Graduate Certificate in Islamic Finance (GCIF) | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Graduate Certificate in Islamic Finance (GCIF)

Graduate Certificate in Islamic Finance (GCIF)

The Graduate Certificate in Islamic Finance (GCIF) is an opportunity crafted for individuals seeking to improve their knowledge and skills in this field and caters to a diverse range of academic and professional social science backgrounds. It provides training in the requisite skills to operate effectively in the Islamic finance market, as well as in-depth knowledge of Islamic finance principles and practices.


The program is open to students in any academic discipline, and provides career-advancement opportunities for finance-based professionals. It also serves as a bridge program for students who may consider pursuing a Master’s degree in Islamic Finance at the college.

The Islamic finance market has expanded rapidly into a lucrative market with an estimated global worth exceeding USD 2 trillion. Consequently, the certificate program endeavors to contribute to this nascent industry through providing students exposure to knowledge, thought leadership, and research in Islamic finance. It cultivates a holistic understanding of the Islamic financial system through recognizing the differences between conventional and Islamic financial principles. Furthermore, students acquire transferable skills to apply essential concepts of Islamic finance in practical settings, which enhance both their employability and education pathway prospects.


An 18-credit graduate certificate program taught over one year in English that includes:

  • Three core courses (9 credits)

    • Islamic Financial Contracts
    • Islamic Banking and Financial Markets
    • Islamic Corporate Finance and Financial Engineering
  • A choice of three electives out of eleven options (9 credits)

    • Analysis of Financial Statements with Applications to Islamic Banks
    • Applied Quantitative Methods
    • Behavioral Islamic Economics and Finance
    • Fintech and its Islamic Finance Applications
    • Islamic Asset, Funds, and Portfolio Management
    • Islamic Economics and Sustainable Development
    • Legal, Regulatory, and Institutional Aspects of Islamic Finance
    • Principles and Objectives of Islamic Law 
    • Research Methods
    • Strategic Management in Islamic Finance
    • Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing
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