About IOK Seminary

The IOK Seminary was established in 2010 with the goal of educating and training the next generation of Muslim American leaders, imams, chaplains, teachers and scholars to meet and serve the religious and spiritual needs of their communities. It is a unique program that offers a one-year certificate in Arabic and Islamic studies, a two-year Associate’s degree in Arabic and Islamic studies, a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Islamic studies, and an MA in Islamic studies.



One of the notable aspects of the IOK Seminary is the diversity of its faculty, which consists of scholars who were trained in the traditional Islamic Sciences from institutions of higher learning throughout the world, including Madinah University, Al-Azhar, and Dār Al-‘Ulūm. This diversity creates a rich academic environment, exposing students to different approaches, perspectives, and understandings of the Islamic tradition.

How It Works

The Seminary strives to strike a balance in the students’ educational lives by dividing the day in two halves. In the morning, students will focus on their Islamic and Arabic studies. In the afternoon they will focus on their academic studies at local colleges and universities.

Mission

The IOK Seminary aims to educate and train men and women as Islamic leaders and scholars by combining a classical understanding of Islam with contemporary scholarship. We aim to foster a healthy understanding of our sacred tradition and its application in modern day society.

Who Is It For?

The IOK Seminary is for sincere, highly motivated and dedicated individuals who want to pursue higher Islamic Studies without having to travel abroad or sacrifice their university studies. Enrollment will be limited and based on a selective process including but not limited to an interview, admission’s essay and assessments.

IOK Seminary Graduates

The certificate program offers courses that will establish a foundational level of literacy in the major branches of Islamic Studies, including but not limited to Arabic, Theology, Quranic Studies, Hadīth Studies, Islamic Jurisprudence (fiqh), Spirituality, and History. The goal of the certificate is to develop a solid foundation in the Arabic language and the major Islamic Sciences.

The program will also address common objections raised against our faith and tradition through guided readings of papers, forums, and discussions.

Certificate Requirements: 36 units from IOK Seminary – Arabic 101 and 102, Islamic Law 101 and 102, Hadīth 101 and 102, Qur’ān 101 and 102, QRN-102, SPR-101

  Year 1
Fall

●       Arabic 101

●       Islamic Law 101

●       Hadīth 101

●       Qur’ān 101

●       QRN-102

Spring

●       Arabic 102

●       Islamic Law 102

●       Hadīth 102

●       Qur’ān 102

●       SPR-101

Upon successful completion of the requirements students will be awarded a “One-Year Certificate in Arabic and Islamic Studies”.

The Associate’s Degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies is designed for students who want to seek knowledge in a formal and structured manner, but do not have the opportunity to spend a number of years travelling and studying abroad. Ideally, it is for high school or college students in transition, who have passion for a serious study of Islam and Arabic. The program will give them a functional grasp of the Arabic language, as well as a detailed introduction to the foundational Islamic Sciences including ‘Ulūm al-Qur’ān (Qur’ān Studies), ‘Ulūm al-Hadīth (Hadīth Studies), Fiqh (Jurisprudence), Usūl al-Fiqh (Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence), and Tazkiyyah (Spirituality).

The program will also address common objections raised against our faith and tradition through guided readings of papers and discussions. After completing the degree, students will be able to deliver lectures and sermons, lead study circles, teach introductory courses, and serve as after school or weekend-school Islamic Studies teachers while simultaneously pursuing their careers.

Associate’s Requirements: 68 total units. 68 units from the IOK Seminary – Arabic (101, 102, 201, 202), Islamic Law (101, 102, 201, 202), Hadīth (101, 102, 201, 202), Qur’ān (101, 102, 201, 202), QRN-102, SPR-101; memorization of Juz Amma

  Year 1 Year 2
Fall

●       Arabic 101

●       Islamic Law 101

●       Hadīth 101

●       Qur’ān 101

●       QRN-102

●       Arabic 201

●       Islamic Law 201

●       Hadīth 201

●       Qur’ān 201

Spring

●       Arabic 102

●       Islamic Law 102

●       Hadīth 102

●       Qur’ān 102

●       SPR-101

●       Arabic 202

●       Islamic Law 202

●       Hadīth 202

●       Qur’ān 202

 

Upon successful completion of the requirements students will be awarded an “Associate’s Degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies”.

