Dual M.A. MENAS/Masters of Public Administration

Admission to the Dual Degree Program

Students must apply to, and be accepted by, both MENAS  and the School of Government and Public Policy 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, 30 from Public Policy, and 12 units that are shared between the two). You must complete all 24 units of the MPA core requirements, the capstone course (PA 594, to be taken during the final Spring semester prior to graduation), and an internship.

MENAS Course Requirements (18 units)

  • MENA 595D: Methods (3 units)
  • MENA History (3 units)
  • MENA Islamic Studies (3 units)
  • MENA Gender Studies (3 units)
  • MENA electives (6 units)

Note: Can be any courses offered through the School of Middle Easter and North African Studies

Public Administration - 30 units (unique)

Core courses:

  • 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 500: Economics for Public Policy (3 units)
  • PA 550: Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administration (3 units)
  • PA 594: MPA Capstone (3 units)

Practicums – chose two (6 units):

  • PA 597M Public and Nonprofit Management Information Systems (3 units)
  • PA 597G Grant Writing (3 units)


  • 3 units internship

MENAS and Public Administration Shared Courses (12 units)

(At least 9 from MENAS for MPA concentration)

  • MENA 580: Middle East in the 20th century (3 units)
  • MENA 502A: Economic History of the Islamic World (3 units)
  • MENA 596B: Islamic Movements (3 units)
  • MENA 541: Arab-Israeli Conflict (3 units)
  • MENA 584: History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1800 to Present (3 units)
  • MENA 594: SISMEC Practicum
  • MENA 696Y: Nationalism and Islam (3 units)
  • PA 581: Environmental Policy (3 units)

Language Requirements

You must achieve third-year language proficiency in one of the Middle Eastern languages (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish). The Arabic language requirement can be fulfilled either by three years of Modern Standard Arabic or two years of Modern Standard Arabic and one year of Dialect. If you enter the program at the third-year proficiency, you must take either 6 units of that language at the advanced level or 6 units of a second Middle Eastern language. Additionally you must demonstrate a reading ability in either German or French. This can be fulfilled by previous coursework or by passing a Reading for German or French course.


Only MENAS requires a thesis.  By the end of the second semester, you must assemble a thesis committee of three faculty members, one of who will serve as the thesis 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 Directors of Graduate Studies in each program must approve the committee. 


While completing MENAS requirements, you will not pay SGPP program fees. However, you will be required to take the SGPP core classes during one academic year and will be charged SGPP fees during this year.

Potential Shared Courses

Middle Eastern & North African Studies

An introduction to the economic history of the Islamic world from the seventh century to the present day.  Graduate-level requirements include additional readings, lead one class discussion by presenting an analysis of the readings, preparing a written outline and discussion questions, and to use primary historical sources in their papers.

Traces the birth and growth of the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1948 with particular attention to the internal impediments to conflict resolution on both the Arab and Israeli sides. Also surveys the role of the Great Powers in Middle East politics generally. Graduate-level requirements include an additional research paper.

The modern Middle East in the age of imperialism, world wars, state formation, decolonization, and Islamic resistance.  Graduate-level requirements include additional readings on selected topics and an extensive research paper.

Origins of Zionism, and Palestinian and other Arab nationalisms from the nineteenth century and the post-1948 Arab-Israel state conflict in the Cold War era.  Graduate-level requirements include additional readings and an extensive research paper.

Seminar course tracing Islamic revival movements throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.  Course analyzes the different types of movements, their philosophical development and respective relations with governments.

The course will look at the 20th century economic and political history of Iraq, looking particularly at the destruction and reconstruction of social, political and economic infrastructure.  Readings will provide the basic chronologic historical development, beginning with World War I and ending with the second Gulf War of 2003 and its aftermath.  In between, students will be exposed to the numerous attempts by both indigenous and outside leaders to vie for political and economic power through the construction or destruction of physical and societal infrastructure.

This seminar explores the rich legal, theological and political traditions of Shiism.  After a brief survey of Zaydi and Isma’ili Shiism, it focuses on Twelver (or Imami) Shi’ism.  Students will be introduced to a variety of classical and modern Twelver Shi’I scholars.

Theory and research methods seminar exploring political identity formation in the Arab Mid East 19th Century to present especially culture of secular nationalism in the first part of the 20th century and political Islam in the late 20th century. Students will prepare major research paper.

Public Administration

Description and analysis of the executive branch of government: how federal agencies capture policy-making; why bureaucracy develops; the rules of bureaucratic culture; who controls the administrative branch.  Graduate-level requirements include an additional research paper.

This course addresses how the formation of the state has been affected by war and will be increasingly affected by more modern security concerns such as terrorism.  Graduate-level requirements include reading three additional documents and critically reviewing them as instructed.

Broaden perspectives on globalizing business and international integration. Enhance analytical and communication skills in approaching and resolving international issues.

Overview of the role of intelligence in the formulation and execution of US national security policy. Will include a detailed look at challenges facing both the analysis of intelligence information and the introduction of that analysis into the national security policy process. Will also entail close reading and discussion of selected declassified intelligence documents.  Graduate-level requirements include Huerer, Richards J. 1999. Psychology of Intelligence Analysis, CSI. Selected articles and declassified intelligence documents: TBD.

Role of government in management of energy, natural resources and environment; process and policy alternatives; special attention to the Southwest.  Graduate-level requirements include additional readings and a substantial research paper of at least 25 pages in length.

This course is intended to familiarize students with the basic purposes and nature of US covert action and to help them understand its historical development.  More fundamentally, the course will seek to illustrate both covert actions' potential utility and its inherent limitations and challenges; challenges that in some respects have intensified with the rise of non-state actors, the information revolution, and other aspects of the post-Cold War environment. Finally, the course will draw implications for the role of covert action against current national security challenges, especially global terror networks.  Graduate-level requirements include a 15-page research paper examining a particular challenge facing covert action. In-class participation accounts for 15 percent of the grade.