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MA Requirements

Graduate students must meet both Graduate School Requirements and NELC Department Graduate Program Requirements in order to graduate.

Graduate School Requirements

I. 36 CREDITS: Credits completed with a final course grade of 2.7 or higher (400 level or above, with at least 18/36 credits at the 500 level or above. Please note that 498/499 courses do not count for graduate level credit). Please note that courses numbered 600, 700, and 800 ARE NOT calculated into a student's grade point average. 
II. CUMULATIVE GPA: Minimum of 2.0.
III. MASTER’S DEGREE REQUEST: File online through MyUW.
IV. TIME LIMIT: Complete all degree requirements within six years.

NELC Department Graduate Program Requirements

Details about all of these requirements can be found in our Graduate Student Handbook

I. The M.A. SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE: As early as possible, but no later than the end of the 3rd quarter of study, students should select a Supervisory Committee. 
II. READING LISTS: A reading list serves as a guideline for students preparing for exams. These lists will include readings covered in the students’ coursework, plus additional material. 
III. EXAMINATIONS: The scheduling of the exams is by agreement of the examiners and students. The M.A. exams are normally scheduled for students’ final quarter of M.A. study, however, the faculty may accept petitions for earlier examinations.

  1. The Concentration Near Eastern Language Exam: Students must demonstrate knowledge at an advanced level of a Near East language. Students must take an exam or pass the third year series of NELC UW courses with a 3.5 or higher GPA.
  2. The Second Near Eastern Language Exam: Students must demonstrate knowledge at the intermediate level of a Near East Language. Students must take an exam or pass the second year series of NELC UW courses with a 3.5 or higher GPA.
  3. The Research Language Exam: Students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a research language that is pertinent to the research in their area of study (French, German, etc).  Students must take an exam or pass the first year series of UW courses with a 3.5 or higher GPA.
  4. The General Culture of the Near East Exam: Students will take a written    examination on the General Culture of the Near East. The exam will assume broad core knowledge of the Near East and comparative perspectives on the field.  However, it will not be a standardized exam but rather suited to each student’s course of study.
  5. Specialization Exam: This exam assesses students’ ability to analyze the       scholarship produced in a particular field. They should be prepared to assess the accuracy of content in particular works and to demonstrate a strong grasp of the chronology of their discipline. Students will need to demonstrate an awareness of the major scholarly approaches to the subject and the important questions each has raised over time.

IV.FINAL PAPER: In order to complete the M.A. program, students must submit either a seminar paper OR a thesis.

Important NELC Graduate Program Documents

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