Certification in Islamic Sciences & Chaplaincy


This Certification in Islamic sciences & Chaplaincy program provides students with the opportunity to learn and understand the basics of Islamic Studies and Islamic Chaplaincy. The module will cover the core principles and practices of Islamic Chaplaincy as well as explore the challenges and opportunities of Islamic Chaplaincy. Students who embark on this course will gain a basic understanding of a Islamic Chaplaincy in a range of settings such as: hospitals, prisons, and universities. This program will also give students a foundation education in Islamic Studies. Our unique teaching methodology entails teaching our students the various viewpoints within the bounds of Ahl’ al-Sunnah provided within a contemporary context. 

CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education)

Students seeking further knowledge and experience in the field of Pastoral care will be directed to an accredited CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) program. Here students will gain invaluable hands-on practical experience developing one’s capacity for pastoral and spiritual care for individuals and families. Students who complete their CPE training will gain one unit in CPE Training. One unit of CPE is required by many institutions employing chaplains as well schools training chaplains at higher levels.

Course Requirement

The students that are enrolled for the Certification in Islamic Sciences and Chaplaincy program are required to successfully complete the following courses. In addition the students can enroll to upto 30 hours of elective courses which can include courses in Non-Violence and Peace Studies, courses in Arabic Language studies, additional courses in Islamic Sciences etc.

To view all the courses we offer in detail, please visit our Curriculum page

Required Courses

Courses in Islamic Sciences:

  • Bridge to the Quranic sciences
  • Quranic Virtues & Ethics I
  • Hadith Terminology I
  • Hadith Sciences I
  • Credal Theology (Aqidah) I
  • Prophetic Biography (Seerah) I
  • Islamic Law – Hanafi I
  • Islamic Law – Shafi I
  • Legal Theory – Shafi I
  • Legal Theory – Hanafi I
  • Islamic Spirituality (Tazkiya) I

Courses in Islamic Chaplaincy:

  • Islamic Chaplaincy I
  • Emotional Intelligence I
  • Youth Counseling I
  • Family Counseling I

To view all the courses we offer in detail, please visit our Curriculum page

Program Schedule

Classes run approximately from 1 PM to 5 PM EST on weekdays. Generally the first half of the day (9 AM to 12 PM) is spent on the study of the Arabic language which is not mandatory for this certification program. The second half of the day is scheduled for Islamic Studies classes. Some of the courses and electives are offered on selected weekends with visiting instructors.

Program Format

Note: This applies only if the student choose to take the Applied Quranic Ethics and Virtues course as part of their elective courses.

This 10 month program will be conducted online for a duration of 9 months, and onsite for 1 month. The onsite portion of the program will be conducted during the month of Ramadan and students will be required to travel to the Madina Institute campus in Atlanta, Georgia. At the Atlanta campus students will cover the Applied Quranic Ethics and Virtues course and will have the opportunity to spend time with Shaykh Dr. Muhammad al-Ninowy and other teachers, reliving the age old tradition of Islamic Scholarship of learning from teachers in physical proximity.

Important Note: The onsite part of the program will only be conducted if Madina Institute deems conditions safe for students to travel to the campus given the COVID-19 situation.

Full-time or Part-time Option

Full time students are those students who take all course requirements for graduation within the year. Students who take less than the course requirements within the year and intend on completing the course in over a year are classified as part time students. 



10 months


Full-time or Part-time






  • Have a strong foundational understanding of the various Islamic sciences. This entails a study in the field of theology, Quranic sciences, Hadith sciences, legal theory, jurisprudence and more.
  • You will learn the basics of Islamic Chaplaincy
  • Have clarity and ability to think critically
  • An understanding and implementation of Islamic Ethics*
  • Know the Arabic language at an intermediate level or advanced level*
  • Continue on the chaplaincy path

*Depending on the elective courses selected


Our program is designed for anyone who:
1) Can dedicate 9-10 months full time to learn the foundations of the religion online 
2) Yearns for intellectual & spiritual growth
3) Seeks to become a Community leader, Youth leader, or Chaplain
4) Seeks a Career in Religious Studies


Courses taught by world-renown scholars.


Learn the foundations of faith & more in less than a year.


Earn a Certification at the end of the successful completion of the program

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