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Master of Arts
In Islamic Studies

Graduates of TISA’s MA in Islamic Studies should be conversant with the major classical and modern texts in the main areas of Islamic scholarship, accessing the texts in their original language; able to conduct and produce research in fiqh and other essential areas with an understanding of its relationship to the American context.

Careers: the MA in Islamic Studies provides the background for a student to serve as a teacher in Islamic schools, public schools or junior colleges; graduates can serve in some cases as a chaplain in county or state prisons. The MA in Islamic Studies is also a stepping stone for those who wish to become an imam, scholar-in-resident or chaplain, which requires a Master of Divinity.

Course requirements

48 credit hours—16 courses.

There are two concentrations: Islamic Sciences and Islamic Leadership

Required Core Courses for both Islamic Sciences and Islamic Leadership

(10 courses—30 hours)
  • Advanced Qur’anic Sciences and Tafsir (reading knowledge of Arabic required)
  • Advanced Hadith Sciences and Hadith Commentary (reading knowledge of Arabic required)
  • Advanced Aqidah (reading knowledge of Arabic required)
  • Fiqh al-Ibadat
  • Fiqh al-Mu’amalat: Marriage, Divorce, Inheritance, Economic Transactions (reading knowledge of Arabic required)
  • Advanced Akhlaq and Spirituality (reading knowledge of Arabic required)
  • Comparative Religion and Interfaith Involvemen
  • Contemporary Issues in the Muslim Ummah
  • Islam in America
  • History of Islamic Civilization and Muslim Cultures

Concentration: Islamic Sciences

(2 required course and 4 electives)

This concentration is for students who are more interested in pursuing a career in scholarship.

Required courses (2 courses—6 hours)

  • Advanced Sirah (reading knowledge of Arabic required)
  • Evolution of Islamic Law and Usul al-Fiqh (reading knowledge of Arabic required)

Electives (4 courses—12 hours)

  • Advanced Qur’an Memorization and Tajwid (students must memorize 3 ajza’ with tajwid)
  • Advanced Arabic (3rd Year Arabic) I and II
  • Contemporary Issues in Fiqh (Prerequisite: Usul al-Fiqh) (reading knowledge of Arabic required)
  • Foundations of Effective Organizational Leadership
  • Counseling and Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Imam and Chaplain Functions
  • Family Counseling
  • Non-Profit and Masjid/Islamic Center Management
  • Planning Effective Youth Work
  • Islamic Economics
  • Islam and Gender in the Contemporary Context (reading knowledge of Arabic required)
  • Finance and Resource Management

Concentration: Islamic Leadership

(4 required courses and 2 electives)

This concentration is for those students who desire to pursue a career as imam or chaplain.

Required Courses

(4 courses—12 hours)
  • Advanced Qur’an Memorization and Tajwid (students must memorize 3 ajza’ with tajwid)
  • Imam and Chaplain Functions
  • Foundations of Effective Organizational Leadership
  • Counseling and Cross-Cultural Communication

Electives

(Choose 2 courses from the following list—6 hours)
  • Advanced Sirah (reading knowledge of Arabic required)
  • Evolution of Islamic Law and Usul al-Fiqh (reading knowledge of Arabic required)
  • Advanced Arabic (3rd Year Arabic) I and II
  • Contemporary Issues in Fiqh (Prerequisite: Usul al-Fiqh) (reading knowledge of Arabic required)
  • Family Counseling
  • Non-Profit and Masjid/Islamic Center Management
  • Planning Effective Youth Work
  • Islamic Economics
  • Islam and Gender in the Contemporary Context (reading knowledge of Arabic required)
  • Finance and Resource Management