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MA in Arabic Studies Admissions

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Master of Arts - Arabic Studies

Subplans: Arabic for Professional Purposes (APP) or Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). For more information on these subplans, see the Arabic Studies Program Requirements page

Admission: The annual application deadline for the Masters of Arts in Arabic Studies program is December 1. All applicants must submit a completed application through the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, which includes:

  • the submission of official transcripts of all previous academic records (NOTE: for Fall 2021 admission, official transcripts are not required at the time of application - applicants are only required to submit the electronic version of their transcripts).
  • three letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty familiar with their most recent work), 
  • a statement of purpose, 
  • CV, 
  • a personal statement, 
  • and a 10-30 page, double-spaced, writing sample. 
  • GRE scores are not required. 
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must also submit proof of English proficiency that meets Rackham Graduate School's requirements for admission. For more information on Rackham Graduate School's English proficiency requirements, please visit:

For the TAFL subplan, applicants whose native language is not Arabic must have a minimum score of Advanced Mid on the UM Arabic proficiency test (administered by the department after the completed application has been submitted and the student is being considered for admission).

Financial Considerations

Cost of the MA in Arabic Studies is the student's responsibility. You will be responsible for tuition at in-state or out-of-state rates, living expenses, and health care.

See the Rackham Graduate School's website for financial aid available to Masters students.


Incoming TAFL Student Scholarship Opportunity

The Raji M. Rammuny Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship in the Teaching of Arabic as a Foreign Language MA Program

The Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) graduate program was the first of its kind in the United States, established by Professor Raji Rammuny in the University of Michigan’s Department of Middle East Studies. The Raji M. Rammuny Scholarship has been established by the professor’s family and friends to encourage and support outstanding incoming students who are interested in pursuing a TAFL MA. Recipients of this annual scholarship will receive a one-time award of $3,000.

Criteria for selection

Applicants must:

  • meet MES department admission requirements into the TAFL program;
  • be accepted by Rackham Graduate School and plan to enroll full-time in the TAFL program beginning in Fall semester;
  • have maintained excellence in academic achievements;
  • demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment for teaching Arabic as reflected in the letters of support in their application and in the separate required statement of purpose for this scholarship. 

Students admitted to the MA in Arabic Studies TAFL program will be sent additional information regarding the application and selection process for this scholarship.