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The MAIS program at RGS offers a unique two-track option. Students may opt to follow the Professional Track, which will prepare them for leadership positions in the community, either as an Imam, Chaplain, or working in public policy, law, foreign service, business, or journalism.

Alternately, they may choose to follow the Academic Track, which will prepare them to continue their studies onto the Ph.D. level.

Persons interested in the MAIS program, or courses offered by RGS in general, may follow one of the following application procedures:

Degree Applications

Persons who plan to enroll in the MAIS program as a degree student are required to submit the following documents:

Degree Student Application Form that includes the following items:
• Non-refundable $30 application fee
• Two letters of recommendation: one preferably from a current or former instructor. Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the recommenders. The application form asks for the email addresses of recommenders. This generates an email to recommenders containing a link to a recommendation form.
• A personal statement outlining the following points:
– Educational background of the applicant
– Goals for applying to MAIS program

Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate studies.

Applicants who are not native speakers of English or who have not received a higher education degree in an English-speaking country are required to submit a valid IBT TOEFL score of no less than 80 or pass the English proficiency exam at RGS. 

Upon completion of the application, the applicant will receive an email stating the status of their application and the expected time frame for a final decision.

Non-Degree Applications

Persons who plan to register for courses offered by RGS without seeking the MAIS degree are required to submit a Non-Degree Student Application Form. Please note that non-degree students are responsible for completing the requirements of the courses they take and they receive credit for courses when they finish them.

Non-Degree Student Application Form that includes the following items:
• Non-refundable $30 application fee
• A personal statement outlining the following points:
– Educational background of the applicant
– Purpose for taking courses at RGS

Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate studies.

Once the application has been submitted, the applicant will be notified regarding their application with further instructions if necessary.

If Non-Degree Candidates decide to become degree candidates, they are to complete the balance of their applications (letters of recommendation), update their personal statements and present their applications to the Admissions Committee. If admitted to degree status, the course credits already earned will be applied to their programs.

Auditors

Auditors normally are to provide the Registrar with a transcript or other appropriate evidence (e.g., a diploma) indicating they have a bachelor degree or its equivalent. Auditors are not required to fulfill the course requirements and they receive neither grades nor credit for the courses. A transcript filed with the Registrar will indicate the designation AU. The designation is given for auditors who have attended at least one third of the class sessions. They are expected to do any readings and may participate in class discussions. The following costs, including access to the RGS Library, are:

Each Course: $300

Alumni: $200

Seniors (60+) $200

Auditors may simply apply online here. Please contact our registrar at aunal@respectgs.us or 610 4191751 ext.102 if you have any questions. The number of auditors enrolled in each class is limited and is also subject to instructor approval.

Note: Accrediting Agencies such as the Middle States Council on Higher Education (MSCHE) limit the percentage of persons who do not have bachelor degrees who may take or audit a course. The RGS Administration will consider this limitation on a case-by-case basis as applications are evaluated.