Institute of Political Science

M. A. "Comparative & Middle East Politics and Society" (CMEPS)

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The M.A. in “Comparative & Middle East Politics and Society” (CMEPS) is a two-year joint master’s program offered by the University of Tübingen and the American University in Cairo (AUC). It provides in-depth knowledge of the political and societal developments in the Middle East as well as analytical tools for understanding this region’s complex dynamics and challenges.

The focal point of the degree program is the relationship between societies and states in the MENA region, as well as the dynamics of social and political transformation. The key topics are Comparative Politics of the Middle East, development politics and international cooperation, and issues of regime change and democratization. Students can also choose from a range of elective modules, concentrating, for example, on International Political Economy, Peace and Conflict Resolution, or on issues in the culture and civil societies of the Middle East. Depending on their first degree, students of the CMEPS program will also take courses in either Political Science methods or basic Arabic during their first year. Irrespective of their first degree, by the end of their studies CMEPS students will have a unique profile which combines an advanced knowledge of Comparative Politics with a strong specialization in the politics, society, cultures, and language of the Arab Middle East. To promote the link between theory and practice, study trips to international organizations and development agencies as well as to important political and cultural institutions of the respective host country are included in the program.

CMEPS is open to students with a first degree in Political Science, Middle East Studies, Islamic Studies or in a related discipline. Applicants who are not English native speakers need to provide a certificate (at least 90 scores in TOEFL iBT, 6.5 IELTS, or equivalent)

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Find the CMEPS presence on the AUC website here.

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The current 2017 CMEPS Module Handbook here.

Find the 2016 CMEPS Module Handbook here

Find the 2018 exam regulations here.

Find the 2019 changes for the exam regulations here.


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