Graduate students interested in pursuing an area competence on the modern Arab world in conjunction with their major disciplines may enroll in the Certificate of Arab Studies, which is administered by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. The Certificate is offered both at the Master's and Doctoral level.
Each candidate for the graduate Certificate must, by the completion of his or her studies, demonstrate a reading or oral knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic or conversational competence in a spoken Arabic dialect. The Certificate candidate at the Master's level must complete a minimum of 15 graduate credits of Arab area courses, not including acquisition level language courses, chosen for the coherence and support they give to the student's academic and career objectives. The Certificate candidate at the Ph.D. level must complete a minimum of 21 graduate credits in the area exclusive of first and second year language courses. If a thesis or dissertation forms part of the student's degree program, it must be written on a topic dealing with the modern or contemporary Arab world and be approved by the major department and also by the Director of the Program in Arab Studies or by a member of the program faculty the Director designates.
How to Apply
A student desiring admission to the graduate Certificate of Arab Studies must first be accepted for the advanced degree program of a department at Georgetown. In conference with the Director of the Program of Arab Studies, prior to initial registration, the student determines a total program of studies leading to the Certificate. Click here to download an application.
Dr. Jean-François Seznec, Interim Director of the Program in Arab Studies
Ms. Kelli Harris, Academic Program Coordinator