By definition, a seminary is an institution of higher learning that educates and trains religious leaders of a particular faith tradition. TISA is a seminary in the sense that it is based in the Islamic faith and it serves the American Muslim community by preparing Muslim leaders, including imams, chaplains, scholars, youth directors, Muslim relief workers, etc.
TISA will offer its first courses in August, 2019. We are now accepting applications!
TISA has a Board, which is composed of a diverse group of American Muslim leaders—all committed to the vision of establishing the preeminent Islamic Seminary in America. TISA does not function under any organization whether in America or overseas. TISA is completely independent. The Board of TISA operates under the legal name of the Islamic Seminary Foundation, which was founded in 2011 for the sole purpose of establishing an Islamic seminary. The President of TISA is Dr. Ihsan Bagby.
TISA raises money from the American Muslim community. Of course, it will also earn income from tuition but the reality is that no seminary can function on the basis of tuition alone. Seminaries are supported to a great extent by people of their own faith tradition who recognize the great value of an institution educating and preparing leaders of their faith.
TISA is located in Dallas, TX. After considering many different locations, Dallas was carefully chosen because it has a large, prosperous, growing Muslim community; it is a major transportation hub due to American Airlines; and it is the home of Southern Methodist University (SMU) which has agreed to work with TISA.
You will not have to move to Dallas. Most TISA courses will be in the foreseeable future either intensive courses, which meet over one week or several weekends; or they will be hybrid courses which means that the course will begin and end with an intensive weekend and the rest of the classes will be online. After one or two years, we hope to offer a residential program for students to live in Dallas and take courses on a full-time basis.
Regular Student- Taking courses for credit:
$1,500 for a 3 hour course
($500 a credit hour)
Auditor- Not taking courses for credit:
$750 for a 3 hour course
($250 a credit hour)
Attendee- Taking courses just to listen:
$150 for a 3 hour course
($50 a credit hour)
TISA has a policy to never turn down a student for financial reasons. If you feel you need financial aid please answer the question at the end of the application indicating that you desire financial aid.
A separate financial aid application will be sent to you. Expect a response to a completed financial aid application within 3 weeks.
Master of Arts—Islamic Studies:
Concentration: Islamic Sciences
Concentration: Islamic Leadership
Master of Divinity (M.Div.):
Concentration: Islamic Chaplaincy
Concentration: Religious Leadership
Master of Arts—Nonprofit Management
Collaborative SMU Master of Graduate Liberal Studies with TISA’s Master of Arts in Islamic Studies or Nonprofit Management
Graduate certificates include: Nonprofit Management, Islamic Studies, and Counseling/Mental Health
Students can apply for non-traditional student status which does not require any qualifications or students can apply for a degree-seeking status which requires a BA.
Unlike most other Islamic seminaries, TISA has been developed, governed, and managed by a group of people who: