Accelerated MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

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Bachelor's Degree (any)/Middle East and Islamic Studies, Accelerated MA

Overview

Highly qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BA/BS in a chosen major and an MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 138 credits.

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Polices and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. For information specific to this accelerated program, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental website.

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits and with a minimum overall GPA of 3.50.

Students who are accepted in the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits.

Accelerated Master's Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the MA program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form:

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.50
  • Completion of at least one core course in the MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies with a minimum grade of B
  • Minimum grade of B in each advanced standing course
  • Successfully met Mason's requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completed the application for graduation

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following:

Advanced Standing courses (up to 12 credits with a minimum grade of B in each)

MEIS 500 Critical Issues and Debates in Middle East and Islamic Studies (3 credits)
HIST 575 Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History (3 credits)
RELI 644 Islamic Texts and Contexts (3 credits)
GOVT 632 Politics and Societies of the Middle East (3 credits)
ANTH 650 Methods in Anthropology (3 credits)
GLOA 605 Interdisciplinary Research Methods (3 credits)
GOVT 500 The Scientific Method and Research Design (3 credits)
HIST 610 The Study and Writing of History (3 credits)
SOCI 620 Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry (3 credits)
RELI 630 Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion (3 credits)

Reserve Graduate Credit courses (up to 6 credits) taken while an undergraduate and will only count for the graduate degree program

ANTH 635 Regional Ethnography (3 credits) (when topic is Middle East and North Africa)
ARTH 599 Special Topics in Art History (1-6 credits) (when topic is Middle Eastern or Islamic art)
ARTH 699 Topics in Art History (3 credits) (when topic is Middle East or Islamic art)
CONF 653 World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution (3 credits)
ENGH 591 Topics in Folklore Studies (3 credits)
ENGH 665 Seminar in Global Culture (3 credits) (when topic is Middle East or Muslim world)
FREN 553 Topics in North African Francophone Literature and Culture (3 credits)
FRLN 550 Special Topics (3 credits) (when topic is a language of the Middle East or Muslim world)
FRLN 551 Special Topics (3 credits) (when topic is a language of the Middle East or Muslim world)
GGS 533 Issues in Regional Geography (1-6 credits) (when topic is Middle East)
HIST 535 Problems in Comparative World History (3 credits)
HIST 585 Problems in Middle Eastern History (3 credits)
MEIS 599 Issues in Middle East and Islamic Studies (3 credits)
RELI 591 Special Topics in Religious Studies (3 credits) (when topic is Islam or Muslim communities)
RELI 645 Muslim Comparative Theologies: Sunni-Shi`i Religious Thought (3 credits)
RELI 646 Islam and Human Rights (3 credits)
RELI 660 Islamic Biomedical Ethics (3 credits)

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements see AP.6.7 Bachelor's Accelerated Master's Degree policies.