Master of Arts in Islamic Studies

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Program Snapshot

62 Credit Hours 21 Classes
2 Years to Complete
$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 Master of Arts in Islamic Studies is an academic degree that combines a study of classical Islam and the Arabic language with specialized biblical and theological studies for those who are preparing for ministry in Muslim contexts or wishing to pursue further graduate studies on Islam.

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Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Number Description Credit Hours
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
25100 Introduction to Church History I 3
25120 Introduction to Church History II 3
27060 Systematic Theology I: Theological Prolegomena, and the Nature and Works of God 3
27070 Systematic Theology II: Christ, Salvation, and the Holy Spirit 3
27080 Systematic Theology III: Baptist Theology of Scripture and the Church, and Eschatology 3
Total 30
Islamic Studies
Course Number Description Credit Hours
32100 Personal Evangelism & Devotion 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
32985 History and Religion of Islam1 3
32986 Issues in Contemporary Islam 3
32987 Islamic Thought: Belief and Practice 3
32988 Texts of Islam1 3
32990 Islam and the Christian Mission 3
32995 Introduction to Modern Arabic I 3
32996 Introduction to Modern Arabic II 3
28999 Thesis Research and Writing 2
Total 29
Course Number Description Credit Hours
Unrestricted Elective 3
Total 3

Total Master of Arts in Islamic Studies: 62

  1. Courses 32985 and 32988 are foundational courses in Islamic Studies and should normally be taken first in sequence.
  2. Continuing students should consult the Academic Catalog for the year in which they started for course requirements as the current requirements may have changed.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Students who are serving (or plan to serve) in full-time ministry are encouraged to consider the Master of Divinity program, as it contains a more robust core of bible, theology, and ministry training.

Students with an accredited bachelor’s degree (in any field/major) are eligible to apply for this concentration. It is not required that applicants have an academic background in biblical or ministry studies.

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Yes. Students with previous divinity credit may be able to transfer their credit into programs at Southern Seminary. See our Transfer Credit page for more information.

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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