The Master’s Program in Middle Eastern Studies was established in Fall 2008. About 40 percent of our alumni plan to attend PhD programs or other professional schools. To date, our former students have been admitted to Rutgers University, Department of Global Affairs for a dual PhD/JD degree; Temple University, Beasley School of Law; PhD Program in Higher and Postsecondary Education at NYU; and the PhD Program in Ethnomusicology at The Graduate Center, CUNY.
The majority of the graduates have entered the workplace or continued employment in their jobs. These include university administration, library science, no-profit for human rights as well as international affairs and teaching. Our first alumna was Suad Mohamed. She has continued to teach Arabic, but her degree in Middle Eastern Studies has allowed her to teach undergrad and even graduate courses that include media content at University of Virginia. And of course, the MA demands a higher remuneration. Arthur B. Starr is now Program Coordinator at The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University. Avishan Bodjnoud found a full-time job at the UN as an IT professional half way through her studies at The Graduate Center. She already had a Master’s in IT from Iran; still she completed the MA-MES program taking one course per semester. She says her MA-MES degree has opened many doors. Now that her degree has been approved by UN HR office, she now plans to apply posts that require a background in social science and the Middle East. Bret Nelson started the program with a MA in Political Science. His expertise on the Middle East helped him find a job at Freedom House. Leeam Azulay Yagev moved to Jerusalem to work for the renowned NGO, Norwegian Refugee Council. After being employed by Human Rights Now for several years in the grants office, Leeam is happy to be doing direct advocacy.