Dual M.A. MENAS/Masters of Public Administration

Admission to the Dual Degree Program

Students must apply to, and be accepted by, both the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) and the School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) to qualify for admission to the dual degree program. An interdisciplinary committee from the two units will review and make a recommendation about any student who has been accepted to both programs, and has indicated that he/she wishes to earn dual degrees.

Course Requirements

The minimum number of units required to earn dual Master’s degrees in Middle Eastern and North African Studies and Public Administration is 60 (18 from MENAS, 27 from SGPP, and 15 units that are shared between the two).

MENAS Course Requirements (18 units)

  • MENA 595D: Methods (3 units)
  • MENA History (3 units)
  • MENA Islamic Studies (3 units)
  • MENA Cultural/Gender Studies (3 units)
  • MENA electives (6 units)
  • MENA 910: Thesis (3 units) OR MENA 909: Master's Report (3 units)

Note: Electives can be any courses offered through the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, including ARB, PRS, and TURK courses.

Public Administration Course Requirements (27 units)

  • PA 500: Economics for Public Policy (3 units)
  • PA 501: Public Organization Theory (3 units)
  • PA 503: Politics, Policy and Public Management (3 units)
  • PA 505: Methods for Program Evaluation (3 units)
  • PA 508: Public and Nonprofit Financial Management (3 units)
  • PA 527: Leadership and Ethics for Nonprofits and Public Management (3 units)
  • PA 550: Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administration (3 units)
  • PA 594: Capstone (3 units)
  • PA 597H: Public and Nonprofit Human Resources Management (3 units)

MENAS and Public Administration Shared Course Requirements (15 units)

  • MENA 502A: Economic History of the Islamic World (3 units)
  • MENA 541: Arab-Israeli Conflict (3 units)
  • MENA 580: Middle East in the 20th century (3 units)
  • MENA 596B: Islamic Movements (3 units)
  • MENA 596S: Colonialism and the Critique of Modernity (3 units)
  • MENA 696Y: Nationalism and Islam (3 units)
  • PA 507: Conflict Management in the Public Sector (3 units)
  • PA 513: Government, Business, and the Nonprofit Sector (3 units)
  • PA 518: Public Management Tools for the 21st Century (3 units)
  • PA 533: Nonprofit Management (3 units)
  • PA 551: Local Economics & Community Development (3 units)
  • PA 565: Public Health Advocacy (3 units)
  • PA 572: Digital Research in Politics & Policy (3 units)
  • PA 581: Environmental Policy (3 units)
  • PA 584: Environmental Management (3 units)
  • PA 597M: Public & Nonprofit Management Information Systems (3 units)
  • PA 597W: Grantwriting (3 units)
  • PA 593: Internship (3 units)

Language Requirement

You must achieve second-year language proficiency in one of the Middle Eastern languages (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish). Note that first-year and second-year language courses do not count for graduate credit but may be necessary to fulfill the language requirement. If you enter the program at second-year proficiency, you may demonstrate language proficiency either by taking language courses above the second-year level, or by other means such as a transcript of previous education or placement test.

Thesis/Master's Report Requirement

The MENAS MA requires a thesis for the thesis track, or Master’s Report for the professional track. By the end of the second semester, you must assemble a committee of three faculty members, one of whom will serve as the thesis or Master’s report advisor. Two committee members must come from the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies and one must come from the School of Government and Public Policy. Both the MENAS Director of Graduate Studies and the SGPP Director of Graduate Studies must approve the committee.


While completing MENAS requirements, students should not be assessed SGPP program fees. However, students will be required to take the SGPP core classes during one academic year and will be charged SGPP fees during that year.