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Islamic Studies


Islamic studies programs focus on the teachings of Mohammed.

Islamic studies programs include topics such as:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in Islamic studies. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

A few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in Islamic studies. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Very few universities offer master's degrees in Islamic studies. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. Knowledge of literary Arabic and of a Western scholarly language (such as French or German) may not be required for admission, but it is an advantage.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

A bachelor's program to prepare you to be an imam typically includes courses such as the following:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs typically include courses such as the following:

In addition, you will usually have to meet the following requirements:

Things to Know

For graduate study of Islam, you need to demonstrate mastery of literary Arabic. You also need to master at least one Western scholarly language such as French or German, and probably at least one Islamic scholarly language such as Farsi, Turkish, or Urdu.


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