Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Studies

  • About
  • Curriculum
  • Application Requirements
  • Faculty
  • Costs & Funding
  • Contact
Registration is open for:

Program Length: 10 months

Language of Instruction: English

Tuition: $15,000

Admission Requirements: BA average of 80 or higher from an accredited institution

Application Deadline:

July 31, 2020



“Israel and the Middle East” is the brand new study track for 2020 offered by the M.A. Middle Eastern Studies (MAMES) program, in collaboration with the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).

The new track consists of three courses offered jointly by TAU faculty and researchers from the INSS, applying a political-science approach with history.


The new courses offered for next year are:

  1. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: From negotiations to deadlock

  2. Is there a New Cold War in the Region?

  3. The National Security Challenges in the Changing Middle East


The INSS is an independent research institute and think tank affiliated with Tel Aviv University specializing in military and strategic affairs, terrorism and low-intensity conflict, military balance in the Middle East, and cyber warfare.  The INSS was ranked as the leading think tank in the Middle East and 14th worldwide among "Top Defense and National Security Think Tanks."

Students can take all or any of the courses as part of their course requirements.  If taking all three courses, they’ll be eligible for a certificate by the INSS, and will receive priority in applying for an internship at the INSS.

Those who are interested in pursuing careers in the fields of journalism, diplomacy, government, think tank research, advocacy/activism, and academia will gain the opportunity to acquire an understanding of the political, social, and economic dimensions of the region from within. The MAMES program will equip graduates with the analytical tools and knowledge base to eventually become experts of a region whose geopolitical developments regularly affect the state of global affairs.


Upon successful completion, graduates are awarded an M.A. in Middle Eastern and African History from Tel Aviv University.



Student Testimonials


Tania De Ildefonso Ocampos, Spain

During my master's degree at TAU, I acquired the required professional skills to become a trainee in the European Parliament, Directorate-General for External Policies, Euromed/Middle East. Among these skills are Hebrew language and deep knowledge of the history and current state of affairs of the MENA region. I particularly enjoyed having both Israeli and Palestinian professors as well as a wide variety of courses to choose from.







Val Jensen, USA

In my first week on the job I conducted market research on the ZBV, a mobile x-ray van disguised as a utility van that scans for explosives in cars. After presenting, I received a flurry of praises. My supervisor said that I really helped, and I credit my time at Tel Aviv University for that.







Want to read more student experiences? Click here.


Discover More

Apply Now
Tel Aviv University, P.O. Box 39040, Tel Aviv 6997801, Israel
UI/UX Basch_Interactive