The Center for Middle Eastern Studies offers an interdisciplinary master's degree in such areas as contemporary Middle Eastern studies, Middle Eastern history, Islamic studies, Islamic art and archaeology, and Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, or Turkish language or literature. The program is suitable for students who wish to use their knowledge of the Middle East in careers other than university teaching and research, as well as those considering an academic career who have not had the appropriate academic background for direct entrance into a doctoral program. The curriculum normally requires two years in residence; however, all or part of the language requirement may be met through the language placement examination, reducing the total course requirements. Students may be admitted to the program in either the Division of the Humanities or the Social Sciences and will receive the degree from the division through which they have registered. Students interested in a joint degree in Public Policy should apply to the Division of Social Sciences.