Graduate Program

Professional Development Certificate


The Professional Development Certificates are carefully designed skills-oriented programs of study in crucial areas where sufficient religious leadership is lacking in American Muslim communities. If the desired certificate is not listed, please submit a request here.

  • Muslim Chaplaincy CertificateTrains chaplains and imams to provide counseling, pastoral care, leadership, and guidance to diverse Muslim and non-Muslim communities based on Quranic and Prophetic methods.
  • Family Counseling CertificateThe certificate is designed to train a variety of practitioners who will serve in diverse counseling roles to support Muslim couples, families, and youth. Participants will develop spiritual and social counseling skills to address inter-personal and family dynamics, with an awareness of how these are affected by both internal factors, such as individual psychology and spirituality, and external factors such as racism, unemployment, and relationships with extended family.
  • Educator’s Certificate Teaches educators to create spiritually-uplifting curricula and apply Islamic educational philosophies with an aim to solve common contemporary educational problems in the Muslim-American communities.
  • Youth Community Leader CertificateThis certificate is designed to train youth leaders in the knowledge, skill, and characteristics of an effective and inspiring Muslim community leader according to the prophetic example. Youth leaders will obtain essential training in core leadership, communication, and management techniques and methods, enabling them to serve as mentors to others.
  • Board of Director’s CertificateThis certificate is designed to provide board directors, leaders, and managers of Islamic communities and organizations with the necessary knowledge, skills, and characteristics of an effective and inspiring leader. Using the prophetic example, participants will be trained in core leadership, communication, and management techniques and methods, enabling them to serve as a guide and mentor to others.
  • Islamic Bioethics Certificate: Level 1Provides participants with the necessary knowledge to address current bioethical issues affecting Muslim patients and clinicians from an Islamic perspective. These include end of life care, brain death, clinical practice, and Muslim patient advocacy.
  • Islamic Bioethics Certificate: Level 2Prepares participants to demonstrate the detailed process by which a Muslim bioethicist makes an assessment of new therapeutic advances and technologies from an Islamic perspective. These include genetic manipulations, reproductive issues, and comparative bioethics.
  • Public Speaking CertificateThis certificate is designed to train public speakers in the art of public speaking, providing them with essential leadership skills such as delivering powerful and impactful speeches and sermons for both religious and non-religious occasions. Participants will learn how to tailor and adapt their communication for optimal impact and how to navigate communications with a variety of audiences.


Program Contact Info

Professional Development Certificate

60 Willow Street
Chelsea, MA 02150

Mon – Fri 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

Presented By MIRL Faculty


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.