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    I am an American hoping to study for my master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS. SOAS is really well-known, especially among Middle Eastern studies students, so I am a bit worried I am not up to par.

    I got my bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern Studies in 2013. I graduated from state univeristy with a 3.48 overall gpa (just short of the 3.5 SOAS recommends) but my major gpa is a lot higher. I also presented two papers on the Middle East at a religious studies symposium at my university. I don't have much work experience related to my field but I've been living in the Middle East and managing an educational NGO since graduation. I speak pretty decent Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptican Arabic. After getting my master's degree, I am hoping to work for a development NGO in the Middle East.

    I'd appreciate any sort of feed back on my chances of getting into SOAS. Thanks!

    Short Answer: Yes you stand a chance, you should apply.

    Long Answer: being only .2 GPA points below required is fine, provided the competition for a place on your course doesn't average ridiculously high grades (say a First/3.7 GPA). Added to the fact that it sounds like you have a clear and continued interest in the region as well as selling your paper presentations well in any personal statement plus good references, suggests you'll be fine.

    Only thing I'll say is I think your a bit late for the 2015 intake seeing as it's a rolling intake, but you have to June 30 and there isn't an application fee, so go for it, whats the worst that can happen!
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