Admissions 2023-24

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Application Process


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must show promise of their ability to pursue advanced study and research in Islamic Studies and Leadership by meeting the admissions criteria. Please click here to access the eligibility criteria.



Applications should be submitted through the online application portal. The applicant should follow the application’s form instructions to complete the application. The application fee is $50.


Materials & Documents

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all application materials online, as per the instructions. However, in circumstances where that is not feasible, printed documents will be accepted*. 


Candidate Interview

Applicants may be contacted by the Admissions Committee for a remote interview during the initial phase of review.  


Retreat & Evaluation

Short-listed candidates will be invited to spend a long weekend at the seminary for a full round of personal interviews, placement tests, and other activities and evaluations (core competencies). 



Upon an holistic review of all the submitted materials, interview and evaluations, the MIRL Office of Admission will inform the applicant of their decision by the decision deadline. Please see the dates below.

Apply to MIRL Program

The MIRL program aims to attract candidates that possess the moral character, religious integrity, academic ability and personal qualities necessary to both serve and lead the Muslim community in America. 

The Admissions Committee reads applications holistically to identify applicants who have the ability, interest and maturity to manage the rigors of the program, as well as the potential for future scholarly and professional growth and effective service. Please note:

  • Meeting minimum criteria does not guarantee admission.
  • Admission may be granted to applicants lacking in certain discrete criteria if other indicators suggest probable success in the program.
  • In cases as above, students may be granted conditional admission or be required to take BIS Islamic Foundations certificate courses.

Application Deadlines

Process  Deadline  Decision
 Early Decision  November 15, 2022  December 15, 2022
 Regular Decision  February 15, 2023  May 1st, 2023
 Rolling Admission  August 15th, 2023 August 25th, 2023

Submitting Application Materials

All electronic transcripts and other application materials can be emailed to For more instruction, please click here.

In circumstances where online submission is not feasible, printed documents can be send via US Mail (must be postmarked before due date) to:

   Boston Islamic Seminary
   ATTN: MIRL Admissions
   60 Willow Street, Chelsea, MA 02150


The program imparts knowledge and skills in all subjects with an eye to practical applicability and on-the-ground implementation.

Travel Seminars

Travel seminars will help students establish relationships and networks with others that will support their work as leaders in the future.


MIRL graduates will be well-positioned to bring an Islamic framework to all sorts of career paths and disciplines.


MIRL students participate in extracurricular activities designed to support their personal, professional, and spiritual development.