Advanced proficiency in Arabic is in high demand by both academic institutions and employers in all sectors. There is a growing need for qualified Arabic language teachers as well as specialists who deeply understand Arab culture and contemporary Arab society. The Arabic School’s MA degree program, established in 2012, promises to produce teachers, specialists, and scholars with high degrees of fluency in the Arabic language and Arab culture.
Pursue an MA at the Arabic School, and you will work alongside some of the most focused and directed students of Arabic and Arab culture, with a dedicated faculty from leading institutions around the world. The faculty bring with them years of experience in Arabic language instruction and rich cultural backgrounds as diverse as their geographic and linguistic communities of origin. Graduate students engage with sophisticated authentic reading and listening materials using the language of educated Arabs, a mixture of Modern Standard Arabic and dialect. They immerse themselves in Arabic and Arab culture through their academic work, commitment to the Language Pledge, and participation in a variety of cocurricular activities.
The MA program offers two academic tracks: a general track in Arabic studies, featuring in-language coursework on topics in literature, history, culture, religion, and contemporary politics and society; and an Arabic language pedagogy track, designed for current and prospective teachers of Arabic, offering advanced training in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). On each track, students enhance their academic writing skills as they engage in research projects and produce scholarly papers in Arabic.
Students may earn the MA by completing four summer sessions at Middlebury at Mills, or by combining two summer sessions with an academic year at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College. Applicants pursuing an MA are encouraged to apply for financial aid, as special funding is available. Merit-based scholarships are also available. For detailed information about program and admission requirements, please visit our page MA Program Tracks.
The 6-week graduate session is open to applicants pursuing an MA as well as non-degree applicants. Preference in admissions may be given to applicants committed to pursuing the MA degree.