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Thirty credits of graduate study are required for the degree. The core curriculum consists of two 3-credit courses required for all MA students: MES 73000 - Approaches to the Study of the Middle East, which introduces students to methods and sources for studying the Middle East and MES 73000 - History of the Modern Middle East. To complete the program (remaining 3 credits), each student must either write a Thesis under the direction of an Advisor (enrolling in MES 79700 - Independent Study) or take MES 79001 – Capstone Seminar.