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Master of Arts in Applied Islamic Ethics

Master of Arts in Applied Islamic Ethics

The first program of its kind worldwide, the Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Islamic Ethics addresses how Islam, as a world religion with a rich moral heritage, engages with and contributes to global moral discourses. Both theoretically rigorous and practical, the interdisciplinary program is grounded in the Islamic tradition and culturally sensitive contexts and leverages its distinguished faculty who are experts in their specializations and active consultants to national and international policy bodies.


Graduates of this program will have the skills to engage with pressing ethical issues in a manner that is both critical and compassionate. Graduates can continue their academic studies at the PhD level in the many fields covered in the program. They may also choose to work in a professional environment by regulating ethical guidelines and policies in government and private institutions active in a wide range of areas, including biomedical sciences, engineering, business, politics, family, migrant labor, and human rights – in Muslim and Western contexts.

Program Focus

The MA in Applied Islamic Ethics is designed to develop a strong foundation in moral frameworks and theoretical ethics in order to equip students with the skills to address pressing ethical dilemmas in today’s unprecedented age.

The overall structure of the program fuses together two main aspects: ‘the academic aspect’ of Islamic ethics, through a scholarly approach rooted in the Islamic scholarly tradition; and ‘the applied aspect’, to improve students’ skills in addressing the vexing ethical dilemmas and questions that people face in contemporary times— adding critical value to professional qualifications.


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

  • Two foundation courses (6 credits)

    • Islamic Ethics: Mapping the Field
    • Research Methods and Sources on Ethics 
  • Two core courses (6 credits)

    • Scriptural Ethics: Ethics in Qur’an and Sunnah
    • Theological and Philosophical Ethics
  • A choice of five electives out of 13 options (15 credits)*

    • Art and Ethics
    • Business Ethics
    • Comparative Religious Ethics
    • Environmental Ethics
    • Ethical Issues in Psychology
    • Ethical Reasoning and Moral Decision-Making
    • Ethics in Science and Technology
    • Ethics of Migration and Human Rights
    • Gender and Islamic Ethics
    • Islamic Bioethics
    • Islamic Ethics and Artificial Intelligence
    • Islamic Ethics of Pandemics
    • Peace, War, and Politics of Ethics


    *With approval, students can also choose either a tutorial or an internship as an elective.

  • Thesis (9 credits)

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