1-Year Associate’s Degree Program in Islamic Studies


The 1-Year Islamic Studies Degree Program combines the essentials of Islamic Studies and Arabic Language Studies to provide an accessible means to studying the Deen. This accelerated track offers the opportunity to study in a faster time frame and more efficient manner. The program offers a well-rounded curriculum with courses in Fiqh, Arabic, Islamic History, Quran, Hadith, Seerah, Legal Theory and more. Students complete the program with the theory and practical skills needed to have a foundational understanding of their faith. At the end of the 1 year, students are eligible to receive a completion certificate and an Associate’s degree, with the option to continue on to our 3-year program.

The Madina Methodology

Our teaching methodology is extremely unique in its process to teach students the variety of viewpoints within the bounds of Ahl’ Sunnah. This approach provides students with an unbiased understanding of many schools of thought. At Madina, we believe in providing knowledge and information, not indoctrinating a particular point of view. This results in a well-rounded seeker of knowledge. We believe in bringing the best scholars to the students, without requiring the students to travel the world to seek the knowledge they crave. Each student has the opportunity to interact with and study under scholars in a variety of fields from all across the world. We provide students with in-class instruction and one-on-one attention from each teacher.

Program Curriculum

The 1-Year Associate’s Degree Program curriculum offers a well-rounded study of Islamic studies and Arabic language studies.

Program Objectives

The main objectives of the program include providing students with the means to study their deen in an academic, traditional and practical manner, earning an advanced level of Arabic on the international APPL exam, foundational understanding of the Islamic faith, and the tools needed to access traditional texts and scholars from around the world. Students who meet the requirements will also be eligible to continue on to the 3-year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Program Schedule

The program’s duration is approximately 10 months with 60+ credit hours of in-class instruction. Due to the intensity of the program, it is recommended to spend 4 hours per day of study time outside of class. Students have one to two days off per week and regular breaks throughout the year.



10 months




in-class instruction


  • Foundational knowledge of the principles of Islam, in practice and theory.
  • The tools needed to navigate the daily demands of faith in practice.
  • Practical skills to effectively convey a message through a halaqa, khutbah or lecture format.
  • Well rounded grasp of the Arabic language through reading, writing, listening and speaking activities.


This program is designed for anyone interested in an accelerated pace of studying Islamic Studies and Arabic with the ability to dedicate one year to studying on-site. Applicants must be 16+ years old with a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. No previous Arabic or Islamic Studies background is required, though dedication to studies and time management are essential to success. 

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