The 1-Year Associate of Arts in Islamic Studies (Usul ud-Din) is the perfect program for those who want to take a year completely off to for serious study of Islam and self-improvement. establishes a firm foundation in Islamic Sciences through study of traditional knowledge, examining modern dynamics and traditional responses while preparing students for specialization in the field of their choice.
The 1-Year Associate program also counts as the first year of the Bachelor of Arts program. Graduates of the Associate Degree program not only qualify, but are encouraged to continue on to the Bachelor of Arts Degree.
1-Year Intensive Program
The Associate of Arts in Islamic Studies is a 1-year full-time intensive program. Students must successfully complete 60 credit hours of coursework to receive a degree. Students who fail to complete the requirements within a year have a maximum of 2 years from the graduation date to make-up the work.
NOTE: Due to the demanding nature of this program, it requires the full focus and time of the student. And it’s precisely because of this intensity that you cover so much! Therefore we do NOT recommend this for students who are studying or working part-time elsewhere.
Upon completion of this program, students will leave with a much deeper understanding of Islam and the vast fields of scholarship, and will possess the research, linguistic and critical thinking skills necessary to continue their journey in whatever path they choose – leadership, teaching, community activism, and beyond. They receive an Associate’s degree in Islamic Studies & may also receive a [general] traditional ijazah (Ijazah ‘Ammah) connecting you in the Isnad (chain of scholarly transmission) to Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy and all of the preceding scholars, provided you have fulfilled certain conditions.
I can easily describe my Madina experience in two words: life altering. This program is like a force of nature– each day is filled with so much effort that it is, due to its very essence, impossible for us students not to grow (and Insha’Allah all growth is towards Allah SWT). The environment engulfs us day in and day out so deeply and so richly in Islamic academia that from one week to the next, we can see and feel such a drastic change within our selves.
Sara Abu AlrubMadina Institute, Atlanta, GA
Madina Institute has had a life changing impact on me. To experience, both spiritual and academic, education and training by someone like Shaykh Muhammad is a once in a life time opportunity and lasts forever. What Madina Institute gives you is the keys to seeking true knowledge, and establishes a solid framework and foundation for one’s pursuit of transformational knowledge. Of course, such pursuits are life time journeys and require the companionship of the scholars. One of the most impactful things to me about Madina Institute is the suhba (companionship) with Shaykh Ninowy, inside and outside of the classroom. It helps one learn the adab of Ahlul-‘ilm, and how to maneuver with it in ones interactions with friends, family, peers, and so on. I hope to embody some of that one day.
Mukhtar DarabGraduate of Associate's Degree program, 2016 (Fairfax, VA)
Before Madina I was a young woman who just started practicing my deen. I felt like a brand new person but I yearned to fill my heart with the knowledge of Allah. With all the Islamophobia and slandering of [Islam] it made me question how I could even defend it if I barely knew the basics of my faith. Alhamdulillah I found Madina without even knowing much about Shaykh Ninowy at all and took the leap of faith. It was one of the best decisions of my life. It helped me achieve many spiritual goals and put me on the path to further pursue Islamic studies and serve my community. It also resurrected the poet in me and today I perform poetry sharing my spiritual story and message. I also am active in dawah and lead halaqas frequently. [In the future] I plan on furthering my Islamic studies insha Allah.
Sumaiya TufailGraduate of Associate's Degree program, 2016 (Vancouver, CA)
My time at Madina Institute U.S.A was a truly transformative one; in fact, one could say that it took me on a Hijra from a state of relative confusion, ignorance, and darkness, into a much brighter, clearer, and more wholesome state of being. The program laid out the foundations of the religion before my eyes in a way whereby one cannot help but fall in love with its beauty, and, moreover, it equipped me with the appropriate tools, skills, and lenses to continue my academic and spiritual religious progress and journey.
Dhakir BraunBachelor Degree candidate in Philosophy & History, Toronto
Academic year starts September 2017
Classes are full-time, in-residence
Sun-Thu 8am-5pm, Fri 8am-11am
- Must be age 16+
- Have a passion for seeking knowledge for self-improvement, teaching and spreading the authentic teachings of Islam
- Must be able to read Arabic at least at a basic level (with harakat)
3580 Sweetwater Rd, Duluth, GA 30096
- $50 Application Fee
- $200 Material Fee including books and online access
- $5,050 Course Fee (payable in installments)
This program focuses on the foundational Islamic Sciences, specifically:
- Arabic (‘Ilm al-Lughat al-‘Arabiyyah)
- Islamic Theology & Logic (‘Aqidah & Mantiq)
- Quranic Sciences (‘Ulum al-Quran)
- Hadith Sciences (‘Ulum al-Hadith)
- Jurisprudence (Fiqh – Hanafi, Shafi’i, and comparative Fiqh)
- Legal Theory (Usul al-Fiqh)
- Prophetic Biography & History (Sirah & Tarikh)
- Spirituality & Purification of the Heart (Tazkiyah)
- Applied Emotional Intelligence