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.
The Master’s degree 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 Master’s degree 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.
While TISA does not require a certain level of Arabic proficiency upon entry, it is preferable that entering students attain at least a passing grade on the level 1 assessment of our Quranic Arabic language partner, Fawakih Institute. The assessment can be found here.
Before graduating with a TISA MA, students are required to attain a passing grade for Fawakih Institute’s assessment at Level 2. Before graduation with a TISA MDiv, students are required to attain a passing grade on Fawakih’s assessment at Level 4. The assessment can be found here.
There are two concentrations: Islamic Sciences and Islamic Leadership
This concentration is for students who are more interested in pursuing a career in scholarship.
This concentration is for those students who desire to pursue a career as imam or chaplain.