Eligibility & Transfer Admission

Eligibility Requirements

Please note that since the applications are read holistically, the admission may be granted to applicants lacking in certain discrete criteria if other indicators suggest probable success in the program. If this applies or for future inquiries, please reach out to

Prior Education

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Arabic Proficiency

The ability to read and write in Arabic at an intermediate level. 


Qur'anic Memorization

The ability to recite at least one thirtieth (juzʾ) of the Qurʾān from memory.



Must be a resident of any of the following country: United States, Canada, or United Kingdom.


Foundational Islamic Knowledge

To have basic competencies, both linguistically and theoretically, in the core Islamic sciences which include Qur’an, Prophetic Traditions (Hadith), Prophetic Biography (Sira), Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh), and Islamic Spirituality (Tazkiyya). 

Per the law of State of Massachusetts, a student under the age of 30 planning to pursue studies on a full-time in-person basis, must show proof of vaccination against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella. A student studying entirely online are exempt, and need-not to show proof.

Transfer Admission

All applicants who are currently (or who have previously) attended a graduate program and who have earned at least 3 credit hours with a minimum grade of B are considered transfer applicants and may apply for transfer admission to BIS.

Transfer applicants may apply for Fall admission and are required to submit the following by the admission deadline:

  • Complete MIRL admission application through the online portal.
  • The official and certified university transcript(s) of highest degree earned.
  • The official transcripts for any additional coursework completed after the highest earned degree.

Transfer of Credit

A maximum of 12 credit hours with a minimum grade of ‘B’ may be considered for  transfer credit evaluation.  Transfer applicants must submit an official transcript, as well as a catalog course description or  course syllabus for all courses for which transfer credit is being sought. Grades earned in  courses accepted for transfer will not be calculated as part of the GPA at the seminary.  However, the credits earned will count toward the total number of credits required for graduation.


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.