Earn a Certificate

Valuable as a form of Professional Development (PD), Continuing Education,
or as a way to explore our courses before officially beginning your Master's Degree studies.

Certificate students enroll in the same rigorous academic courses that are taken by graduate students at Bayan and its partner schools. Certificate students who earn a letter grade in the required courses can count the transfer the units into one of our degree program at a later date. These semester-long courses are offered in several formats: face-to-face weekly on-campus, hybrid intensive, and sometimes fully online.
Certificate students pay full tuition for these courses (see rates on the Tuition & Fees page).

Certificate in Islamic Studies and Leadership

12 units (4 courses) – Fall and Spring semesters

Course Requirements:

Core Course:

  • Islamic Leadership and Spirituality (or approved alternative)

Any three of the following Islamic Studies and Leadership-related courses:

  • The Qur’an: Composition, Collection and Teachings
  • The Life, Times, and Teachings of Prophet Muhammad
  • History of Islam
  • Islamic Law and Legal Theory
  • Islamic Theology and Philosophy
  • Islamic Ethics
  • Islamic and Mysticism
  • Preaching and Public Presentation of Islam
  • Sunni-Shia Relations and Intra-Faith Issues
  • Understanding Islam in the American Religious Landscape
  • Introduction to the Islamic Cultural Heritage
  • Global Islamic Movements and Ideologies
  • Counseling Muslims
  • Marriage, Family & Ethics of Gender among American Muslims
  • Community Organizing for Muslim Leaders

Certificate in Islamic Education

12 units (4 courses) – Summer session

Note: This certificate can be earned by taking courses scheduled during summer session. These courses are offered in the hybrid intensive format, and therefore face-to-face instruction occurs within a two-week timeframe in the summer. Of the required four courses, school administrators take two courses specifically designed for them, and similarly classroom teachers take two courses intended to address their particular needs and professional goals.

Course Requirements:

Certificate in Islamic Educational Leadership (Administrators):

  • Foundations of Islamic Education
  • Education Technology for Student-Centered Learning
  • School Leadership and Management
  • Cultivating the School Environment

Certificate in Islamic Curriculum and Instruction (Educators):

  • Foundations of Islamic Education
  • Education Technology for Student-Centered Learning
  • Natural Child Development and Holistic Education
  • Integrating the Curriculum

Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy

24 units (8 courses) – Summer & Winter sessions

Note: This certificate can be earned by taking courses scheduled during summer and winter sessions. These courses are offered in the hybrid intensive format, and therefore face-to-face instruction occurs within a two-week timeframe in these sessions. It is possible to complete the certificate in one summer and one winter sequence by taking all offered courses, but a selection of fewer courses can be taken over several summers/winters if desired.

Course Requirements:

Summer Session:

  • Theories and Practices of Spiritual Care
  • Self-Development and Self-Care
  • Facilitating Life Cycle Rituals
  • Counseling Muslim Youth

Winter Session:

  • Chaplaincy in Contexts
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Elective in Spiritual and Chaplain Formation
  • Elective in Interfaith/Intercultural Competencies