The Department of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (JINELC) at Washington University in St. Louis offers two terminal master’s degrees: a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies, and a Master of Arts in Islamic and Near Eastern Studies. While both programs have their own curricula, the department’s integrated nature provides students a unique opportunity to explore the shared experiences and interactions of Jews and Muslims in their various cultural and historical contexts. Both M.A. programs are two-year full-time programs that foster breadth and depth of study and include a graduation requirement of advanced language proficiency. Close mentoring relations allow for tailoring a program of study to a student’s specific interests and goals. Thanks to the excellence of our M.A. programs, many of our graduates have been subsequently accepted into highly prestigious Ph.D. programs (see Why Washington University in St. Louis).
The department does not currently offer a home-based Ph.D. program. Students who would like to pursue a Ph.D. in one of the fields of Jewish Studies or Islamic and Near Eastern Studies may do so under the auspices of a Ph.D. granting department or program at Washington University (such as History, Anthropology, or Comparative Literature) in cooperation with participating faculty from JINELC. In such instances, the prospective student should apply directly to the appropriate disciplinary department or program at Washington University.
Interim Director of Graduate Studies in JINELC: Professor Nancy E. Berg
Applicants to either of the two master’s programs must submit:
- Official transcripts of all previous postsecondary work
- Official transcripts of GRE scores
- Official transcripts of TOEFL scores (for non-native speakers of English only)
- A 500-word statement of purpose describing the applicant’s academic areas of interest and career goals
- An example of written work, typically a 12-25 page academic paper written on a relevant topic
- Completed Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) application form
- Application fee
- Three letters of reference to be independently submitted by the applicant’s referees
- The general admissions standards established by the GSAS must also be fulfilled for acceptance.
NOTE: Entering classes start in the fall. Application deadline for the fall term is January 15.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers full or partial tuition remission for qualified students in both master’s programs. Application should be made to the Graduate School when applying for admission to the program.