Master of Arts in Islam and Global Affairs

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Master of Arts in Islam and Global Affairs

Master of Arts in Islam and Global Affairs

The Master of Arts in Islam and Global Affairs (IGA) is a one-of-a-kind program that provides an opportunity to analyze the place of Islam in the context of global affairs, and the interconnected challenges facing global Muslim communities from a transdisciplinary perspective.

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The program encourages students to be active, autonomous, and critical contributors in their chosen field of research. Through research and integrative lab assignments, students are able to explore complex, interconnected global issues in collaboration with local and global organizations. Graduates of this program will possess the skills to become multidimensional global ethical leaders who can assume key roles in governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well private, local, and international entities. 

Students of the program will analyze how Islam promotes a concern for human well-being and dignity on a global level. They will develop a deeper understanding of how the values of Islamic teachings promote peace and cooperation across cultures, religions, and ethnicities.


Program Focus

The purpose of the Master of Arts in IGA is to provide opportunities to examine issues pertaining to Islam and global developments by utilizing innovative pedagogies. The program offers traditional and disruptive learning tools, techniques, and methods to study the complex relationships between Islam and society in the Muslim world and globally. The student-centered approach and individualized learning experience embodies a global focus, interdisciplinary approach, and practical scope, through the utilization of the following creative components:

  • Modules: Students select a module that best suits their interests and work with faculty members and the program coordinator to tailor aspects of their elective courses.
  • Integrative Lab (I-Lab): Students are supported with creative design, thinking tools, and production platforms. I-Labs provide personalized working spaces and international exposure to enable them to work on a global problem and identify ways to tackle it.



A 36-credit degree program taught over two years that includes:

  • Program Foundation Courses (6 Credits)

    • Islamic Ethics
    • Islamic Thought
  • Core Courses (12 Credits)

    • Global Inequalities
    • Introduction to Islam and Global Affairs
    • Research Methods
    • Theories and Practices of Peace Studies
  • A choice of 2 modular electives out of 6 options (6 credits)

    • Global Development and Human Security
    • Global Diplomacy
    • International Muslim Organizations
    • Islam and Conflict Transformation
    • Muslim Societies and the West
    • War and Peace in Islam
  • I-Lab (3 Credits)

  • Thesis (9 Credits)

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