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Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies


CMES offers UA undergraduate students, upon completion of their degree, a Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies for completion of 18 credit hours of eligible UA coursework related to Middle East studies. All eligible courses must meet the requirement of at least 50% Middle East/North African content at the time they were taken and must result in a regular grade (A,B,C,D,E). A minimum of 9 eligible credit hours must be in non-language courses. You must also have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the 18 credits of Middle East-related coursework. Students with a major or minor in Middle Eastern & North African Studies or a major in Arabic are not eligible.

A list of eligible courses and their descriptions is available here. Please note that the list is subject to change. If you believe one of your courses that is not on the list meets the requirement of 50% Middle East/North African content, please contact CMES. Course eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Students who believe they are eligible for the certificate will need to fill out and submit to CMES a free application listing all the eligible courses taken. This can be done during the final semester or after graduation. After CMES verifies student eligibility (after graduation), the student will be sent a link to a questionnaire. The certificate is not issued automatically; the questionnaire must be completed. The information provided helps CMES ensure the continuation of its federal funding. We use the information to generate statistics about University of Arizona graduates with interests in Middle Eastern Studies. Upon receipt of the completed questionnaire, CMES will mail the certificate and a letter of announcement to the address provided.

For further information or to verify the eligibility of a course, please call us at 621-5450 or email Megan Young.

If you are interested in studying the Middle East and wish to apply to the U of A, please visit the School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies or appropriate disciplinary department for information. Bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees are awarded by UA academic departments; the Center does not award degrees.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This is not an official university-approved certificate and will not be noted on your transcript; however, you may add it to your resume/CV. Earning a Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center, and one of only 14 in the country focused on the Middle East and North Africa, is a notable achievement.

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