Columbia    Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures

For updated information on our programs,
please visit the MESAAS Website.


We offer a variety of programs of study for undergraduate and graduate students. A description of each program can be found by following the links below.

Undergraduate Progams

  • MEALAC major and concentration
  • Undergraduate Program FAQS
  • Further Information: Columbia College
                                School of General Studies
  • Graduate Programs

    MEALAC offers two programs of graduate study, the MA/PhD program and the free-standing MA program.


    MA/PhD Program Students admitted to the MA/PhD program complete the requirements for the MA and the MPhil degrees, usually within three years, before proceeding to research and write the PhD dissertation. Applicants who have completed graduate coursework or earned a Master's Degree elsewhere may apply for Advanced Standing after they enter the program.

    All students admitted to the MA/PhD program are awarded five years of financial support, including full-tuition fellowships and stipends.

    Free-Standing MA Program: Students admitted to the free-standing MA program usually complete the degree in one to two years. The department also considers applications for part-time study in this program.

  • The MEALAC MA/PhD and MA programs
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: Information for Prospective Students
  • Information on Fellowships and Financial Aid
  • For information on housing and other FAQs about graduate student life,
      see the Current Students section of the GSAS website
  • Apply Online