Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies

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Program Snapshot

9-18 Credit Hours 3-6 Classes
$310 Per Credit Hour Learn more
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Next Start Date June 3

Train to boldly and respectfully proclaim the gospel to our Muslim neighbors.

The Graduate and Advanced Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies is designed for students interested in reaching Muslims or serving as a missionary in a primarily Islamic context. Islamic studies at Southern Seminary will equip students, pastors, and missionaries with an awareness of the Muslim world in its diversity

Prepare to reach the Muslim world for Christ.

Students pursuing Islamic Studies with the Southern M.Div. may complete a 9 hour Graduate Certificate, or an 18 hour Advanced Graduate Certificate en route to their degree.

Choose any 3 courses. Students pursuing the Advanced Graduate Certificate will choose 6 courses:

Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies
Course Number Description Credit Hours
32985 History and Religion of Islam 3
32987 Islamic Thought: Belief and Practice 3
32988 Texts of Islam 3
32977 Studies in World Religions 3
32995 Introduction to Modern Arabic I 3
32996 Introduction to Modern Arabic II1 3
32990 Islam and the Christian Mission 3
32986 Issues in Contemporary Islam 3
  1. 32995 must be taken before 32996.

Learning Outcome

  • Students will be able to demonstrate competence in matters related to Islamic history, texts, and theology as they relate to Christian missions and ministry.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies will prepare students for church/pastoral ministry or missions work in primarily Islamic contexts.

Graduate Certificates are only open to M.Div. students. Every M.Div. at Southern Seminary combines a robust core of biblical and theological studies plus missions, evangelism, and ministry courses to ensure students are prepared for a variety of ministry roles.

Graduate Certificates are open to M.Div. students or alumni.

Students may apply for the Master of Divinity with an accredited bachelor’s degree (in any field/major). It is not required that applicants have an academic background in biblical or ministry studies.

Click here to learn more or start your application.

Graduate Certificates are meant to prepare students for specific ministry roles in conjunction with the Master of Divinity. Therefore, only students enrolled in the M.Div. may pursue Graduate Certificates.

Students who already hold a M.Div. degree may apply for and pursue additional Graduate Certificates.

The following students are eligible to apply for and pursue stand-alone Graduate Certificates:

  • M.Div. alumni of Southern Seminary
  • M.Div. alumni of other ATS-accredited seminaries

The application for Graduate Certificates comprises of:

  • The full, online application
  • Official transcripts of your M.Div.
  • Pastoral recommendation from your current church (provided in the application)

Islamic Studies faculty includes:

Ayman S. Ibrahim

Bill and Connie Jenkins Professor of Islamic Studies

Paul M. Akin


George H. Martin

Professor of Christian Missions and World Religions

J. Keith McKinley

Associate Professor of Christian Missions

Resources as a Southern Seminary student

Academic Support

Access academic advising, writing assistance, language tutoring and more as a Southern Seminary online or on-campus student.

Flexible Course Options

With multiple course delivery options you’ll find classes that fit around your schedule.

  • 100% online degrees
  • Main campus courses
  • Hybrid campus intensive options

Financial Aid

We are committed to making your education affordable. Our Financial Aid office can connect you with institutional & outside sources of aid.

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Bringing biblical clarity to the challenges of Islam

The Jenkins Center exists to establish a scholarly Christian understanding of the many strands of Islam, and to equip students, pastors, and missionaries with an awareness of the Muslim World in its diversity, in order to boldly and respectfully proclaim the Gospel to our Muslim neighbors to the ends of the earth.

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Text: (502) 305-3554


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