The majority of graduate programs are NOT impacted by recent government announcements about tuition increases.

PhD students from the rest of Canada will continue to pay Quebec fees.
International PhD fees will see the same 3% increase as Quebec fees.

Islamic Studies (M.A.)

Program Description

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Islamic Studies (Thesis) offered by the Institute of Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Arts is a research-intensive program that emphasizes contemporary and advanced learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in critical thinking, literature review, and research dissemination to either continue their studies or pursue professional opportunities.

The program may also be taken with a Gender and Women's Studies option where students focus their coursework 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 or women’s studies.

Keywords: Arabic, Persian, Islamic Studies, Women’s Studies, Middle Eastern, Urdu, Turkish, South Asia, Islamic theology, Islamic philosophy, Anthropology of Islam.

Unique Program Features

  • The Institute is strongly international atmosphere and low student-faculty ratio provide an opportunity for face-to-face exchange among professors and students at various levels;
  • The Institute regularly invites prominent scholars in the field of Islamic Studies to give lectures;
  • Courses are offered in the Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu languages;
  • The Institute houses the Islamic Studies Library (ISL) which is considered one of North America's largest collections in Islamic Studies;
  • With the approval of the student's supervisor, courses may be taken with Institute of Islamic Studies affiliated Faculty members in other departments (i.e., History, Anthropology, Political Science) to can count toward the program's coursework requirements.

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

MA in Islamic Studies website

Department Contact

Graduate Program info.islamics [at] (subject: MA%20in%20Islamic%20Studies) (email)

Available Intakes


Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 December 15 December 15

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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