Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, MA
Program Category: MA Programs
Chair: Gil Hochberg
Director of Graduate Studies: Sudipta Kaviraj
Degree Programs: Full-Time/Part-Time: Free-Standing MA
As early as 1780, Columbia faculty were teaching what were then called Oriental languages. The idea of the Orient has changed and been deconstructed by Columbia’s own faculty, but Columbia’s eminence has never wavered.
The department offers courses in three major cultural areas: African Studies, Arab Studies, and South Asian Studies, as well as in Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, and Islamic Studies. A student may specialize in a variety of subfields decided in conjunction with his or her advisor and the academic affairs committee of the department.
Special Admissions Requirements
In addition to the requirements listed below, all students must submit one transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a statement of academic purpose, a writing sample of no more than 15 to 20 pages, and three letters of evaluation from academic sources.
All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.
- Deadline for Fall Admission:
- Thursday, April 7, 2022 Applications will be reviewed starting January 1 and will continue to be reviewed until the final deadline of April 7, 2022.
- Resume Requirement:
- Writing Sample:
- Yes, 15-20 pages
- GRE General:
- Degree Programs:
- Full Time
- Letter of Recommendation:
Applications will be reviewed starting January 1 and will continue to be reviewed until the final deadline of April 7, 2022.
All applicants must have at least one year of study of the language in their prospective field.