Applicants seeking admission to the graduate programs at the College of Islamic Studies should have a strong academic record (minimum 3.0 GPA out of 4.0) from a recognized university.
Applicants seeking admission to the Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies (GCIS) or the Graduate Certificate in Islamic Finance (GCIF) should have a bachelor’s degree in a related field from a recognized institution.
Applicants to the masters programs should have a bachelor’s degree while applicants to the PhD program should have a master’s degree.
PhD applicants must demonstrate strong evidence that they possess the qualities to become successful researchers and professionals. This includes outstanding performance in relevant coursework, as well as a proven track record of high motivation and commitment to innovative and original research. Applicants with prior research and work experience in financial services and related fields are preferred.
|Program||Required Field of Study||Language Requirements|
|Program: MA in Contemporary Islamic Studies:
Specialization in Fiqh and Society
|Required Field of Study: Shari’a, Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, or a related area within Islamic Studies, Usul al-Din and Qanun.||Must demonstrate proficiency in Arabic through studies (e.g. completing an undergraduate degree in which the language of instruction was Arabic or by completing a proficiency examination offered by CIS).
In addition, students need to prove their English language proficiency by providing a score equivalent to: TOEFL 35-45 or IELTS 5. Exemption is possible if applicants have studied in English.
|Program: MA in Counseling Psychology||Required Field of Study: Psychology, counseling, social work, or a related field.||
IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL: 79
|Program: MA in Contemporary Islamic Studies:
Specialization in Contemporary
|Required Field of Study: Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Religious Studies; or relatable areas within the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with appropriate experience.||
All applicants are required to submit a valid IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL score of 79 in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Applicants may be exempt from this requirement if they provide an official letter confirming that they obtained their degree from a university where the medium of instruction is English.
*Applicants seeking admission to the PhD in Islamic Studies, both native or non-native speakers of Arabic, will be required to take an Arabic language proficiency test that will be administered by the College of Islamic Studies at the time of application. Applicants must pass the Arabic language proficiency test with a minimum value of “upper-intermediate” to be admitted to the program. Applicants, native or non-native speakers, who have completed university studies in Arabic and can provide a letter confirming so, are exempt from this requirement.
|Program: MA in Islam and Global Affairs||Required Field of Study: All fields|
|Program: MA in Applied Islamic Ethics|
|Program: PhD in Islamic Studies*||Required Field of Study: All fields|
|Program: PhD in Islamic Finance and Economy||Required Field of Study: Economics, Business, Finance, Accounting, Shari’a, or a related field|
|Program: MS in Islamic Finance|
|Program: MS in Islamic Art, Architecture
|Required Field of Study: Art, History, Archeology, Interior Architecture/Design, Architecture, and Urban Planning|
|Program: Graduate Certificate in Islamic Finance||All fields||IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL: 79. Further details about the language proficiency requirement and the process to seek exemption (where this is an option) are available on the website: admissions.hbku.edu.qa.|
|Program: Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies||All fields||Must demonstrate proficiency in Arabic through previous studies (e.g. completing an undergraduate degree in which the language of instruction was Arabic or by an interview-based test with CIS). In addition, students need to prove their English language proficiency by providing a score equivalent to TOEFL 35-45 or IELTS 5. Exemption is possible if applicants have studied in English.|
The application form can be accessed online by clicking here.
Please note that this application is for admissions only. Information on how to apply for funding (where applicable) is provided to students who have been admitted to the program.
It is the applicant's responsibility to submit all required documents at the time of application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Official electronic copies of transcripts should be submitted as part of the online application. Final transcripts and graduation statements are required for all previous university studies. All transcripts submitted should include an explanation of the grading system.
For those who have not completed their current studies, transcripts must include results from the last completed semester of coursework. Transcripts in languages other than English or Arabic must be accompanied with an official translation.
Applicants who are admitted to the program based on incomplete or copies of transcripts will be required to provide original transcripts upon enrollment in order to register for courses.
Official copies (where required) must be sent directly to HBKU. Please refer to the institutional codes below:
Applicants should also submit copies of their test scores with the online application.
Two letters of recommendation from previous or current professors, employers, or other individuals familiar with the applicant’s qualifications.
Applicants will receive the link to request recommendation forms once they have submitted the online admission application.
Applicants should submit a personal statement (300-500) as part of the online application. The statement should explain why they are applying and how their studies will contribute to the achievement of their personal objectives, including information about the applicant's research interests and achievements. Incomplete personal statements will not be accepted.
Applicants should submit a copy of their current resume or curriculum vitae as part of the online application.
This should include the following information, where applicable:
All applicants should submit an electronic copy of their passport as part of the online application. Nationals and residents of Qatar should also submit their valid Qatari ID.
Applicants seeking admission to the PhD in Islamic Studies program are required to submit a research proposal with the online application. The research proposal should be written in English and should not exceed five pages. The research proposal should include the following requirements:
Applicants seeking admission to the PhD in Islamic Studies program are required to submit a writing sample with the online application. The writing sample should be 15-20 pages long and be written in English. The writing sample should be academic in nature, present a key argument, provide a holistic treatment of the subject, and conform to academic norms in terms of citation and referencing.
The College of Islamic Studies provides opportunities for scholarships and funding on a competitive basis. Further information will be provided to applicants who are admitted to the program.
To view tuition fees, please click here.
Applicants seeking admission to the Graduate Certificate in Islamic Finance and the Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies are not eligible for student funding.