Master of Arts (Islamic Studies)


The Master of Arts (Islamic Studies) is designed to prepare Christian missionaries who desire specialized preparation in the area of Islamic Studies. Degree candidates will obtain more effective skills for reaching and making Christian disciples of people with an Islamic background.

The Islamic Studies program recognizes that some students have served or plan to serve in a non-Arabic context. In order to provide them with an appropriate program of study, there is the a non-language track in which students substitute 6 hours of courses in the Selectives category for the 6 hours of Arabic language courses.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted as a candidate for the Master of Arts (Islamic Studies), a student must fulfill the following requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or its equivalent;
  • Experience in ministry to persons of Islamic background or a clear statement of purpose to do so in the future.

Degree Requirements

Course Title Course Number Hours

General Theological Studies

Biblical Hermeneutics BIBST 3203 3
Old Testament I OLDTS 3313 3
Old Testament II OLDTS 3323 3
New Testament I NEWTS 3313 3
New Testament II NEWTS 3323 3
Systematic Theology I SYSTH 3053 3
Systematic Theology II SYSTH 3063 3
Systematic Theology III SYSTH 3073 3
Church History I CHAHT 3103 3
Church History II CHAHT 3113 3
Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
Spiritual Formation I SPFEV 3101 1
Spiritual Formation II SPFEV 3111 1

Language Studies

Beginning Arabic I & II


MODLG 3513 & MODLG 3523

Non-Language Track (choose 2 additional courses from Selectives)    

Practical Missiology & Islamic Studies

Introduction to Missiology MISSN 3363 3
Sharing Christ with Muslims ISLST 4223 3

Islamic Studies Foundational

Christian Inquiry into Islamic Faith and Practice ISLST 4283 3
Islamic Texts: Qur'an and Hadith ISLST 4273 3
Ishmael/Arabs in Biblical History ISLST 4253 3
Fok Islam ISLST 4213 3
Historical Developments in Islam ISLST 4313 3

Selectives (Choose one for the language track or 3 for the Non-Language track)

Intro to Qur'anic Arabic (Language Track) MOLDG 4513 3
Advanced Qur'anic Arabic (Language Track) MOLDG 4523 3
Field Language Study   3
Church Planting in a Muslim Context/ International Church Planting ISLST 5483 3
Free Elective    3
Muslims, Martyrs, & Materialism- Contemporary Issues in Islam ISLST 4323 3

Summative Evaluation

Islamic Studies Summative Oral Exam ISLST 5890 0
  Total 65

*Field Language Option available for 6 hours in other Islamic Field Language (e.g. Indonesian, Urdu, Turkish, etc. IMB 2-year field qualifications or equivalent suffice for this required credit.)

Additional Information

Students interested in more complete information regarding the program should contact the Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at 817-923-1921 extension 6400. Students may also contact the Office of the Registrar at 817-923-1921 extension 2000 or visit in Flemming 104 in the B.H. Carroll Memorial Building.