Format: Online [Spring 23]

Foundational Courses

The Islamic Foundation Certificate courses are carefully designed to provide a solid grounding for students of all backgrounds to gain a firm foundation in Islamic Studies. They emphasize personal reflection, spirituality, and practicality, all of which are at the heart of Islamic learning. The courses offered in Spring 2023 are fully virtual (remote).

PREREQUISITES: There are no prerequisites.

CERTIFICATION: Any student who successfully completes all five courses that comprise a Graduate Certificate will be awarded the corresponding certificate. Any student who takes a total of five courses over different certificate programs may (at the discretion of the academic committee) be awarded one of the certificates.


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.