Tuition & Aid

Fiscal year 2024 includes the Fall 2024, Spring 2025, and Summer 2024 semesters. All Master of Islamic Religious Leadership applicants who have applied for admission by the admissions deadline will receive an email message from the BIS Office of Financial Aid with instructions on how to apply. This single application is for both merit-based and need-based grants.

Tuition & Fees

For the 2024-2025 Academic year, the cost to attend the Master’s program (MIRL) as a full-time student is $22,000 per year.

The part-time student’s tuition depends on the classes enrolled; the cost per credit is $500. Please note the following:

Further details are contained in the official student handbook

  • The books and materials cost is an approximate, paid separately by the student per course item.
  • The actual tuition will depend on the total number of credit hours for the semester, which is usually between 14 and 16 credits (or between 17 and 19 credits for students who take the distinction courses).
  • The students can take as little as one course per semester. However, doing so may affect a student’s BIS Scholarship if he/she receives one.
  • The health insurance through BIS is available only to students who enroll full-time and reside in Massachusetts. The health insurance cost (and requirement) can be waived via the BIS Health Insurance waiver.

Billable (Direct) Costs:

$ 500 Per Credit
Tuition for Full-time Load
$ 17,500
Full-Time Student Credit (per semester)
- $ 500
Effective Full-Time Tuition (after credit)
$ 17,000 (est.)
Student Services and Activities Fee
$ 500
Health Insurance*
$ 3,000

Non-Billable (Indirect) Costs:

Books and Materials
$ 1,500
Total Tuition & Fees
$ 22,000
Boston Islamic Seminary is committed to delivering the best educational experience to its students. The Seminary views its financial aid and scholarship program as an investment in students and their futures, and thus will make an effort to support all admitted students who demonstrate financial need. 


Boston Islamic Seminary offers several scholarships for students in the MIRL program based on demonstrated academic and leadership merit, as determined by the MIRL scholarship committee.
BIS does not participate in federal or state-sponsored grant or loan programs.

Merit-based Financial Assistance: Scholarships are merit awards for outstanding academic achievement, although some scholarships can be awarded for special talents or leadership potential. Students awarded a Merit Scholarship must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or above to maintain the scholarship. This academic scholarship is only to be applied to tuition.

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.