Course Requirements

Students must complete 7 graduate-level courses or 24 credits distributed as follows:

  • Two region-wide courses (lecture or colloquium): one in history and one in political science
  • Three courses in the candidate’s chosen discipline
  • Two other lecture courses or colloquia selected from three different disciplines

All courses must be approved by the MEI Program Director. Graduate-level courses in any Columbia department or school may qualify. Courses not specifically on the Middle East may qualify with a final project on a Middle East topic. Independent research courses may qualify. Click here for a list of pre-approved courses.