FAQs about the Islamic Studies programs
Does Madina Institute offer online/distance learning classes?
Due to popular demand, Madina Institute is now launching a Part-Time Islamic Sciences course. This is for local Muslims in Atlanta, and offered online for distance learning. We also offer the Applied Emotional Intelligence course is offered online for distance learners. All other programs are in-residence. The rich experience of face-to-face relationships with teachers and scholars is truly unparalleled; students really get the most out of their experience at Madina through this classic teaching method – not just in learning and memorizing information, but in purifying the heart and improving their character.
When do classes begin for the 2017 academic year? What is the daily schedule?
Classes officially begin August 9, 2017.
Full-time students are usually in class from 8am – 5pm Sunday through Thursday (with occasional breaks & lunch), and from 8am – 11am on Friday. Saturdays are off.
Is Financial Aid available?
Yes, financial aid is available to applicants of the Associate’s & Bachelor’s degree programs. Financial aid is not available, however, for the Arabic Language & Emotional Intelligence programs. See the Financial Aid section for more information.
How much is tuition and other fees?
Please see the Tuition & Financial Information section.
Does Madina Institute sponsor visas for international students?
At this time, the Madina Institute cannot sponsor study visas for international students.
Is it feasible to complete the course if one is working or studying elsewhere part-time?
If you are pursuing an degree in Islamic Studies, it is full- time. It is quite intense and demanding of one’s time and energy and this is what we have learned from past students. But its intensity is precisely what sets Madina Institute apart from other Islamic colleges & seminaries. We wanted a program that not only imparts critical thinking and study skills in the sciences, but would save you time and money because each year is equivalent to about 2 years in a normal Islamic seminary or madrasa.
Is it feasible to complete the course if one has a spouse and children?
Because of the fast-paced nature of the Degree courses, students must devote a great deal of their time to reading and homework. Therefore although it is possible, it may not be advisable for every family. One should consult with their spouse about arrangements that may be necessary if one decides to undertake this study course.
If you cannot handle the demands of the degree courses however, you may opt for the Part-Time course instead.
Does the program cater to beginner level students of Arabic & Islam?
Yes, it is possible to complete the course without very much prior training in these subjects areas, however having at least taken basic level classes beforehand definitely makes it easier.
Is Madina Institute accredited?
Please see our Accreditation page.
What kind of transportation is available for students?
Complimentary pick-up & drop-off from the airport is provided for students by Madina Institute volunteers.
Out-of-town students sometimes choose to drive to Atlanta so that they always have their own car available for use.
For day-to-day needs, most students either walk to school or shopping, or arrange carpools with students or local Muslims who are happy to give a ride whenever needed. One may also opt to buy a bicycle, take a public bus or taxi to reach their destination (Buses and taxis are generally very safe and secure).