Requirements for the MA in Islamic Studies

For incoming students, Fall 2018 and after:

Students must complete 30 credit points, including the thesis, to graduate. The required credits may be completed in one year. All courses must be at the graduate level (4000 or higher). Students opting to develop their language skills take additional language coursework and usually choose to complete the MA in 3-4 semester. Specific degree requirements are: 

  • ISCS GR5000 Foundation to Islamic Studies and the Study of Muslim Societies (4 points). An introductory course addressing key methodological and theoretical issues in the comparative study of the Muslim world;
  • Three concentration courses in subjects related to Islamic Studies and the Study of Muslim Societies (which may include independent studies), approved by the Academic Program Director (APD);
  • Three elective courses;
  • Optional language study;
  • Master's thesis completed in the final term while taking either:
    ISCS G4990 MA Thesis Research Seminar (4 points) provides a class-like structure to the research and writing process of the thesis. Students must have two faculty supervisors. The first supervisor is the instructor of the seminar, and the second supervisor is a faculty member with expertise in the thesis subject. The thesis proposal for registration in the seminar must also be approved by the second supervisor;
    OR
    ISCS G4999 Supervised Individual Research
    (4 points), when G4990 is unavailable during the student's final semester.  An independent study under the supervision of a faculty member (thesis supervisor). Students must have one supervisor. A second supervisor is optional if the guidance and advice of a second supervisor is wanted or if the thesis spans different academic disciplines.

There is no language requirement for the Islamic Studies MA 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. 

Courses taken for R credit or with a grade of Pass/Fail do not count toward the Islamic Studies MA degree requirements.

Please refer to the ISMA Student Handbook.

Additional Requirements and Rules:

  • Students may take up to two 3000-level courses (upper level undergraduate courses) but must receive approval from the APD in advance of registration. 
  • Internships, practicum courses, or courses at the 2000 or 1000 level do not fulfill degree requirements. 
  • Students wishing to take courses with the prefixes V or BC must consult with the APD 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 APD before registering. 

For requirements for students enrolled before Fall 2018, see here.