Master of Arts in the Field of Islamic Studies

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

36 credits, including 12 credits in required courses and 24 credits in pre-approved elective courses.

Prerequisite: a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and two years of Arabic language study (which may be taken early on in the coursework). 

REL 6401Islamic Historiographies
REL 6402Qur'an and Hadith
REL 6441Islamic Law
REL 6460Topics in the Study of Islam
REL 6998Thesis Research
REL 6999Thesis Research
6 additional courses chosen from a pre-approved list in a variety of disciplines, most of which should focus on Islam in the contemporary world.
A concentration in Hinduism and Islam is available through GW's participation in the Consortium of Universities.

Depending on their focus of study, students may be asked to take courses in other languages; language courses will not count toward the degree. 

See departmental website for a full program description.