The bachelor’s degree program builds off the associate’s degree and is for those students who want to pursue a path of scholarship in Arabic and Islamic studies. The bachelor’s degree is designed to be equivalent to four years of study in a traditional Islamic Studies seminary or university. Careful attention is given to helping the student achieve proficiency and mastery of necessary classical texts and subject matter, contextualizing it, and training them to serve their communities through teaching, writing, and service.

Bachelor’s Requirements: 120 units. 120 units from the IOK Seminary; memorization of Juz Amma, 1 unit of CPR

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Additional Coursework
Fall

●       Arabic 101

●       Islamic Law 101

●       Hadīth 101

●       Qur’ān 101

●       QRN-102

●       Arabic 201

●       Islamic Law 201

●       Hadīth 102

●       Qur’ān 102

●       Arabic 301

●       Islamic Law 301

●       Hadīth 301

●       Qur’ān 301

●       JRP-104

●       Humanities 101

●       Social Sciences 101

●       Quran Memorization 1

●       Humanities 106 (Academic Writing)

 

Spring

●       Arabic 102

●       Islamic Law 102

●       Hadīth 102

●       Qur’ān 102

●       SPR-101

●       Arabic 202

●       Islamic Law 202

●       Hadīth 202

●       Qur’ān 202

●       Arabic 302

●       Islamic Law 302

●       Hadīth 302

●       Qur’ān 302

●       Humanities 104

●       Social Sciences 102

●       1 unit of CPE

●       Quran Memorization 2

●       Humanities 107

 

Upon successful completion of the requirements students will be awarded a “Bachelor’s Degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies”.

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor’s Degree may pursue a certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy by completing and passing the following additional courses:

SOC-103: Cycle of Life

In this course, we will explore the Islamic teachings regarding the rituals of birth and death. The course will cover a detailed explanation of loss and grief, consolation, washing the body of the deceased, shrouding the body, the funeral prayer, and burial.

Hum-102: History of Islam in America

When did Muslims arrive in the Americas? What is the history of Muslim immigrants in the United States? This course is an introduction to the study of Muslims in the United States. In examining the multiple racial, cultural, and national groups that make-up this diverse community, we will question what it means to be Muslim in America.

Hum-103: Dialogue and Interfaith Relations

Interreligious encounters, collaboration, and dialogue occur in a variety of ways and diverse contexts. This course offers an introduction to religious diversity as a feature of contemporary Muslim life, thought, and practice.

Hum-105: Intercultural Communication

Intercultural Communication focuses on the importance of culture in our everyday lives, and the ways in which culture interrelates with and effects communication processes.  We live in an era of rapid globalization in which being able to communicate across cultures is important to our ability to function in a diverse workplace, city, and world.

Upon successful completion of the requirements students will receive a “Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy”.

The Master’s degree is designed to equip students with a holistic and comprehensive understanding of Islam’s primary sources and how they inform and intersect with Islamic thought, theology, law, practice, morals, and ethics. The program is designed for students who have completed the IOK Seminary Bachelor’s Degree in Islamic and Arabic Studies or its equivalent and are firmly grounded in the rich academic tradition of Islam. The coursework includes a detailed study of various Qur’ānic commentaries, the hadīth canon, comparative fiqh, research, and translation. The goal of the program is to prepare the next generation of thought leaders who have a deep understanding of the Islamic legal, moral, and ethical tradition that will help them serve their communities.

Master’s Requirements: 52 units along with a thesis.

  Year 1 Year 2
Fall

●       Arabic 401

●       Islamic Law 401

●       Hadīth 401

●       Qur’ān 401

●       Islamic Law 501

●       Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence – 102

●       Hadīth 501

 

Spring

●       Arabic 402

●       Islamic Law 402

●       Hadīth 402

●       Qur’ān 402

 

●       Hadīth 502

●       Qur’ān 501

 

Upon successful completion of the requirements students will receive a “Master’s in Islamic Law and Tradition”.