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MA Islamic Studies

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

54360 USD
54360 USD

Application fee

International 105 USD
National 105 USD
Middle East Institute
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315

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About this course

The M.A. in Islamic Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the critical academic study of the Islamic religious and intellectual tradition and the diverse regional histories, cultures, and social formations of Muslim communities around the world. The program offers instruction in the classic areas of religion, law, literature and history and also in the inquiries of social scientists, feminist and gender research, media and film, and colonial and postcolonial studies.

After taking the core seminar that provides a rigorous foundation in key concepts, theories, and debates as well as training in comparative studies, students tailor their individual programs of study, with mentoring from the program advisor, to gain breadth in the field of Islamic studies and depth in special areas of interest. Students choose from a wide selection of both general and specialized courses to build a coherent program of study. Columbia’s world-class faculty teach relevant courses across a range of academic departments in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and in a number of other units such as Union Theological Seminary and the School of International and Public Affairs. Based on this exposure to critical scholarly approaches, developing expertise in particular subjects, and training in research methodologies, students are prepared to write a thesis on a topic within their chosen area of concentration, under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

This program is flexible. It is designed both for individuals considering entering a Ph.D. program who wish first to explore different disciplines, gain a good foundation, or study particular subjects or regions and languages, and equally for those intending to pursue other careers in which graduate training in Islamic Studies would be an excellent qualification and resource.

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Eligibility Criteria

The admission standards and selection procedures are identical to those followed by the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences for all of its M.A. Programs (with the exception of the Liberal Studies Program). 

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Course Modules

  • History GR6999 Asiatic Russia: Empire, State
  • History GR8934 The Cold War in the Third World
  • History GR8907 Colonial Cities
  • International Affairs U8260  Authoritarianism
  • International Affairs U6445 Talking With the Enemy
  • International Affairs U8136 US Foreign Policy: Persian Gulf
  • Regional Institute U8588  Monarchy Islam-Repub
  • Religion GR8301 Islamic Historiography

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How to Apply

To apply to the M.A. Program in Islamic Studies, please use the Standard Application to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The complete application includes transcripts of all previous post-secondary education, a statement of academic purpose, a CV or resume, three letters of evaluation from academic sources, GRE scores (general test only), a writing sample, and an application fee. Applicants whose primary language of undergraduate education was not English must submit scores from a TOEFL examination. For information about the GRE or TOEFL, see the website of the Educational Testing Service.

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