M.A. in Religious Leadership in Muslim Contexts
This 2-year program masters degree strikes a careful balance between theory and practice for students interested in positions of leadership in Muslim contexts, particularly in North American Muslim communities. The program requires courses in Qu’ran and Islamic philosophy, theology, and jurisprudence, as well as Arabic and contemporary topics in ethics to ensure a firm grounding in Islamic thought. Students also take practically oriented courses to receive broad training and specialization in areas such as youth development, urban education, immigration rights, non-profit leadership, and spiritual care. The degree culminates with an exam in Arabic recitation and a masters thesis or project.
Students in this program will be well prepared for a variety of careers in public, private, religious and on-profit contexts that require grounding in the Islamic tradition, including: professional religious leadership, development of community services and centers, community organizing, leadership in NGOs and non-profit organizations, and consulting in governmental agencies.
- Religious Leadership & Spirituality in Muslim Contexts
- The Qu’ran and its Interpreters
- Survey of Islamic Theology, Philosophy and Mysticism
- Islamic Law and Legal Theory
- History of Islam
- Arabic Language
- Contemporary Topics in Ethics
- Practical Theology
- Free Electives