M.A. Program Requirements

The MA in Persian and Iranian Studies consists of 30 units of major coursework that include:

  • 15 units of core courses
  • 9 units of elective courses
  • 3 units of a research methods course
  • 3 units of thesis research

Intermediate proficiency in Persian is also required.

Core Courses

15 units total

Required for all M.A. students

Pre-modern Courses from list below (3 units):

Modern Courses from list below (3 units):

Additional Pre-modern and/or Modern Courses from lists above (6 units)

Elective Courses 

9 units total

Electives should be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.

An additional 3 units of PRS 910 — Thesis can be counted toward the required 9 units of elective courses.

Up to 6 units of Persian language at the graduate level can be counted toward the required 9 units of elective courses.

Research Methods Courses

3 units total

Thesis Research

3 units total

Language Proficiency

Intermediate proficiency in Persian is required. To meet this requirement, students must take PRS 402 — Intermediate Persian II or receive credit by exam. If the latter option is chosen, the exam must be administered by a Persian language instructor.