MA Program Information

The Institute of Islamic Studies offers two MA programs: a general MA in Islamic Studies, and an MA in Islamic Studies – Gender and Women’s Studies Concentration.

Master's Degree in Islamic Studies

Degree Requirements

 To be granted a Master's degree in Islamic Studies, students must meet the following degree requirements (total of 45 credits):

  1. Residence requirement of three full-time terms (semesters).
  2. Completion of 21 credits of coursework at the 500-level or higher, including one 600- or 700-level seminar offered by the Institute (3 credits) and including
    ISLA 603 Intro:Res Materials-Islamic St 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  3. Proficiency in Arabic or Persian at the second-year level. Students may enroll in the Arabic or Persian language courses, but the courses at the introductory- and the lower intermediate-level will not be credited towards the course requirements. If the student’s programme requires knowledge of an Islamic language other than Arabic or Persian, he/she may register for it after consultation with his/her supervisor.
  4. Thesis courses (total of 24 credits):
    ISLA 697 Thesis Research 1 6 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    ISLA 698 Thesis Research 2 6 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    ISLA 699 Thesis Research 3 12 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  5. Thesis

N.B.: With the permission of the Institute, up to 6 credits could be taken in other departments at McGill or other institutions which may count towards the requirements for the MA degree.

With the approval of the student's supervisor, courses taken with an IIS faculty member in other departments (i.e., History, Anthropology, Political Science) can count toward the coursework requirements in the same way as ISLA courses.


 

Master's Degree in Islamic Studies – Gender and Women’s Studies Concentration

The Graduate Option in Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet degree requirements in Islamic Studies (and other participating departments) who wish to earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. The student’s Master’s thesis must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies.

Degree Requirements

To be granted a Master's degree in Islamic Studies – Gender and Women’s Studies all students must meet the following degree requirements (45 credits):

  1. Residence requirement of three full-time terms (semesters).
  2. Completion of 21 credits of coursework at the 500-level or higher including one 600- or 700-level seminar offered by the Institute (3 credits), including
    ISLA 603 Intro:Res Materials-Islamic St 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

      including
    WMST 601 Feminist Theories and Methods 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    and including
    WMST 602 Feminist Research Symposium 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    or one 3 credit course at the 500-level or higher in gender/women’s issues
  3. Proficiency in Arabic or Persian at the second-year level. Students may enroll in the Arabic or Persian language courses, but the courses at the introductory- and lower intermediate-level will not be credited towards the course requirements. If the student’s programme requires knowledge of an Islamic language other than Arabic or Persian, he/she may register for it after consultation with his/her supervisor.
  4. Thesis courses (total of 24 credits):
    ISLA 697 Thesis Research 1 6 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    ISLA 698 Thesis Research 2 6 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    ISLA 699 Thesis Research 3 12 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  5. Thesis on a topic relating to gender and women’s studies issues.

N.B. With the permission of the Institute, up to 3 credits could be taken in other departments at McGill or other institutions which may count towards the requirements for the MA degree.

With the approval of the student's supervisor, courses taken with an IIS faculty member in other departments (i.e., History, Anthropology, Political Science) can count toward the coursework requirements in the same way as ISLA courses.