Political Science with specializations in Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Development Studies: MA

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The graduate program in Political Science Department offers advanced study in the discipline of Political Science, with particular emphasis and specializations in three areas; Comparative Politics; International Relations, and; Development Studies. 

The Political Science Department values its location in the heart of the Middle East and seeks, through its faculty, courses and activities, to link the discipline of political science to the thriving and complex political realities of Cairo, Egypt and the region. Its graduate programs offer students a thorough grounding in the theoretical underpinnings of the political phenomena as well as a deep understanding of political realities in Egypt, the Arab World and the international arena. The programs combine courses aimed at familiarizing students with the knowledge necessary for developing their understanding of these political realities with research seminars that are required for familiarizing students with research methods that they will need to independently analyze complex political phenomena.

The graduate programs are intended for students who would like to pursue academic careers as well as those presently working, or desiring to work, in international political bodies, government departments concerned with political issues, or in other public, private and international sectors where there is increasingly a need for persons who have a scientific understanding of the political realities of the Middle East and the World.



  • The Department of Political Science is the premier political science department in Egypt and the Middle East. We offer prospective graduate students in Political Science:

    • Excellent and caring faculty who will excite and challenge you to achieve your fullest potential.

    • Small seminar-type course in which every student will have ample opportunity to participate in discussion and debate. 

    • Courses that will equip you with important practical and research skills useful in your chosen career paths.

    Alumni of the program have successful careers in diplomacy, journalism, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private and public sectors.

  • The Political Science Department offers a Master of Arts degree with specializations in International Relations, Comparative Politics, Development Studies, and Comparative Middle East Politics and Society. The last specialization is offered jointly with the University of Tubingen, in Germany, where students spend a semester. The Department also offers a Graduate Diploma in Political Science. 

    The MA degree requires 24 credit hours followed by a supervised thesis. The MA can be earned in two academic years of full-time study.

    The Graduate Diploma requires 18 credit hours and can be completed in one academic year. 

    Part-time studies will take longer to graduate. The maximum time for completing the program is five years.

  • Admission to the Graduate Program is competitive and requires: 

    • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and above (an overall grade of Gayyid Giddan for graduates from Egyptian universities)

    • An acceptable bachelor’s degree in political science or in a closely related social science (preferably with a minor in political science)

    • A TOEFL score of at least 90 or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.  

    • References from instructor and/or employer speaking to motivation and maturity


    Applicants with deficiencies in their preparation may be required to take appropriate courses at the undergraduate level.

    Admission is also subject to the general University requirements for a graduate program

  • As per the academic year 2019 – 2020: 

    • Egyptian students enrolled in all majors: the flat rate is $522 per credit hour.

    • International students: the flat rate is $735 per credit hour.

    • When a degree-seeking student is unable to pay the entire tuition amount at the time of registration, the student may apply for a deferred payment plan of two or three installments.

    Most students can expect to be awarded some financial assistance to cover part of their tuition. Students enrolled in the Comparative Middle East Politics and Society specialization receive generous tuition subsidy and monthly stipends from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

    Students can apply for financial aid and fellowships.

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