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Certificate of Advanced Study in Middle Eastern Affairs

The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Middle Eastern Affairs is available to Syracuse University students in all graduate programs who are looking to supplement their degree with a strong foundation in the region’s culture and politics or to prepare for a career involving regional specialization. The Certificate is administered and awarded by the Maxwell School. Students are required to complete at least twelve credits: a single three-credit required course and nine credits in the form of approved electives chosen from affiliated departments within the University and/or approved extracurricular experience.


Students interested in obtaining the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Middle Eastern Affairs should consult the list of required and elective courses and other credit-bearing activities. Application for the Certificate should be made by first consulting with the student’s Faculty Advisor who will determine whether the student can pursue the Certificate consistent with the requirements of his/her degree program, and then by speaking with the Director of the Certificate Program, Professor Yüksel Sezgin.


Faculty:  Ahmed E. Abdel-Meguid,Carol Babiracki,Hossein Bashiriyeh,Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Zachary Braiterman,Miriam Fendius Elman,Carol Fadda-Conrey,Ken Frieden,Rania Habib,Susan Henderson,Amy Kallander,Tazim R. Kassam,Osamah F. Khalil,Amos Kiewe,Natalie Koch,Jaklin Kornfilt,Sandra D. Lane,Dana M. Olwan,Kara Richardson,Robert A. Rubinstein,Ossama M. Salem,Yüksel Sezgin,James W. Watts


Two forms must be filled out and delivered to the Middle Eastern Studies Program to complete this application stage:

1.   Students who have completed at least six credits of related coursework in Middle Eastern Studies should complete the Graduate Enrollment Internal Admission Application form (PDF) to receive admission to the program. Once completed, the form should be submitted to Ms. Amy Marsden at the Moynihan Institute (346 Eggers Hall) who will sign for the Middle Eastern Studies Program and pass it on to the Graduate Enrollment Management Processing Center (716 E. Washington Street). Please note that the “Program Code” for the Certificate in Middle Eastern Affairs is MI17CAS.

2.   The Program of Study form (PDF) has to be signed by the student’s advisor and by Professor Sezgin (100 Eggers Hall). The Program of Study will be held by Ms. Amy Marsden until all the requirements for the certificate (twelve credits) are complete. Ms. Marsden will submit this form to the Graduate School (304 Lyman Hall) in a timely manner before the student's expected graduation date so that the documents and information can be gathered as the graduation date approaches.

Please also remember that a Graduate Diploma Request Form must be completed through MySlice during the semester the student will graduate. Students must complete a separate form for each of their degree programs as each results in its own degree date and diploma.

The Director will recommend granting the Certificate to students who have met all of the requirements (while maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for all classes taken toward it) and who are in good standing in their graduate school or department.


Please see the Course Catalog for information on the Certificate of Advanced Study in Middle Eastern Affairs.


  • Internships: Graduate students can receive a maximum of three credits for an internship in any governmental/non-governmental organization based either in the region or outside which deals strongly with the Middle East. For a list of available opportunities, contact the program director.
  • Fieldwork: The Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at the Maxwell School usually allocates one or two annual summer research grants for Maxwell doctoral students. The purpose of the award is to provide students the opportunity to gather data, undergo advanced language training, and increase competiveness of future proposals for funding. Grants range from $1,000 to $3,000 and will be assigned on merit. Grant awardees register and receive credit for an independent study course (typically three credits). Students who have secured outside sources of funding may also submit proposals for fieldwork through independent study.