Requirements for the M.A. in Islamic Studies

Students must complete 36 credit points, including the thesis, to graduate. Of the 36 points, 30 must be at the graduate level (4000 or higher). Specific degree requirements are: 

  • An introductory course addressing key methodological and theoretical issues in the comparative study of the Muslim world
  • Three courses in one of the following areas: history (including art history); literature; religion, law and philosophy; or the social sciences (anthropology, political science, sociology)
  • Two courses in a second area not selected above
  • Three elective courses in subjects related to Islamic Studies

Master's thesis completed in the final term and registered under ISCS G4999 Supervised Individual Research

There is no language requirement for the Islamic Studies M.A. degree. However, language study is strongly encouraged, and excellent instruction is available, notably in MESAAS Department courses. Students may take up to six credit points of language courses at the 3000-level (advanced or higher) in Arabic, Turkish, or Persian to count towards their degree. 

Additional Requirements and Rules:

  • Students may take up to two 3000-level courses (upper level undergraduate courses) but must receive approval from the Program Advisor in advance of registration. 
  • Internships, practicum courses, or courses at the 2000 or 1000 level do not fulfill degree requirements. 
  • Courses consisting solely of independent study or supervised reading (with the exception of the thesis, G4999 Supervised Individual Research) do not fulfill degree requirements.
  •  Students wishing to take courses with the prefixes V or BC must consult with the Program Advisor to determine whether such courses can count toward the degree. They must also get permission via a signature on an add-drop form from the department teaching the course. 
  • Summer term courses are administered by the School of Continuing Education. Summer course schedules, descriptions and other information can be found here. Students should have summer courses approved by the Program Advisor before registering.