Independiente, The Tombstone Epitaph, Cat Scan, Border Beat, Arizona-Sonora News Service)

Total: 51 Units

*Students must demonstrate third-year language proficiency in Standard Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish. Second-year language proficiency is achieved by successfully completing four semesters of the focus language. Units from 1st and 2nd year do not count for graduate credit.

Admission to the Dual Degree Program

Students must apply to, and be accepted by, both the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies and the School of Journalism to qualify for admission to the dual degree program. An interdisciplinary committee from the two units will review and make a recommendation about any student who has been accepted by both schools, and has indicated that he or she wishes to earn dual degrees.

Candidates need to complete an application form and pay an application fee for each unit.

Transfer Credit

A request to transfer must be submitted to the Graduate College, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies or Graduate Adviser in each unit, by the end of the first year. Many of these transfer units may be applicable to requirements in either degree program, or may count toward the additional units required of the student.

Language Requirements

Students must achieve third-year language proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish. Third-year language proficiency is achieved through successful completion of six semesters of the focus language.

If a student enters the program with proficiency in one Middle Eastern language at the third-year level, the student must take either 6 units of that language at the third-year or more advanced level, or 6 units of a second Middle Eastern language.

Students in the journalism program are expected to write and speak fluent English.


By the end of the second semester of enrollment, students must assemble a thesis committee of at least three faculty members, one of whom serves as the thesis adviser.

The adviser and at least one other committee member must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in Middle Eastern and North African Studies, and at least one must be a faculty member in the School of Journalism. The committee must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies or Graduate Adviser in each unit.



Admission requirements

For more information
For application and administrative questions:

Elena Stauffer


Advising questions:

Prof. Carol Schwalbe

For more on the Middle Eastern and North African Studies degree:

Kathleen Landeen


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