Thank you for your interest in the undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the Middle East Studies Center (MESC) at the American University in Cairo.

Applications to the MESC programs are administered by the AUC's Office of Enrollment, Admissions and Student Service Center and are accepted online only. You will find application deadlines, information and instructions under the ‘Academics’ tab on this website.

We welcome applications from students with a clear interest in Middle East studies. Strong recommendation letters, a compelling statement of purpose and a high level of previous academic achievement are all vital elements of a successful application. The English language is a requirement of all applicants; however, there is no minimum score or minimum GPA. Prior language training in a Middle Eastern language is not a prerequisite, although it is advantageous. All application materials must be submitted by the deadline.

Prospective students should read programs descriptions carefully before submitting their applications. Students should also consult the Prospective Student FAQs for answers to common questions about applying to MESC. Information about university fellowships can be found here

If you are a graduate student, you may want to check the MA thesis requirements.

Programs Offered

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BA in Middle East Studies

Middle East Studies is an interdisciplinary program. Middle East Studies courses are taught by faculty members from Anthropology, Arabic Studies, Economics, History, Management, Political Science, and Sociology.
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Master of Arts in Middle East Studies

The program is designed to meet the needs of aspiring professionals who need in-depth knowledge of the modern Middle East as well as those intending to pursue an academic career.
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Graduate Diploma in Middle East Studies

The diploma program in Middle East Studies is designed to fill the need for familiarity with modern Middle Eastern culture and society, particularly for students who have not been exposed to an intensive study of the Middle East at the undergraduate level.
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