Academic Programs

Posted: October 5, 2010 in About the University

Unlike other Islamic universities that have expanded to include a variety of professional programs, the Islamic University of Madinah focuses all of its resources on exclusively religious studies. Although expansions are underway, the university is currently divided into FIVE (5) faculties that focus on different areas of specialization:

  1. The Faculty of Arabic Language
  2. The Faculty of Shari’ah
  3. The Faculty of Hadeeth
  4. The Faculty of Da’wah and Usool-ud-Deen
  5. The Faculty of Qur’an


Students who are granted admission to enroll in the university will study in any one of the faculties over a period of FOUR (4) academic years. Of course, this is with the assumption that they are proficient in the Arabic language, which is the medium of study.

Because the university consists of such a large number of international students, it is expected that many new students do not know the Arabic language. Thus, students who are unable to meet the necessary language qualification must study in an Arabic program for approximately TWO (2) years before moving on to the faculty of their choice.

Students are meant to specialize in a branch of knowledge related to their chosen faculty. Nonetheless, the system is designed so that students have adequate exposure to the sciences taught in all of the faculties. It is highly recommended for students to further strengthen their understanding and increase in knowledge by attending lectures in the Prophet’s Mosque (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and elsewhere.

By the end of the main program of Islamic studies, students graduate with an accredited Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. For those who wish to continue with higher studies, the university also offers various programs towards Master’s and Doctorate degrees for which students can apply. However, if one does not wish to continue or they do not get accepted into the programs of higher studies, students are legally obliged to return to their home country thereafter.


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