Call for Applications — Islamic Studies MA Programs at Columbia University

The Middle East Institute at Columbia University is excited to announce that applications are open for our two MA programs:

Islamic Studies MA (ISMA)
Dual Degree MA in Islamic Studies and Muslim Cultures at Columbia University (New York) & Aga Khan University (London)

Each of these programs brings together a select cohort of students to delve into the religious and intellectual traditions of Islam and the diverse regional histories, cultures, and social formations of Muslim societies around the world.

A full scholarship and additional funding are available for qualified students.

Deadline for Spring 2022 admission (ISMA only): November 16th, 2021
Deadline for Fall 2022 admission (ISMA and Dual): February 17th, 2022


Virtual Open House
Join us for a virtual open house for prospective students on November 17th at 11am EST to learn more about the MA programs in Islamic Studies at Columbia University. The virtual session will provide a program overview, including curriculum, benefits, admission requirements, deadlines and more. Faculty and staff will be ready to answer your questions. Register for the Virtual Open House on the MEI Website.

Islamic Studies MA
The Islamic Studies Master’s Program focuses on the critical academic study of Islamic religious and intellectual traditions and on the diverse regional histories, cultures, and social formations of Muslim communities around the world. Interdisciplinary in character, our innovative program draws on the range of area specializations, departments and schools represented at Columbia.

Dual Degree MA in Islamic Studies and Muslim Cultures
A unique partnership of two leading universities, the dual program is a 21st Century Muslim Cultures degree that will provide students with transdisciplinary frameworks and tools to understand Muslim cultures in a comparative and historical context.

Students spend the first part of the program at Columbia University in New York, and part two at AKU-ISMC in London, and receive degrees from both institutions.

About MEI and CSMS
The Islamic Studies MA program is hosted by the Middle East Institute (MEI) in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Muslim Societies (CSMS). MEI, founded in 1954, promotes the interdisciplinary study of the Middle East and North Africa together with associated regions of Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and related global communities. CSMS is a collective for new research, integrated, innovative teaching and public outreach on the study of Muslim societies worldwide that addresses majority and minority Muslim societies and their intersections with other religions, cultures, and secular outlooks. Continuing its long-standing tradition of research in the study of Islam, Columbia University currently counts over eighty scholars concerning the various aspects of Muslim societies including those in the Middle East, Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas.


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