This 75-unit course of study is an Islamic Chaplaincy concentration within the Chicago Theological Seminary’s accredited Master of Divinity degree program, and can be completed in 3 academic years by enrolling in courses in the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. The concentration in Islamic Chaplaincy provides men and women with a grounding in the Islamic intellectual and ethical tradition, and cultivates practical skills in spiritual care, interfaith and intercultural engagement, leadership, and chaplaincy in various contexts.
Students enrolled in Bayan’s program at CTS take 75% of their courses with Bayan faculty and 25% of their courses with CTS faculty. In addition, as part of the program’s 75 units, students complete one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in an ACPE-approved program in their local area, and they complete a Field Education experience in a local organization, house of worship, or other approved setting.
The program structure (breakdown of course hours) is shown below. Courses offered for each category can be found in the Course Descriptions.
Required: Five (5) Courses for All Degree Plans
Substitution: "Islamic Leadership and Spirituality" only allowed to replace “Islamic Ethics” for Islamic Leadership students.
Additional Required Courses for this Concentration:
Students further develop their reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills, while expanding their vocabulary. They will master more complex grammar and syntax involving
Elective Courses for this Concentration (Four):
Students may select four courses from any elective offerings from Bayan or CTS, and are recommended to select from the following Bayan courses:
The Life, Times and Teachings of the Prophet Muhammad
This course focuses on the life experiences and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, taking into account the historical context, social norms, and religious atmosphere of pre-Islamic Arabia. Students learn about the Prophet’s character and qualities, his
Preaching and Public Presentation of Islam
This key leadership development course cultivates skills for effective preaching and public speaking about Islam, and enables emerging Muslim leaders to address questions involving Islamic law in a contextual manner. Topics include freedom of expressio
Islam in America
This course covers the origins, key historical milestones, and institutional developments of Muslims in North America. Students will develop a critical understanding of internal and external discourses about Islam in the West. The political, social and
Global Islamic Movements and Ideologies
This course is an introduction to the major figures, issues, ideologies, and texts of the 20th century and early 21st century of Islamic thought. We shall analyze the responses given to the challenges of modernity, postmodernity, colonialism, and post-