Doctoral / PHD Programs in Islamic Studies

5 universities offer graduate PHD program in Islamic Studies

Columbia University in the City of New York logo
Ranked as:  #18 in Best National University
Tuition:  $51,194 per year
Total Cost:  $102,388 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  New York
Acceptance:  6.66%

Islamic Studies and Muslim Cultures (MA with the Aga Khan University Institute for Muslim Civilizations in London).

Graduates are prepared for further academic training at the PhD level and for careers in government, journalism, think tanks, human rights work, political advocacy, and development NGOs.

Note: The program requires two years of full-time study, which must be taken in sequence. Students cannot complete one year of the program and receive only one degree.

Students apply through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.

In addition to these requirements, students must provide a short statement of academic purpose (1,000 words or 2 pages in length) and an academic transcript from each post-secondary institution they attended.

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  • GRE Required:  Yes
  • Research Assistantships:  1081
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Georgetown University logo
Ranked as:  #22 in Best National University
Tuition:  $53,591 per year
Total Cost:  $107,182 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  Washington D. C.
Acceptance:  16.81%

The PhD Program in Arabic and Islamic Studies offer advanced training in the disciplines of Arabic Linguistics, Arabic Literature (Modern and Classical), and Islamic Studies (Intellectual History, Theology, Law) with an emphasis on the close reading and interpretation of primary sources, whether linguistic or textual, modern or classical. The department strives to educate students in current theoretical, critical and cultural scholarly approaches as tools to explore and analyze primary sources and linguistic data and to evaluate and challenge secondary scholarship. In forming the new generation of research scholars in our fields, we strive to give them the linguistic and critical tools necessary for original and creative scholarship. Our PhD students typically go on to academic careers, often beginning with post-doctoral fellowships, with tenure-track university appointments or in other research institutions.

In the first week of their first academic year, students who are non-native Arabic speakers are required to take an Arabic language exam administered by the department. Students who fail this exam are required to be enrolled in advanced Arabic classes, and to take the exam again at the end of the fall semester. If they still do not score satisfactorily they have until the end of the spring semester to successfully retake the exam. Students must pass the Arabic proficiency exam by the end of August of their first academic year if they are to continue in the program. Arabic language courses taken to enable students to reach the required proficiency level do not count towards the degree credits. Students who desire ACTFL proficiency certification should make arrangements with the department.

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PhD Arabic Islamic Studies

  • GRE Required:  Yes
  • Research Assistantships:  181
  • Teaching Assistantships:  286
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Emory University logo
Ranked as:  #22 in Best National University
Tuition:  $44,676 per year
Total Cost:  $89,352 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  Georgia
Acceptance:  19.17%

Islamic Civilizations Studies at Emory University offers a unified thematic approach to the global impact of Islamic civilizations. By using a broad-based, trans-regional, and integrated multidisciplinary approach to understanding and analyzing the Islamic world, graduates of the ICIVS program will be well prepared to assess and make sense of the momentous changes that have and are taking place in this region in a wide range of professional capacities.

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PhD Program in Islamic Civilizations Studies

  • GRE Required:  Yes
  • Research Assistantships:  -
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill logo
Ranked as:  #29 in Best National University
Tuition:  $30,248 per year
Total Cost:  $60,496 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  North Carolina
Acceptance:  25%

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Roshan Institute Fellowships for Excellence in Persian Studies.

Islamic Studies Doctoral Candidate Conducts Summer Research in Persian Studies.

Supported by the Roshan Fellowship for Excellence in Persian Studies, Candace Mixon, doctoral candidate in Islamic Studies in the Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, conducted research in Persian studies this summer. The collection houses 311 posters from the 1970s-1990s from Iran, as well as a few from Afghanistan and Kuwait. explained Mixon.

Sunset near the Fateme Ma ume Shrine in Qom, Iran.

Physical examination of materials offers insight into new details such as these. In November, Mixon will present at the Middle Eastern Studies Association Conference on a panel discussing strategies and successes for research in Iran.

2023 CMEIS and Islamicate Graduate Student Association Research Colloquium.

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Islamic Studies Doctoral Candidate Conducts Summer Research in Persian Studies

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George Mason University logo
Ranked as:  #137 in Best National University
Tuition:  $37,410 per year
Total Cost:  $74,820 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  Virginia
Acceptance:  89.2%

Announcing the AbuSulayman Center for Global Islamic Studies.

Announcing the AbuSulayman Center for Global Islamic StudiesThe Center received a new 10-year gift in honor of the world-renowned Islamic Studies scholar and educator, Dr. Abdul Hamid AbuSulayman, who passed away in August 2021.

Islamic Studies in the Digital RealmAs the Center principal online publication platform, the Maydan has established itself as the premier academic venue for digital scholarship of global Islam and its history.

Engaging the communityTo disseminate new scholarship in the field of global Islamic studies, the center holds conferences and colloquia on a wide range of subjects.

Teaching tomorrow leadersThe interdisciplinary Middle East and Islamic Studies Program at George Mason provides students with a firm grounding in the history, politics, and culture of this important region.

The Ali Vural Ak Center is now the AbuSulayman Center for Global Islamic Studies.

The AbuSulayman Center for Global Islamic Studies Programs seeks application for the Dr. Jamal M. Al-Barzinji Graduate Research Fellowship. This Fellowship aims to provide funding for a student in a relevant Ph.D. program for up to five years. The fellowship recipient will specialize in a discipline or field of study appropriate to their chosen doctoral program with a secondary emphasis in Islamic studies.

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