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What will I learn?

The University of Washington Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies is designed for students who wish to pursue research with a comparative perspective in the following fields:

Near and Middle Eastern literature, culture, and languages (including Arabic, Hebrew, Persian [or Dari or Tajik], and Turkish and [Central Asian Turkic]);

Islamic topics, including Islamic law, history, institutions, theology, and mysticism;

Comparative religion of the Near and Middle East;

Interdisciplinary investigations of modern historical and contemporary topics using the social sciences.

The program is administered by an Interdisciplinary Graduate School group and led by Program Director Cabeiri deBergh Robinson, Associate Professor in the International Studies, Comparative Religions, and South Asian Studies programs, adjunct Assistant Professor in Anthropology. The program of studies includes courses offered in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, the Jackson School of International Studies and other departments on campus. Students in the program are required to take courses in both the humanities and social sciences.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (90 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$30,208.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1or its equivalent from a foreign institution; Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

MA in a related field (or near completion)

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

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


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