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What will I learn?

The UCLA Islamic Studies program, founded in the late 1950’s, is among the oldest of such programs in the country. The program is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of Islam and global Muslim communities. Students work with affiliated faculty whose regional specializations include North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia and whose interests span the rise of Islam up to the modern period. Islamic Studies courses are offered across academic fields and disciplines including history, law, Arabic, comparative literature, anthropology, sociology, study of religion, philosophy, and art and art history.

The MA program serves as a gateway to the PhD track. It is also useful for students seeking careers in teaching, business, journalism, government service, public policy and other areas for which advanced knowledge of Muslim cultures and civilization and Islamic history would be useful.

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (7 quarters)

Tuition fees
US$32,374.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

Expected September 2023


College of Letters and Science

2300 Murphy Hall,



90095, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum score of 570 in paper based TOEFL.

For international students

Applicants are normally expected to have completed the equivalent of one course in early Islamic history and three courses in Islamic cultures and institutions. Applicants are expected to demonstrate intermediate level proficiency in one of the major languages of countries with Muslim majorities or very large Muslim minorities, including Arabic, Berber, Hausa, Indonesian, Iranian languages, Malay, Swahili, Turkic languages, Urdu, Wolof, and Yoruba.

IELTS Academic overall band score should be at least 7.0 is the minimum required.

TOEFL score on the paper and pencil test must be at least 560 or at least 87 on the internet-based test.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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