Islamic Studies Graduate Certificate

Just steps from the State Department and numerous other government agencies, nonprofits and NGOs, the Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies provides valuable insight into the world of Islam - both Sunni and Shi'ite. The conflict between these two factions lies at the root of many contemporary issues in the Middle East and beyond. This turmoil has made the Islamic world a priority in foreign affairs, and knowledge of the faith's complex cultural intricacies is more important than ever.

The program guides professionals in related fields through critical aspects of Islam. Students graduate with the expertise needed to advance their careers and effectively navigate projects involving the Islamic world.

Program Highlights

Applications are due April 1, 2020, for fall 2020 enrollment!


In Islamic Studies, a World of Students Share Insights

The Religion Department’s Islamic Studies program is attracting a diversity of students from around the globe—including a host of young people from Muslim nations.

New MA in Islam Bridges Gaps

Something rather special, even symbolic, happened at GW in 2012 when Religion Department faculty members Robert Eisen and Mohammad Faghfoory collaborated together to create a new master’s degree program  in Islamic Studies.

A Question of Faith

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Professor Robert Eisen explores religion’s contrasting faces. How can faith instill caring and compassion towards others but also foment hatred and violence?

Meet the Chair

Irene Oh is Associate Professor of Religion and former director of the Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Program at The George Washingt