This collaborative degree program with SMU and TISA involves students enrolling in both SMU’s Master of Liberal Studies-Concentration: Islamic Studies and TISA’s Master of Arts in Islamic Studies. Students will fulfill all the requirements of SMU’s program, which equals 36 hours, but will also take 21 extra hours in TISA’s Master program to receive a degree from both institutions. What this means is that TISA will accept all the hours from SMU, but a student must take from TISA certain essential courses to complete a degree at TISA. The logic for taking both degrees is that SMU offers an accredited degree in general Islamic Studies, and TISA’s degree adds a more in-depth slate of Islamic courses that will better prepare a student for service to the Muslim community. Students will receive two separate degrees—one from SMU and one from TISA.
Students can take the SMU Master of Liberal Studies—Concentration: Islamic Studies without pursuing at the same time TISA’s Master of Arts in Islamic Studies.
Students must separately enroll in both SMU’s Master of Liberal Studies and TISA’s Master of Arts in Islamic Studies.
Here are possible courses that a student can take from SMU.
TISA will accept the 36 hours from SMU’s Master of Liberal Studies, and many of these SMU courses will substitute for required courses in TISA’s Master of Arts in Islamic Studies. In addition to these MLS courses, a student must take five core courses for TISA’s MA-Islamic Studies and then take two extra courses for either the Concentration: Islamic Sciences or the Concentration: Islamic Leadership.