Islamic Chaplaincy

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.

To complete the degree, students must enroll in a Capstone course pertaining to vocational praxis, towards the end of their coursework.

Career Possibilities

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:

  • hospitals
  • prisons
  • armed services (military)
  • universities/colleges
  • industry
  • special settings
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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)


  • Theories and Practices of Spiritual Care
  • Self-Development and Self-Care
  • Chaplaincy in Contexts
  • Facilitating Life Cycle Rituals
  • Counseling Muslims
  • Counseling Muslim Youth
  • Marriage, Family & Gender among Muslim Americans
  • Care and Counseling for Bereavement
  • Crisis Intervention

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

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.

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.