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 may 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.

Admission Policy 2023-24

Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with the MIRL Admission Policy: click here.

Application Deadlines

Dates  Process
August 30, 2022 Admissions Open
February 10, 2023 Review Period
February 15, 2023 Priority Consideration Deadline
March 15, 2023 Review Period
April 30, 2023 Rolling Admissions
June 15, 2023 Scholarship Consideration Deadline
July 30, 2023 Admissions Close

Submitting Application Materials

All electronic transcripts and other application materials can be emailed to

In circumstances where online submission is not feasible, printed documents can be sent to: 60 Willow Street, Chelsea, MA 02150 [ATTN: MIRL Admissions]


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.