Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies

Certificate Details

The Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies is designed to prepare people to comprehend 21st century Islamic thought and practices by providing a basic understanding of Islamic cultures, history, and religion.  It is also useful for developing creative strategies for bridging differences between Muslim and Western worldviews and value systems. For more information, contact


No prerequisites.  Persons interested in this program should apply for Graduate Admission to DIU.  If previously enrolled at Dallas International in anything other than “graduate admission status”, you will need to change your admission status.

Core Course Requirements (9 credits)

The Certificate in Islamic Studies requires three core courses.

AC5310 (SL) Core Components of Islam (on-campus/synchronous). This course examines core elements of Islam – Muhammad, the Quran, Tradition, Law and their impact on worldview, values and other cultural expressions among Muslim peoples. (Recommend that this course be taken as early as possible.)

AC5316-OL Dynamics of Contextualization (online). This course examines the nature of cross cultural service within Islamic settings, noting underlying assumptions, challenges and limitations.

AC5318 (SL) Understanding the Qur’an (on-campus/synchronous). This course examines the Qur’an’s organization, history of compilation, variant readings, major themes, approaches to interpretation, historical subtext, key and problematic texts, and an approach to reading it.

Elective Courses (6 credits)

Two elective courses are required from among those offered by the Abraham Center. Check out our courses page for a full list of Abraham Center courses.