Since its establishment in 1991, Petra University has paid special attention to the Arabic language due to the vital role it plays in the preservation of national identity and culture, and the national and regional demand for Arabic experts, especially in fields like Teaching, Journalism and Communication, Copywriting, Editing and Proofreading.
Throughout the past twenty years, hundreds of students have graduated from Petra University carrying within them a sense of pride in their national language and an awareness of its importance, making them qualified to assume any position where an in-depth knowledge of the Arabic language or its literature is required.
In response to the aspirations of many students and scholars hoping to develop and further explore their interests in the various aspects of the Arabic Language through higher education, Petra University is proud to announce the inauguration of its MA program in Arabic Language and Literature as of the first semester of the academic year 2011/2012.
The MA program in Arabic Language and Literature at Petra University surpasses in its quality other MA programs offered by some of the most prominent universities around the world. This can be seen in the nature of its research-oriented plan, the content of required coursework and its recruitment of the best faculty members in the region, who enjoy in-depth expertise in university education and academic research. This is in addition to Petra University's library, which is capable of meeting the demands of its students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, with its extensive and varied amount of resources in Arabic and other languages.
The MA program in Arabic Language and Literature at Petra University aims to provide students with an advanced level of knowledge in their field of study and has been designed to facilitate the highest degree of in-depth research.
At the same time, the program is flexible enough to provide students with the opportunity to focus on fields of the Arabic that complement their research interests, be they in the linguistic aspects of the Arabic language or in its vast literary and critical domains.
Scientific research is of great importance in this program and is an integral part of knowledge acquisition in all course requirements. Hence, courses on the various methods of research writing are offered to students in order to enrich their theoretical and practical skills for writing academic papers.
The program's academic plan was designed to include two tracks:
A dissertation track which requires the completion of 33 credit hours, 24 of which go towards the completion of required and elective coursework, and 9 hours of which are for the completion of a dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member from the Arabic Department.
A comprehensive examination track which requires the completion of 33 credit hours, 30 of which go towards the completion of required and elective coursework, and 3 hours which are for an academic research paper submitted by the student.
Qualified applicants must hold a BA degree in Arabic Language and Literature from an accredited university.
In order to facilitate attendance for both full time and part time students, classes will be held mainly during Saturday mornings in addition to the evenings of all other weekdays.
A minimum GPA rating of "Good" at the BA level is required for the program.
Applicants with a GPA rating of "Satisfactory" at the BA level may be accepted into the program on the condition that they take, during the first semester of their enrollment, three MA courses, determined by the Department of Arabic Language and Literature, and pass each of these courses with a minimum grade of 70% and a minimum GPA of 76%. Upon completion of these requirements, a student will be considered officially enrolled in the program and all three courses will be credited towards the course requirements that are specified in the program's plan.
Prior to application, students should have passed the (ITP) TOEFL exam with a minimum score of 400, or the (IBT) TOEFL exam with a minimum score of 32.
Non-Jordanian applicants who have not yet taken the TOEFL exam may be accepted into the program on the condition that, during their first year of study, they pass two English courses offered by the English Department at Petra University and also sit for and pass the TOEFL exam with the minimum scores mentioned above.