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Master of Divinity

Master of Divinity Degree (M.Div.) Concentrations:

Religious Leadership and Islamic Chaplaincy

Description: The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is for those students who want to pursue a career as an imam, scholar-in-resident or chaplain. The concentration in Religious Leadership is intended for those who are interested in a career as an imam or scholar. The concentration in Islamic Chaplaincy is intended for those who desire a career as a chaplain.

Arabic Proficiency: TISA does not require a certain level of Arabic proficiency upon entry. However, 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. TISA MA students are required to attain a passing grade on Fawakih Institute’s assessment at Level 2. TISA MDiv students are required to attain a passing grade on Fawakih’s assessment at Level 4. (The assessment can be found at www.fawakih.org/placement.)

Course Requirements

72 credit hours

Electives for Religious Leadership

(3 courses—9 hours)
  • Advanced Sirah
  • Advanced Arabic (3rd Year Arabic) I and II
  • Contemporary Issues in Fiqh (Prerequisite: Usul al-Fiqh)
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • The American Mosque and Issues of Management
  • Finance and Resource Management
  • Effective Youth Work
  • Islamic Economics
  • Islam and Gender in the Contemporary Context

Required Courses from the MA-Islamic Studies degree

(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

Electives for Islamic Chaplaincy

(2 courses—6 hours)
  • Advanced Sirah
  • Advanced Arabic (3rd Year Arabic) I and II
  • Contemporary Issues in Fiqh (Prerequisite: Usul al-Fiqh)
  • The American Mosque and Issues of Management
  • Effective Youth Work
  • Islamic Economics
  • Islam and Gender in the Contemporary Context

Required Courses for the Religious Leadership Concentration

(4 courses—18 hours)
  • Evolution of Islamic Law and Usul al-Fiqh
  • Advanced Usul al-Fiqh
  • Practicum for Religious Leadership (6 hours)

Required Core Courses for the MDiv

(6 courses—18 hours)
  • Advanced Qur’an Memorization and Tajwid (students must memorize at least three ajza’ with tajwid)
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Imam and Chaplain Functions
  • Counseling and Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Foundations of Effective Organizational Leadership
  • Public Speaking and Homiletics

Required Courses for the Islamic Chaplaincy Concentration

(4 courses—18 hours)
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Comparative Religion and Interfaith Dialogue
  • Practicum for Islamic Chaplaincy (6 hours)