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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 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.

Arabic Proficiency

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.

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
  • Advanced Hadith Sciences and Hadith Commentary
  • Advanced Aqidah
  • Fiqh al-Ibadat
  • Fiqh al-Mu’amalat: Marriage, Divorce, Inheritance, Economic Transactions
  • Advanced Akhlaq and Spirituality
  • Comparative Religion and Interfaith Involvement
  • 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
  • Evolution of Islamic Law and Usul al-Fiqh

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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Evolution of Islamic Law and Usul al-Fiqh
  • Advanced Arabic (3rd Year Arabic) I and II
  • Contemporary Issues in Fiqh (Prerequisite: Usul al-Fiqh)
  • Family Counseling
  • Non-Profit and Masjid/Islamic Center Management
  • Planning Effective Youth Work
  • Islamic Economics
  • Islam and Gender in the Contemporary Context
  • Finance and Resource Management