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Politik und Wirtschaft des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens / Middle Eastern Politics and Economics (Master of Arts)

Program: Politik und Wirtschaft des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens / Middle Eastern Politics and Economics
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)
Start: winter semester

The interdisciplinary Politik und Wirtschaft des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens / Middle Eastern Politics and Economics master's program represents a conjunction of political and economic sciences for the Near and Middle East regions that is unique in Germany. Following a subject-relevant bachelor's program, the master's program expands regional and linguistic knowledge (Arabic and Persian) and develops and discusses topics at the interfaces of politics and economics in a research-oriented manner. Students should have interest in analyzing socio-political conflicts in the Near and Middle East from interdisciplinary perspectives and in pursuing independent political-economic questions. Students who already exhibit economic knowledge will initially attend political science modules and vice versa.

Major topics

The master's program focuses on content that is interwoven into economics and politics. For example: resource conflicts, the distribution of oil revenues, correlations of prosperity and development, political effects of investment, Islamic economic policy, clientelism, etc.


The master's degree qualifies you for a wide variety of professional work in the political-economic field of the Near and Middle East, and for a doctorate program. During the program, you will acquire the skills to analyze political-economic contexts and to develop solution strategies. The program does not lead to any standardized occupational profile; instead, the program qualifies you for a variety of professional fields, including:

  • International institutions and organizations
  • International commercial enterprises (industry, trade, banks, financial services) 
  • Science (universities, research institutions)
  • Political consulting (public administration, associations, institutions and organizations)
  • Media, publishing and public relations work
  • Admission requirements

    Required university degree Certification of a degree from a discipline-relevant bachelor's program or certification of a comparable domestic or foreign qualifying university degree, in which sufficient political and/or economic studies competencies and also language skills have been imparted. There are sufficient competencies when the corresponding degree includes at least 60 credit points in methodological and specialized fundamentals of political science, the economic sciences, both disciplines or a related subject (e.g.  Sociology, Cultural Studies).
    Certifications of program-specific knowledge and skills to be submitted prior to admission German skills:
    DSH 2

    Other language skills:
    • Skills in the English language at Level B2 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe" and
    • Certification of at least 240 hours of instruction (corresponding to 16 semester hours) in Arabic or Persian or Turkish
    Admission Mode Eligibility assessment process
  • Who can answer questions?


    Please note that due to the current health situation related to the corona virus, all personal consultation hours are unfortunately cancelled until further notice.


    Technical questions about your application


    Content-related questions about the program

    Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS)
    Deutschhausstraße 12
    35032 Marburg
    Tel.: (+49) 06421-2824962

    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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