Islamic Education

This 2-year 48-unit Master’s degree program equips men and women with a firm grounding in Islamic educational thought and cultivates practical skills for teaching in an Islamic school or non-profit environment.

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 Interreligious and intra-faith studies.

Five courses in the concentration of Religious Education are offered in an Administrator’s track and a Teacher’s track. Students in both tracks take three courses in common, and administrators take two additional courses tailored to their professional needs, while educators do likewise.

Proficiency in Arabic is not formally required for graduation, though students are encouraged to take Arabic as an elective.

The degree is achieved upon completion of a thesis paper or culminating integrative project.

Career Possibilities

Students in this program will enhance their pedagogical and administrative skills as prospective or early/mid-career educators and school administrators. This program also benefits:

  • curriculum developers
  • assessment specialists
  • education non-profit personnel
  • education consultants
  • authors/editors
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Islamic Studies

  • Islamic Leadership and Spirituality
  • The Quran: Composition, Collection, and Teachings
  • History of Islam
  • Islamic Law and Legal Theory
  • Islamic Theology and Philosophy
  • Islamic Ethics

Interreligious & Intrafaith Studies

  • Interreligious Dialogue & Leadership (offered by CST)
  • Abrahamic Faiths in Conversation
  • Sunni-Shia Relations & Intrafaith Issues
  • Muslim Spirituality Among the Religions of the World
  • Understanding Islam in the American Religious Landscape

Islamic Education

  • Foundations of Islamic Education
  • Introduction to the Islamic Cultural Heritage
  • Education Technology & Resources
  • Cultivating the School Environment (Administrators)
  • School Leadership and Management (Administrators)
  • Natural Child Development  (Teachers)
  • Integrating the Curriculum (Teachers)

Free Electives (in consultation with Academic Advisor)

  • The Life, Times and Teachings of the Prophet Muhammad
  • Preaching and Public Presentation of Islam
  • Global Islamic Movements and Ideologies
  • Islam and Mysticism
  • Advanced Hadith Studies
  • Islam, Medical Ethics and Spiritual Care
  • Community Organizing for Muslim Leaders
  • Social Integration and Civic Engagement
  • Spirituality in Islamic Arts
  • Race, Culture and Identity Among Muslim Americans
  • Courses offered at CST, AJRCA, UWest, CGU

Certificate Option

Take four courses for credit at your own pace to earn a Certificate in Islamic Education. Later on, you can count these courses towards the 48 units required to earn the Master’s degree.


Audit Courses

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.