Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy

18 units (6 courses)

Earning a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy can be a great option as an alternative to the full MDiv degree.

  • If you already have a Master’s or post-graduate degree in religious studies or a related field, and want to gain a foundation in chaplaincy and spiritual care, the certificate can enhance your professional profile and help you become eligible for chaplaincy-oriented positions in institutions.
  • Even if you don’t have a graduate degree or any plans to pursue a Master’s in chaplaincy, a certificate can enhance your career and lead to new opportunities.
  • Starting in the certificate program can be a great way to take graduate courses at Bayan and better understand the field. You can transfer up to 12 units (4 courses) from the certificate into a full degree program, or complete the remaining 6 units and earn the certificate.


The certificate requires completing the following 3-unit courses:

Courses offered by CTS:

  • Introduction to Chaplaincy Studies (Dr. Zachary Moon)
  • Living into Our Commitments (Dr. Rachel Mikva)
  • One CTS chaplaincy/spiritual care elective

Courses offered by Bayan:

  • Theories and Practices of Spiritual Care
  • Facilitating Islamic Life Cycle Rituals
  • One Bayan chaplaincy/spiritual care elective

Depending on the scheduling of the above courses, and the preferred course load of the student, the chaplaincy certificate can be completed in 2-4 terms (roughly one academic year). Some courses must be taken when offered in the Summer term.


A number of courses are offered in a fully-online format, involving weekly self-paced work online throughout the term, with a few live online meetings with the instructor and classmates. Some courses, however, are offered only in a “hybrid-intensive” format, in which most of the contact time with instructors takes place in-person on campus in Chicago during one week scheduled during the middle of the term. These intensives also involve several live online meetings before and after the intensive week.


Tuition for Bayan’s academic programs is collected by the Chicago Theological Seminary, at the prevailing rate set by the host seminary. The current tuition for each 3-unit graduate course is USD $2846. Thus, the total tuition for the certificate is $17,076.

There are no scholarships or financial aid options available to certificate students. Those who choose to transfer certificate courses into a full degree program may become eligible for scholarships and financial aid for the courses taken thereafter in the degree program.


Students must apply for admission into Bayan’s degree and certificate programs through the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS). Select “Student at Large and Certificate Programs (SAL)” when starting a new application at the following website:



  • Tahara Akmal, MA (Chaplain Supervisor, Reading Health, PA)
  • Dr. Hamada Altalib (Yale School of Medicine)
  • Najah Bazzy, RN (Founder, Zaman International, Dearborn, MI)
  • Fouad Elgohari, MA (Instructor, Bayan)
  • Khalid Latif (Executive Director, Islamic Center of New York University)
  • Dr. Omar Mahmood (Clinical Neuropsychologist, Sidra Institute, Doha, Qatar)
  • Dr. Ingrid Mattson (University of Western Ontario, London, Canada)
  • Dr. Aasim Padela (Medical College of Wisconsin)
  • Dr. Kameelah Mu’min Rashad (Muslim Wellness Foundation)