Master of Divinity

Master of Divinity Degree (M.Div.) Concentrations:

Religious Leadership and Islamic Chaplaincy

Description: The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is for those students who want to pursue a career as an imam, scholar-in-resident or chaplain. The concentration in Religious Leadership is intended for those who are interested in a career as an imam or scholar. The concentration in Islamic Chaplaincy is intended for those who desire a career as a chaplain.

Arabic Proficiency: TISA does not require a certain level of Arabic proficiency upon entry. However, it is preferable that entering students attain at least a passing grade on the Level 1 assessment of our Quranic Arabic language partner, Fawakih Institute. TISA MA students are required to attain a passing grade on Fawakih Institute’s assessment at Level 2. TISA MDiv students are required to attain a passing grade on Fawakih’s assessment at Level 4. (The assessment can be found at

Qur’anic Proficiency: Before graduating with a TISA MA
or MDiv degree, students are required to memorize 1 juz of Qur’an with Tajwid.

Course Requirements

72 credit hours

Required Core Courses for the MDiv

(9 courses—27 hours)
  • TISA-650: Counseling and Cross-Cultural Communication
  • TISA-760: Foundations of Effective Organizational Leadership
  • TISA-830: Spiritual Formation
  • TISA-840: Imam and Chaplain Functions
  • TISA-842: Public Speaking
  • TISA-890: Field Placement I (200 Hours)
  • TISA-891: Field Placement II (200 Hours & Capstone Paper: Leading from an Islamic Paradigm)
  • TISA-895: Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) I (200 Hours)
  • TISA-896: Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) II, (200 Hours)

Required Courses for Religious Leadership or Islamic Chaplaincy Concentrations

(10 courses—30 hours)
  • TISA-601: Advanced Qur’anic Sciences and Tafsir
  • TISA-602: Advanced Hadith Sciences and Hadith Commentary
  • TISA-611: Advanced Aqidah
  • TISA-612: Comparative Religion and Interfaith Involvement
  • TISA-621: Advanced Fiqh al-Ibadat
  • TISA-622: Fiqh al-Mu’amalat: Family
  • TISA-631: Advanced Akhlaq and Spirituality
  • TISA-641: Contemporary Issues in the Muslim Ummah
  • TISA-642: Islam in America
  • TISA-643: History of Islamic Civilization and Muslim Cultures
  • TISA-892: Arabic Proficiency Assessment- Pass/Fail (No credit)
  • TISA-894: Qur’anic Recitation Assessment- Pass/Fail (No credit)


(Choose 3 courses—9 hours)
  • TISA-615: Advanced Sirah
  • TISA-641: Contemporary Issues in the Muslim Ummah
  • TISA-721: Contemporary Issues in Fiqh
  • TISA-750: Navigating Muslim American Cultures and Identities
  • TISA-821: Islam and Gender in the Contemporary Context
  • TISA-851: Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • TISA-866: Effective Youth Work

Required Courses for the Islamic Chaplaincy Concentration

(2 courses—6 hours)
  • TISA-835: Foundations of Islamic Chaplaincy
  • TISA-851: Pastoral Care and Counseling

Required Courses for the Religious Leadership Concentration

(2 courses—6 hours)
  • TISA-620: Evolution of Islamic Law and Usul al-Fiqh
  • TISA-825: Advanced Usul al-Fiqh