Frequently Asked Questions

Application Program

When is the first day of the program?

The first day of the program is September 06, 2022. The Seminary academic calendar, which includes course registration dates, holidays, and other administrative dates, can be found here.

What accreditation/approval does BIS have to this program?

Alhamdulillah, on December 15, 2020, BIS received unanimous approval from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (MDHE) granting BIS the authority to award the Master of Islamic Religious Leadership (MIRL) graduate degree.

Can credits by transferred to other institutions?

Yes, credits from BIS can be transferred to other institutions. 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.

Is the class list on the website set in stone?

There may be minor changes to the order of the courses and some class options may be added to the program, but the core courses will remain the same.

Are there pre-requisites of the program?

Yes, there are some prerequisites, which can be found in detail on our website.

Applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. They are expected to be able to read and write in Arabic at an intermediate level.

Shortlisted MIRL candidates will be invited to Boston for an in-person interview and placement test to assess their abilities in the following areas: Qur’anic recitation and memorization, Sciences of the Qur’an and Hadith, the fundamentals of Fiqh, Aqida and Tazkiyya, and familiarity with basic Islamic concepts, both linguistically and theoretically.

Some students may be admitted without qualifying written, oral and Arabic evaluations upon the Admission Committee’s discretion.

Students who are admitted to the program but do not pass the placement test will be required to complete the Islamic Foundations Certificate program at BIS. You can learn more about admissions criteria on our website.

All students are also expected to be fluent or native English speakers, as the program is taught in English. Non-native speakers who did not complete their bachelor’s degree at an English-language college or university will be required to submit TOEFL scores as part of their application.

Academic Program

Who will be teaching it?

BIS boasts a diverse list of acclaimed world class educators from throughout the US. A list of our affiliated faculty profiles can be found here.

What subjects will I learn?

The subjects taught will be in three broad categories:

1- Islamic Sacred Sciences and Spirituality

  1. Qur’an & Hadith (2 courses)
  2. Hadith & Sira (2 courses)
  3. Social & Intellectual History (2 courses)
  4. Aqida (2 courses)
  5. Fiqh (5 courses)
  6. Tazkiyya & Ethics (3 courses)

2- Contemporary Context

  1. Intellectual Foundations of the Modern World
  2. Islam in America
  3. Religion in Contemporary America
  4. Religious & Social Movements in American History
  5. Contemporary Muslim Challenges

3- Practical Skills

  1. Leadership (2 courses)
  2. Communication (4 courses)
  3. Counseling (3 courses)
  4. Internships (2 Summers)

What books and resources are you using?

All books and materials are identified and chosen by the faculty according to the main objectives and nature of each topic.

How much Arabic do I need?

Applicants are expected to be able to read and write in Arabic at a beginner’s level at minimum, to be assessed by a written evaluation and oral interview as part of the application process.

How is the program different from men vs women?

The program is open for everyone who meets the requirements and has the passion to be an exemplary religious leader to serve the Muslim American community.

Do I get a certificate if I only do one year?

The Master’s program does not feature any certificates. BIS has a separate part-time Certificate Programs, which can be found here.

Can the MIRL program be completed on a part-time basis?

Yes, students have the option to complete the program part-time. They can elect to take courses in the mornings or evenings. However, the program will take longer than three years to complete.

   Full-Time  Part-Time
 Day Classes X (can choose)
 Evening Classes X (can choose)
 Scholarships/Financial Aid X X
 Internship Program X X
 Extracurriculars X X
 Total time to graduation 3 years Up to 6 years

Where will classes by taught?

The program will be fully virtual/remote for the next MIRL cohort (class starting in Fall 2022).

Can the program be completed remotely online?

Yes, the program is currently offered completely online, with some mandatory in-person retreats, trips, and programs for participants to attend.

Can I work full-time and complete the program online?

BIS’ MIRL program is very rigorous, with 200 min of class time per week for 4 credit classes and 150 min for 3 credit courses. It is highly discouraged to work full-time outside of the program.


How much does the MIRL program cost?

For the 2021-2022 Academic year, we expect the cost of attending Boston Islamic Seminary to be $20,750.00.

The breakdown of the costs are as follows:

  • Tuition: $16,000.00
  • Student services and activities fee $250.00
  • Health insurance $3,000.00
  • Books and materials $1,500.00

TOTAL $20,750.00

Do you offer scholarships?

Merit Scholarships are available and will be awarded to students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in their Islamic Studies, and who show a high potential to succeed in the program. The application will be made available on February 22, 2023.

Do you offer financial aid?

The Boston Islamic Seminary does not currently offer need-based scholarships, but but will accept any external scholarships that students provide. Here is a list of some great options.

Will I be eligible for Federal or other students loan to complete this program?

Boston Islamic Seminary does not participate in federal or state sponsored grant or loan programs; students who need tuition, room and board assistance for the MIRL program should apply external scholarships.

Program Contact Info

Masters of Islamic
Religious Leadership (MIRL)

60 Willow Street
Chelsea, MA 02150

(781) 584-0883

Mon – Fri 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.