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Semitistik und altorientalische Philologie / Semitic and Ancient Oriental Philology (Master of Arts)

Program: Semitistik und altorientalische Philologie / Semitic and Ancient Oriental Philology
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)

The master's program is supported by the professorships of Ancient Oriental Studies and Semitic Studies. They work together with the five other professorships at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS), which represent philologically and cultural-historically aligned socio-economic major topics with present-day relevance (Arabic Studies, Iranian Studies, Islamic Studies, Politics and Economics of the Near and Middle East). In addition, there are cooperations with other methodological departments of the Philipp University (including Linguistics, Ethnology, Religious Studies).

Major topics

Various major topics can be set within the program:

  • The application of methodologies of linguistic and textual studies,
  • The learning of one or more ancient Oriental and Semitic languages (including Akkadian, Arabic, Ethiopian, Hebrew, Hittite, Sumerian, Syrian),
  • Cultural Studies and Cultural Policy issues

Broad interdisciplinary education and regional expertise are additional, high-priority objectives of the program.


Professional fields for successful graduates of the master's program particularly include adult education, the library and publishing sector, cultural mediation, cultural management, tourism, journalistic work with print and audio-visual media and public relations work.

Knowledge of regionally specific contexts and internationality with present-day relevance, as well as other key competencies on organizational, communicative and social levels, expand the professional field, particularly in connection with the acquired foreign language skills, in specific fields of activity abroad and in commercial enterprises.

  • Admission requirements

    Required university degree Degree from a subject-relevant bachelor's program in the field of Near and Middle Eastern Studies or (Historical) Linguistic, Text and Literature Studies, or certification of a comparable domestic or foreign qualifying university diploma.

    A total of at least 90 CP must have been completed in the field of Near and Middle Eastern Studies or in the field of philological-linguistic modules in the first professional qualifying degree.

    The examination board can make admission contingent on additional academic performances and/or examination performances of 30 CP at maximum being produced. In this case, the program can be extended accordingly.
    Certifications of program-specific knowledge and skills to be submitted prior to admission

    German skills:
    DSH 2

    Other language skills:
    Skills in Arabic, of 30 CP
    or skills in Akkadian, of 24 CP
    or skills in Biblical Hebrew, of 24 CP
    or skills in modern Hebrew, of 24 LP

    Certification of corresponding skills in Arabic, Akkadian, Biblical Hebrew or modern Hebrew are demonstrated by documentation of completed modules or by equivalent certifications. Certification of the Biblical Hebrew can also be provided by the Hebraicum. This is provided either by the university entrance qualifying examination certificate, the passing of supplementary examinations or the passing of equivalent language examinations.

    Admission Mode Direct admission is granted with complete fulfillment of the admission requirements.
  • Who can answer questions?

    Technical questions about your application


    Content-related questions about the program

    General student advisement (Departmental representative for student advisement - bachelor's and master's programs)

    Ancient Oriental Studies

    Prof. Dr. Nils P. Heeßel
    Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS)
    Deutschhausstraße 12, Room 00A47
    35032 Marburg
    Tel.: +49 6421/28-24616

    Dr. Elyze Zomer
    Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS)
    Deutschhausstraße 12, Room 00A44
    35032 Marburg
    Tel.: +49 6421/28-24617

    Semitic Studies

    Prof. Dr. Stefan Weninger

    Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS)
    Deutschhausstraße 12, Room 01A42
    35032 Marburg
    Tel.: +49 6421/28 24792

    Office hours: Mon 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central European Time) and by arrangement

    Formal questions about your application

    In case of formal questions about the application, please contact Master's Coordination with your application number (if available) at .

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