Islamic Studies, M.A. | Claremont Graduate University (CGU) | Claremont, United States
24 months
1980 USD/credit 39600 USD/year
1980 USD/credit 39600 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Islamic Studies from Claremont Graduate University (CGU) examines Islam’s relation to other religious traditions and the contemporary debates and issues concerning Muslims globally.


From its inception to its place among contemporary nations and religions, Islam and its global identity are central areas of study in this unique master’s program. You will examine leading Islamic scholarship and gain broad understanding of Islam’s scriptural texts. A focus on the development of Islamic thought through the primary domains of Islamic literature—theology, philosophy, and mysticism—will enable you to understand the religion’s socio-historical, political, and cultural frameworks, a holistic view merging past and present perspectives. 

You will also address the relation of Islam to other religions by taking comparative courses in Christianity and Judaism. This Islamic Studies program from Claremont Graduate University (CGU) provides excellent background preparation for a doctoral degree in religion or to pursue a variety of careers in government, international corporations, media outlets and non-profit organizations.

Program Highlights

  • The MA in Islamic Studies offers three tracks of study: Quranic Studies; Sexuality, Gender, and Feminist Studies in Islam; and Environmental Studies in Islam.
  • Interdisciplinary concentrations are available to Religion students, including American Studies, Early Modern Studies, Hemispheric & Transnational Studies, Media Studies, and Museum Studies.
  • You will have access to the libraries of CGU and Claremont University Consortium which offer more than two million volumes – more than 250,000 in the field of religion alone.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Islamic Studies
  • Classical Arabic Literature & the Qur’an
  • Islamic Cosmology & Mysticism
  • Feminism & Quranic Studies
  • Theories of Religion

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


40 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Applicants who feel that their Grade Point Averages do not adequately represent their ability to succeed in a graduate program may find it helpful to submit GRE scores for consideration.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • $80 Application fee
  • Official transcripts (undergraduate/graduate)
  • Resume
  • English proficiency exam (international applicants only)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Affidavit of Financial Support
  • Financial Statement or Proof
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing Sample

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    39600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1980 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    39600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1980 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Claremont

1100 - 1600 USD /month
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