Our M.A. degree in Middle Eastern Cultures and Religions is an interdisciplinary program that combines studies in religion, language, history, and social sciences, and provides students opportunities for field education.
Students pursuing this degree are able to utilize the wealth of institutional and personal resources available for study and interaction in Jerusalem.
Both in and out of the classroom, our students encounter a variety of viewpoints first-hand regarding the character of the countries of the region and their current political processes. The rare combination of Israeli and Palestinian scholars, together with local Christian faculty members teaching in a non-denominational Christian institution located in Jerusalem, makes Jerusalem University College a unique meeting place for examining and interacting with issues surrounding the modern Middle East.
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The M.A. degree in Middle Eastern Cultures and Religions includes 49 semester credit hours of course work as outlined below. The degree is designed to be completed within two calendar years, although students choosing to pursue the thesis track are granted an additional year. Students for whom English is not their native language are expected to finish the degree in three years if taking the non-thesis track, or four years if pursuing the thesis track. Up to 24 credits of approved graduate-level courses may be transferred in from another degree program if approved by the JUC Academic Committee.
Students are required to complete an intensive internship course (3 credit hours) which includes 150 contact hours at an approved area ministry, NGO, or comparable placement, together with a written component produced by the student. The internship is designed to provide an opportunity for students to develop and refine practical skills necessary for leadership in the Middle East. It does this by integrating classroom learning with practical field experiences. For this reason, each internship placement is closely matched to the individual student’s academic program and vocational goals.
M.A. students may choose to write a thesis as part of their degree program. Once a topic of interest is chosen, the student will work with two faculty members to develop a thesis proposal, then research and write the thesis. The process of writing a thesis not only allows the student to engage a topic in depth, but also to learn methods of research and writing that allow the student to pursue further academic work.
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