Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of Graduate Degree does Respect Graduate School offer?

We offer a Master of Arts in Islamic Studies in conjunction with the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy (ISRA) and Charles Sturt University (CSU).

Will my masters degree be from Respect Graduate School?

No, although you will register with RGS and take several courses with us, the final degree will be issued by Charles Sturt University. This degree is accredited through the Australian government and is internationally recognized (See World Education Services).

Why has Respect partnered with ISRA and CSU for their Masters program?

By collaborating with these institutions, Respect is hoping to serve a larger community who might not necessarily have access to accredited degrees.  Through our partnership we are able to offer an accredited Master’s degree, fully online. This allows students all over the world to get a higher education without the difficulty and expense of applying for visas and travelling.

What is the admissions deadline?

RGS will continue to accept applications for the Fall until September 7th. The deadline for Spring applications is January 20th.

I am an international student. How can I apply?

RGS offers all courses 100% online, so there is no need for visa applications. You can apply by completing the form on the registration page.

Do you offer financial aid?

Respect Graduate School does offer financial aid to a limited number of students each semester based on need.  Additionally, along with offering the most competitive price for graduate level education, students who complete the masters program are eligible to have RGS refund 30% of the tuition charged by Charles Sturt University for the four courses taught by ISRA. Please contact to see if you qualify for financial aid today.

Do you have a TOEFL cut-off?

Applicants whose native language is other than English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate program in an English-speaking country must submit a valid  IBT TOEFL score of no less than 60 or a IELTS score of no less than 6. Applicants who do not meet the TOEFL requirement may be granted provisional admission at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. 

What if I already know Arabic?

Students who would like to test out of the required Arabic courses may elect to complete a proficiency exam. Please contact the Dean of Academics for further information.

Must I have completed my bachelor’s degree in Islamic or Religious Studies in order to apply; and would a degree in those fields improve my chances of admission?

Applicants to the MAIS program are not required to have prior education in a relevant field, neither will such students be extended preferential treatment. RGS values academic diversity and believes that students with diverse undergraduate experiences will offer rich intellectual perspectives.

Will any courses be offered on Campus at Respect Graduate School?

No, all of the classes will be fully online. However, students who live near our campus will have full access to our facilities, masjid, and library.

Can I take classes without applying to the program?

Students may choose to register as an auditor. Auditors participate in the course and pay the same tuition, but are not responsible for completing assignment and do not receive credit for courses. Students may also want to consider one of our non-credit certification programs such as the Qur’an Certificate Program.

What happens after I complete and submit my online application to the MAIS program?

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

I am having trouble submitting an online application, what can I do?

Please contact our registrar for help with your application.

When do I need to send in my documents to support my online application?

Ideally, you should upload all documents with your online application.  All documents must be received before the registration deadline.

Do my papers get sent back to me?

Please do not send us your original documents as RGS does not return documents. Send copies only.

Can I defer my offer?

Yes, deferral is available with RGS. Simply notify the registrar.

Is my offer for full time or part time study?

Offers to study with RGS can be full-time or part time, depending on your schedule and desired workload.  Once you accept your offer, you will be able to log into Populi, the school’s college management system, and increase your study load by varying your enrollment, however, we advise that you discuss your enrollment with the Dean of Academics before increasing or decreasing your study load.

Who can I contact if I have questions about my application?

If you have any questions after you have submitted your application contact the Admissions Team.

If you need advice on our program or registration, please feel welcome to contact us by email at or phone at 610.419.1751.