Skip to main content

Master of Arts in Muslim Studies


In the MA in Muslim Studies, you will focus on the tools and techniques needed to analyze the theology, traditions, and worldview of Islam. You will engage in research and analysis that contributes to the ministry of cross-cultural life and work among Muslim



The M.A. in Muslim Studies equips you to:

  • Demonstrate skill in identifying and analyzing cultural issues.
  • Evaluate current strategies regarding the global mission of God among Muslims.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in cross-cultural analysis, research, and writing about the global mission of God among Muslims.

Available Formats:

TraditionalOffered in a traditional format on our Columbia campus.
HybridCombines intensive courses in Columbia, Atlanta, or Korntal, Germany with online courses making it possible for you to complete your program without relocating.
OnlineOffered fully online making it possible for you to complete your program without relocating.

New York City Option

New York City International Project

In partnership with the New York City International Project, CIU students can complete much or perhaps all of the MA in Intercultural or Muslim Studies (program 2 only) while serving in an exciting church planting internship among Muslims and internationals in New York City. Students may be enrolled full or part-time through CIU’s Online Studies. 

Get started today.

Course requirements and suggested program of study

Request more information

Apply Now


  • Mission Service: short-term to long-term missionaries in cross-cultural service in the Muslim world; mission agency office support person; mission mobilizer.
  • Non-governmental Worker: serving in a non-governmental organization (NGO) in the Muslim world or among Muslim immigrants to other countries.
  • Peacemaking: serving as a advocate for peace where there is conflict among Muslims themselves and between Muslims and people of other faiths. 
  • Academic Careers: The thesis option track of the MA in Muslim Studies is designed to prepare students for further graduate work, especially a PhD in Islamic Studies, Intercultural Studies or a related discipline. With a PhD, students have the potential to teach at the college, seminary, and university level in North America and abroad. 
Featured Faculty: 
Mike Barnett
Dean of the College of Intercultural Studies

B.A., University of Houston; M. Div., Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

David G. Cashin
Professor of Intercultural Studies

B.A., Gordon College; M.A., Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh; M.A., Ph.D., Stockholm University, Sweden

Trevor Castor Trevor Castor
Assistant Director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies
Warren Larson Warren F. Larson
Professor Emeritus

Diploma, Peace River Bible Institute; B.Th., Vancouver Bible College; M.Miss., Canadian Theological Seminary; M.Div., Trinity Western University; Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary

Ed Smither
Professor of Intercultural Studies

B.A., North Carolina State University; M.A., M.Div.,Liberty University; Ph.D., University of Wales-Trinity Saint David; Ph.D., University of Pretoria