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What will I learn?

Learning Outcomes

The Middle Eastern Studies major has the following learning outcomes:

Demonstrated written and oral mastery of a Middle Eastern language

Demonstrated specific skills and expertise, including research, analysis, and writing

Ability to read texts in Arabic, and analyze the language and the cultural context

Identification, evaluation, and analysis of historical monuments, periods in time, vocabulary, concepts, and historical figures

Preparation for the Major

Required: Two courses selected from Ancient Near East 10W, History 9D, Middle Eastern Studies M50A, M50B, M50CW, and demonstrated proficiency equivalent to level 3 at UCLA in one modern Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish) or through a departmental language placement examination. Students selecting ancient languages (including Acadian, Aramaic, Coptic, Egyptian, Old or Middle Iranian, Sumerian, Syria) are not required to take a modern elementary Middle Eastern language.

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$29,754.00 per year
Given fee is for nonresident supplemental tuition; University Fees: USD $13,239
Application deadline

Expected November 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


College of Letters and Science

2300 Murphy Hall,



90095, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum score of 550 in paper based TOEFL. Students who have attended school under the British system must present five GCSE/Ordinary-Level examinations and at least three Advanced-Level examinations with superior grades.

For international students

To be considered for admission to UCLA, international students must have completed secondary school with a superior average in academic subjects and have earned a certificate of completion which enables the student to be admitted to a university in the home country.

English language proficiency is critical to your success at UCLA. Applicants, whose first language, or language of instruction for at least the last three years, is not English, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A competitive score is above 100 (with sub-scores above 22)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A competitive score is 7 or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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