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Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #446 (QS) Waltham, MA, United States
The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) Program at Brandeis University is an interdisciplinary curriculum sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies in conjunction with the faculty from several other departments.
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Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University is designed to provide a strong foundation in Middle Eastern studies with a specialized knowledge of Islam.

The programme

The major requires students to take elective courses from the departments represented by the faculty committee. Key contributing departments, in addition to Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, include politics, history, economics, sociology, African and Afro-American studies and anthropology. With a solid training in language, political theory and praxis, history, economics, sociology and anthropology, the major is especially appropriate for students wishing to pursue graduate work, particularly in the field of Middle Eastern studies, or for those who wish to pursue careers dealing directly or indirectly with the Middle East.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Islam: Civilization and Institutions
  • Political Economy of the Third World
  • Lower Advanced Arabic
  • Love, Sex, and Power in Israeli Culture
  • The Politics of Revolution: State Violence and Popular Insurgency in the Third World

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Transcripts
  • Standardized test scores or a graded analytical paper
  • English Proficiency
  • A letter of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    57360 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57360 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    57360 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57360 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Waltham

  • 1515 - 3140 USD/month
    Living Costs

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