The Certificate in Islamic Thought combines Islamic credentials with academic rigor, along with a flexible schedule which suits working professionals, Imams, chaplains, community leaders, and students. The objective of this program is to provide academically sound, faith-based education in Islamic studies, rooted within IIIT's approach and taught by outstandingscholars of Islam.
Students are required to take seven core courses, two Arabic language courses, and three electives (10 hours each), for a total of 120 hours of instruction. They can take two or more courses per semester. The Certificate can be completed in a year but most students will probably take 2 years to complete it. Those who are not interested in acquiring a CIT are welcome to take individual classes at their own pace and choice.
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The Fairfax Institute is a religious institution exempt from state regulation and oversight in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Pursuant to 8 VAC 40-21-50 of the Virginia Administrative Code, The Fairfax Institute is exempt from regulations of the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia for a period of five years, beginning June 8, 2016, and ending June 8, 2021, as long as the institution's primary purpose remains to provide religious training or theological education.