The Islamic Religious Leadership curriculum will emphasize a spirit of service and will equip students with Islamic knowledge and contemporary skills to prepare them for successful careers in a variety of religious leadership roles in the United States, including as Imams, chaplains, counselors and other types of community leaders.

Students will develop a deep understanding of the Qur’an, hadith, fiqh, sira, ‘aqida, and spiritual purification (tazkiya), in addition to courses on the intellectual, social, and political foundations of the modern world, and of the contemporary United States in particular. Students will also be trained in skills related to contemporary pastoral care, and the art and skill of Islamic teaching and spiritual guidance, family and youth counseling, and effective outreach and da‘wa.

Students with adequate background in the basic Islamic sciences may place out of the Foundations Courses upon passing a written and oral exam.

Tentative Admissions Requirements for the program are as follows:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Four letters of recommendation (two from an accredited academic program and two from a mosque, Islamic center, or other such organization in the U.S.). Additional references may be requested as
  • Personal statement addressing the candidate’s reasons for pursuit of the Islamic Religious Leadership degree, intended future goals, etc. (approx. 1000 words)
  • Interview with the admissions committee (Applicants may be contacted for a remote interview during the initial phase of review. Short-listed candidates for admission 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.)
  • Memorization of at least one juzʾ of the Qur’an (to be assessed during campus visit)
  • Written and oral evaluation for students aiming to place out of the Foundations Course
  • Upper-intermediate level in Classical Arabic, to be assessed by a written evaluation and oral interview
  • Excellent spoken and written English

More information will be available soon as we finalize our curriculum and our admissions requirements.


** PLEASE NOTE ** The Boston Islamic Seminary is not yet certified as a degree-granting program.