Graduate Certificate

Islamic Foundations Certificate


The Islamic Foundations Certificate covers a range of courses over 12 weeks during the a semester.  It provides solid grounding for all students of all backgrounds to gain a firm foundation for further study. This certificate emphasizes personal reflection, spirituality and practicality which are at the heart of the Islamic learning. The courses are fully virtual (remote) allowing a greater access.


  • All students who have not formally studied the personally obligatory knowledge of belief, practice, and spirituality.
  • Students applying to the three-year Masters in Islamic Leadership program.
  • Students who enrolled in the Islamic Foundation Courses (Level 1) as a way to continue furthering their knowledge.
  • Recommended for: parents, teachers, imams, chaplains, or anyone responsible for teaching fundamental Islamic knowledge to others.


  • There are no prerequisites, however, any student who has enrolled into a total of 5 courses from either Level 1 and/or 2 will be awarded the Islamic Foundations Certificate.



Program Contact Info

Islamic Foundations Courses

60 Willow Street
Chelsea, MA 02150

Mon – Fri 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

About the Seminary

According to a NPR survey, there are more than 2,100 mosques in the United States but they have a challenge – there aren’t enough imams or spiritual leaders, especially those who realize the challenges of a Muslim American today, to go around. BIS was established to address the gap in qualified American Muslim religious leaders. BIS is also the first Islamic Seminary in the U.S. to receive the authority to award the Masters of Islamic Religious Leadersrhip (MIRL) degree.