M.A. in Arabic Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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M.A. in Arabic is a 2-year postgraduate course in Arabic language and literature, the minimum eligibility for pursuance of which is the successful completion of graduation in any discipline, and from a recognized institute of higher education.

Successful postgraduates of the course are popularly hired as Elementary or Secondary School Teachers, depending on skills, requirements, and talent.

The average course fee charge in India ranges between INR 5,000 – 15,000 for the total duration.

Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance at the 10+2 level, or in a relevant entrance test, often followed by a round of Personal Interview.

Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as:

  • Teacher/ Lecturer/ Professor
  • Associate Professor - Special Arabic
  • Journalist/ Editor
  • Poet/ Story or Novel Writer
  • Article Writer
  • Arabic Coordinator
  • Content Writer Arabic
  • Translator/ Content Writers etc.

Popular hiring industries include:

  • Teaching
  • Literature
  • Translation and other language services
  • Tourism
  • Print Media
  • Advertising Companies or agencies
  • TV Channels.

The average annual salary offered to successful graduates of the course ranges between INR 2 and 6 lacs per annum.

M.A. in Arabic: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course Level Post- graduate
Duration 2 years
Examination Type Semester System
Eligibility Graduation in any discipline
Admission Process Merit-based/ based on performance in entrance exam
Course Fee INR 40,000 to 1 Lakh for 2 years
Average Starting Salary INR 2 to 6 lacs per annum
Top Recruiting Companies Teaching, Literature, Translation and other language services, Tourism, Print Media, Advertising Companies or agencies, TV Channels, etc.
Job Positions Teacher/Lecturer/Professor, Associate Professor - Special Arabic, Journalist/Editor, Poet/Story or Novel Writer/Article Writer, Arabic Coordinator, Content Writer Arabic, Translator/ Content Writers, among others.

M.A. in Arabic: What is it About?

Arabic, as an academic discipline, acquires relevance, since it is:

  • a dynamic international language of the world.
  • spoken natively by more than 300 million Arabs living in 22 States.
  • used by the UNO officially in their organizations as one of the most widespread languages of the world.
  • a religious language for more than 1 billion Muslims of various languages and origins in countries across the globe.

Successful postgraduates of the course interested in pursuing higher studies in the discipline may go for pursuing Ph. D. in Arabic language and literature.

Students enrolled to the course are offered advanced insight into the cultural and literary heritage of the Arab World through both classical and contemporary texts.

Top Institutes offering M.A. in Arabic

Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.

Name of Institute City  Average Fees
Barkatullah University - [Bu], Bhopal Bhopal INR 3,430 (course)
The New College, Chennai Chennai INR 3,000 (course)
University of Madras, Chennai Chennai INR 8,000 (course)
Jamal Mohamed College - [JMC], Thiruchirapalli Thiruchirapalli INR11,500 (course)
University of Madras, Institute of Distance Education, Chennai Chennai INR 9,000 (course)
Government College, Kasaragod Kasaragod INR 8,500 (course)
Ranchi University, Ranchi Ranchi INR 5,000 (course)
University of Lucknow, Lucknow Lucknow INR 1,20,000 (course)
Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University - [Rtmnu], Nagpur Nagpur INR 24,000 (course)
Maharaja's College, Ernakulam Ernakulam INR 6,000 (course)
Patna University - [PU], Patna Patna INR 5,500 (course)
Jawaharlal Nehru University - [JNU], New Delhi Delhi INR 1,000 (course)
Jamia Millia Islamia University-[JMI], New Delhi Delhi INR 15,000 (course)
University of Calcutta, Kolkata Kolkata INR 6,600 (course)
Osmania University - [OU], Hyderabad Hyderabad INR 7,800 (course)
University of Mumbai, Mumbai Mumbai INR 10,000 (course)
University of Calicut, Calicut Calicut INR 4,000 (course)
Banaras Hindu University - [BHU], Varanasi Varanasi INR 6,800 (course)

Eligibility for M.A. in Arabic

Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfil, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.

  • Graduation completed in any stream from a recognized institute.
  • A minimum aggregate score of 50% (45% for SC/ST/OBC candidates) at the level of graduation.
  • Proficiency in Arabic.

MA in Arabic: Admission Process

Most institutes offering the course admit students based on performance in a relevant entrance test, often followed by a round of personal interview, wherein their general aptitude for the course is tested. Admission process generally varies across colleges.

A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s performance at the level of graduation.

M.A. in Arabic: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.

Semester I Semester II
Classical Prose Modern Prose
Classical Poetry Modern Poetry
History of Arabic Literature (up to Omayyad Period including Andalusian Literature) – I History of Arabic Literature (Abbasid Period & Modern Period) -II
Translation & Communicative Skills – I Translation & Communicative Skills – II
Semester III Semester III
Literary Criticism & Rhetorics One of the Elective Courses to be chosen from the following:
Research Methodology, Paper Writing and Presentation Arab Civilization
Arabic Literature by Indians History of Islam (622 A.D. to 750 A.D.)
Translation & Communicative Skills – III Drama
Linguistics Novel
Use of Computer in Advanced Translation in Arabic Composition, Press Report Writing & Group discussion in Arabic

M.A. in Arabic: Career Prospects

Arabic literature has its own standing in the multi-lingual world.

There is a huge demand for teachers skilled in Arabic.

Such postgraduates are popularly hired as:

  • private tutors
  • consecutive interpreters
  • general interpreters
  • liaison interpreters.

Translators are often hired across fields such as:

  • Scientific
  • Literary
  • Technical
  • business.
  • Research
  • Publishing houses
  • Hotel industry
  • Travel and tourism, etc.

Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

M.A. in Arabic annual salary
Job Position Job Description Average Annual Pay Scale in INR
Teacher/Lecturer/Professor Teachers create lesson plans and teach those plans to the entire class, individually to students or in small groups, and track student progress. They create tests, create and reinforce classroom rules, work with school administration, and prepare students for standardized tests. 1,95,493
Associate Professor - Special Arabic Associate Professors teach both undergraduate and graduate classes, particularly in the area of literacy, serve on various university, college, and division committees, etc. Often, they serve on doctoral committees, grade comprehensive examinations, and perform other duties as assigned by the division chair and college dean. 3,67,000
Journalist/Editor The core purpose of a Journalist is to research, document, write, and present news in an honest, ethical, and unbiased way. 5,60,500
Poet/ Story or Novel Writer/ Article Writer Such writers, with superior language skills work either as freelancers, or with other reputed writers/ newspapers and magazines. As Script Writers, they write for television programs and serials. 4,55,286
Arabic Coordinator Arabic Coordinators are responsible for planning and implementing the Arabic curriculum. Also, they develop a program for school, Arabic activities, community services or other areas.  2,61,669
Content Writer Arabic Arabic Writers develop lesson plans, articles and textbooks for students of all ages, and prepare material for online informational sites, including e-books and pamphlets. They determine the information appropriate to the learners' knowledge base and convey that information in easy-to-understand language. 2,43,264
Translator/ Content Writers Numerous servicing companies recruit language experts for writing-based tasks like translating, content writing, etc. 2,65,000

Master of Arts [MA] (Arabic) Fee Structure in India

2.38 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES1.56 L  (Maximum Fee)
13.49 K (Average Fee)
7.87 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES66 K (Maximum Fee)
32.50 K (Average Fee)


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