This 3-year 72-unit Master’s of Divinity degree program equips men and women with a firm grounding in Islamic thought and cultivates practical skills in spiritual care, cultural sensitivity, religious leadership, and chaplaincy.
The program features courses in Islamic studies, including Sirah (Prophetic biography), themes of the Qur’an, Islamic history, theology, jurisprudence, philosophy and mysticism. Additionally, students benefit from courses in ethics, leadership, and Interreligious studies. Additional courses provide training in spiritual care, religious leadership, interfaith and intercultural understanding, and chaplaincy.
Proficiency at the intermediate level of university Arabic is required for graduation. This may be achieved by passing Arabic 2A/B at Bayan or alternative qualified institution, or by passing a Bayan administered exam.
The degree is achieved upon completion of a thesis paper or culminating integrative project.
Students in this program will be well prepared for a career in chaplaincy, counseling and spiritual care. Graduates will be well positioned to apply for professional opportunities in:
- armed services (military)
- special settings
Islamic Studies Interreligious & Intrafaith Studies Arabic Chaplaincy Free Electives (in consultation with Academic Advisor)
Interreligious & Intrafaith Studies
Free Electives (in consultation with Academic Advisor)
If you already have a Master’s degree, you can take eight specified courses in chaplaincy/spiritual care for credit to earn a 24-unit Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. This combination could be recognized as sufficient educational preparation by prospective employers, as many chaplaincy positions expect at least 72 units of course work (typical for the M.Div.).
If you don’t yet have a Master’s degree, you can count these courses towards Bayan’s 72-unit Islamic Chaplaincy M.Div. if accepted into the degree program; an alternative would be to combine Bayan’s 48-unit M.A. in Islamic Studies & Leadership with the 24-unit Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy.
You can join in our graduate courses and study with our faculty as a form of Continuing Education. Auditors pay a reduced course fee to enroll, and do not receive transcript credit.