Curriculum Overview

Over the course of a three-year program, students will cover 102 academic credit hours, which includes a six semester Core Curriculum program (four courses per semester) and two summer internships (six credits each) that provide students with hands-on experience to expand their problem-solving, communication and leadership skills.

A student may earn a master’s degree with distinction by taking six optional courses (one each semester, for a total of eighteen extra credit hours) in a variety of subjects, in addition to maintaining a higher GPA on all required and optional master’s degree coursework. The mark “With Distinction” will be posted on the student’s transcript and will also appear on the diploma.

The program includes the following courses:

Sacred Texts and Islamic Sciences Coursework

  • A Light Among the People: Living the Qur’an

  • Cultivating the Tree of Iman: Islamic Belief and Faith

  • Fiqh of Worship

  • In the Footsteps of the Beloved: Approaching the Prophetic Seerah

  • The Sunnah of the Messenger

  • Fiqh for Daily Life: Marriage, Finance, Justice and Law (qaḍāʾ)

  • Islamic History and Civilization

  • Advanced Applied Aqida (contemporary issues)

  • Uṣūl al-Fiqh & Maqāṣid al-Sharīʿa

  • Fatwa and Contemporary Fiqh Issues

  • Thematic Tafsir of the Qurʾan

  • Schools of Islamic Thought (historical & contemporary)

Contemporary Context Coursework

  • Muslim American Trends and Organizations

  • Intellectual Foundations of the Modern World

  • Modern and Postmodern Political, Legal & Moral Thought

  • The American Political and Legal System

  • Religions in Contemporary America

Spiritual Development Courses

  • Tazkiya and Islamic Ethics
  • Psychology in the Light of Revelation
  • Applied Ethics
  • Tazkiya and Spirituality (Advanced)

Skill Building Courses

  • Qualities and Duties of an American Muslim Religious Leader

  • Principles of Pastoral Care/ Pastoral Counseling Practicum

  • Marriage and Family Counseling (Case Studies)

  • Logic & Rhetoric

  • Public Speaking and Communication

  • Understanding and Engaging the Media

  • Interfaith Engagement

  • Leading Yourself and Others

  • Youth Counseling