Islamic Studies and Leadership

This 2-year 48-unit Master’s degree program equips men and women with a firm grounding in Islamic thought and cultivates practical skills for leadership in a variety of religious context and professional settings.

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 such areas as spiritual care, youth development, civic engagement, and community organizing.

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.

Career Possibilities

Students in this program will be well prepared for a variety of careers in public, private, religious and non-profit contexts that require grounding in the Islamic tradition, including:

  • professional religious leadership
  • development of community services and centers
  • grassroots community organizing
  • leadership in NGOs and non-profit organizations
  • consulting in governmental agencies
  • academia
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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


  • Intermediate Arabic 2A (first semester)
  • Intermediate Arabic 2B (second semester)

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 Studies and Leadership. 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.