Master's Admissions Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies.

  • A completed Admission Application.

  • Applicants with a Bachelor degree in fields other than Islamic Studies or Arabic Studies are required to complete and pass six prerequisite courses with a grade no less than a C to be qualified to apply for the Master Degree program.

  • The prerequisites courses are:

(GE115) The Islamic creed – العقيدة الإسلامية

(HS103) Hadith Sciences – علم مصطلح الحديث

(QS201) Qur’anic Sciences – علوم القرآن

(JF101) The Islamic foundations of jurisprudence- أصول الفقه

(AR101) Arabic Syntax (Grammar) – قواعد اللغة العربية

(JF303) Jurisprudence of Worship – فقه عبادات

  • $75 Application fee payable to Manara Institute

  • Two letters of recommendations

  • Academic Transcripts

  • Graduate Transcripts if applicable

Master Degree in Islamic Studies - General Track

Minimally, the degree is awarded to students of regular standing who complete satisfactory a course of study of not less than 38 credits, that consist of a total of 10 required courses, and an option for students to either write a Master Thesis, which is worth 8 credits, or choose three more courses out of advanced six courses that is worth 9 credits.

In both options, the student is required to complete the 10 required courses first, and then continue to either a Master Thesis, or to complete three advanced courses.

The two options’ details are as follow:


Maintain a letter grade C (equals to %70) average on all 10 required courses, plus a Master Thesis

AR 185مادة اللغة العربيةArabic Syntax IThe Arabic Language3
DC 115العقيدةIslamic CreedDa'wah and Culture3
HD 175مصطلح الحديثHadith SciencesHadith and its Sciences3
HD 250علوم القرآنQur’anic SciencesHadith and its Sciences3
JR 185أصول الفقهIslamic Foundations of JurisprudenceIslamic Jurisprudence and its Foundation3
JR 320فقه العباداتJurisprudence of WorshipIslamic Jurisprudence and its Foundation3


Maintain a letter grade C (equals to %70) average on all 10 required courses, plus three advanced courses, must maintain a letter grade B (equals to %80) average on the three advanced courses.

Student must choose a course from each of the three sections showing in this table

DC 530النظم الإسلامية – فقه الشورىIslamic SystemsDa'wah and Culture3
DC 537مناهج و آداب البحثResearch MethodsDa'wah and Culture3
DC 611الدعوة (المذاهب الفكرية)Schools of ThoughtDa'wah and Culture3
DC 621دراسات في العقيدةStudies in Islamic CreedDa'wah and Culture3
HD 525التفسير التحليليGeneral InterpretationHadith and its Sciences3
HD 647مناهج المفسرينThe Methodologies of Islamic InterpretersHadith and its Sciences3
HD 665علم الحديث و الرجالStudies of Hadith and NarratorsHadith and its Sciences3
JR 535مقاصد الشريعة الإسلاميةObjectives of Islamic Shari’aIslamic Jurisprudence and its Foundation3
JR 560القواعد الفقهيةPrinciples of Islamic JurisprudenceIslamic Jurisprudence and its Foundation3
JR 645فقه النوازلContemporary Fiqh MattersIslamic Jurisprudence and its Foundation3
QR 500القرآن الكريمThe Holy QuranQur’anic Sciences and its Interpretations3

Additional Required Courses for Non-Thesis Track

DC 740الفكر الإسلامي الحديثContemporary Islamic ThoughtsDa'wah and Culture3
HD 750التفسير والمفسرونInterpreters and InterpretationHadith and its Sciences3
JR 760المناهج الأصوليةMethodologies of Islamic JurisprudenceIslamic Jurisprudence and its Foundation3