• The vision of Boston Islamic Seminary (BIS) was born.


  • Muslim American Society (MAS) Boston initiated the first core team to start the Seminary.


  • BIS registered as a corporation with the Massachusetts Secretary of State.
  • BIS’s board of directors was formed with only three board members.
  • Current logo was created.


  • Continuing education program was launched in Fall 2016.
  • BIS operated its offices out of 100 Malcom X Boulevard in Boston, MA.
  • BIS successfully hired its first Dean of Academic Affairs.
  • The first Academic Committee was formed to design and develop the curriculum of BIS’s full-time program.


  • BIS offered its first fellowship program – Iqra Fellowship Program for college and graduate students.
  • BIS launched its first certificate program in Islamic Intellectual History.
  • BIS offered its first hybrid online course in Spring 2017.
  • The completion of the development of the first BIS full-time program curriculum.
  • Annual Report 2017


  • BIS was registered as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit tax-exempt organization.
  • BIS submitted an application with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE), to secure degree-granting authority.
  • BIS launched its first Graduate Certificate Program in Islamic Foundations, a sequence of five courses offered by BIS faculty members, as a preparation for the full-time degree program.
  • Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Basyouny Nehela, was named as BIS’s first President.
  • Annual Report 2018


  • BIS hired its first Dean of Administration & Chief Operating Officer (COO).
  • Expanded board to include 6 members.
  • BIS moved its offices to Prospect Street, in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • BIS expanded its offerings to include a range of five unique offerings and programs.
  • BIS held its first graduation ceremony to recognize and award its students, faculty members and instructors.
  • BIS Yearly Overview


  • BIS launched its first virtual certificate in Islamic foundations.
  • BIS launched its first Facebook Live show Real Talk”  between students and faculty. 
  • BIS moved its office and campus to Al Huda Society in Chelsea, MA
  • BIS was approved by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to award the Master of Islamic Religious Leadership (MIRL), a full-time graduate program


  • The inaugural cohort of Master of Islamic Religious Leadership (MIRL) students commenced their studies in September.
  • BIS joined the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium (BTIC) as an Associate Member.
  • BIS joined the Association of Muslim Chaplains as an institutional member.