The establishment of the UIN is the result of a long and exhausting struggle of Indonesian Muslims, beginning at the time when the institute was still in the form of an academy called ADIA (Akademi Dinas Ilmu Agama or State Academy of Islamic Sciences) from 1957 to 1960. It then became one of the faculties of IAIN Yogyakarta (1960-1963), and finally IAIN Syarif Hidayatullah, from 1963 until Presidential Decree No. 31 of the year 2002 on May 20, 2002, officially saw it become UIN, Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta.
The vision for UIN Jakarta is for it to become a prominent higher learning institution that integrates three different aspects: scientific, Islamic, and Indonesian traditions and learning. The mission is as follows:
To produce scholars with competitive competence in the global context; To implement the reintegration of various sciences; To provide a moral bases for the development of science and technology; To develop sciences through research activities; To contribute to the improvement of the quality of social life. In the academic year of 2002/2003, UIN Jakarta offers study programs in nine faculties of the first strata (S1 or undergraduate level): (1) Faculty of Tarbiya and Teaching Sciences, (2) Faculty of Adab and Humanffies, (3) Faculty of Usul al-Din and Philosophy, (4) Faculty of Shari'a and Law, (5) Faculty of Da'wa and Communication, (6) Faculty of Dirasat Islamiya, (7) Faculty of Psychology, (8) Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, and (9) Faculty of Science and Technology.
1. Faculty of Tarbiya and Teaching Sciences This Faculty is offering studies in the following departments and study programs: Teaching of Islamic Sciences, Teaching of Arabic Language, Islamic Educational Studies (study programs: Supervision of Islamic Education and Management of Islamic Education), Tadris (study programs: Teaching of English, Teaching of Mathematics, and Teaching of Natural Science), Teaching Diploma II, Diploma III, and Diploma IV.
2. Faculty of Adab and Humanities The FacuIty of Adab and Humanities includes the following departments and study programs: Arabic Language and Literature, Islamic History and Civilization, Translation, English Language and Literature, and Library Sciences.
3. Faculty of Usul al-Din and Philosophy This Faculty has the following departments and study programs: Comparative Religion, Sociologyof Religion, Theology and Philosophy, Islamic Political Thought, and Tafsir and Hadith.
4. Faculty of Shali'a and Law The Faculty of Shari'a has the following departments and study programs: Islamic Personal Law (study programs: Islamic Court and Administration of Personal Law Affairs), Islamic Criminal Law and Legal-Political Science (study programs: Islamic Criminal Law and Legal-Political Science), Comparative Jurisprudence and Law (study programs: Comparative Islamic Jurisprudence, Comparative Laws, and Comparative Jurisprudence and Law - Arabic Class) and Mu'amalat (study programs: Shari'a Banking and Islamic Insurance).
5. Faculty of Da'wa and Communication This Faculty has the following departments: Communication and Da'wa, Islamic Guidance and Counseling, Management of Da'wa, and Islamic Community Development.
6. Faculty of Islamic and Arabic Studies This Faculty, which uses Arabic as the language of instruction, has quality standard equal to that of the AI-Azhar University, Egypt. It offers programs in comprehensive Islamic studies in the fields of Shari'a, Aqidah, and Arabic Language.
7. Faculty of Psychology This Faculty has been established for the purpose of graduating scholars with the capability to overcome psychological problems by using religious approach.
8. Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences This Faculty aims to develop economic sciences with Islamic characteristics, i.e. to integrate economic aspects with Islamic teachings in order to graduate professional scholars with a commitment to Islam. It has four study programs: International Relations, Economics Development, Accounting and Management.
9. Faculty of Science and Technology This Faculty is responsible for developing natural sciences and technology imbued with Islamic values. The Faculty has seven study programs: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Information Technology, Information System, and Agribusiness.
In addition to undergraduate programs, UIN is also conducting graduate degrees at master and doctorate levels, including the program of "doctor by research". These programs have the common objective of graduating scholars who are open-minded and responsive to advances in science and technology and capable of developing religious education and conducting researches in religious sciences.
UIN Jakarta also supervises and coordinates the following institutions:
Structural institutions, i.e. work units, the existence of which are explicitly expressed in the structure of UIN organization. Such units are as follows: Research Center, Social Service Center, Computer Center, and the Main Library. Non-Structural Institutions, i.e. institutions that are functionally recognized by the Rector, but are structurally outside the organizational structure of the UIN. The work units that belong to this category are: the Coordinating Office of Private Islamic Higher Learning Institutions (Kopertais) of Region I, Syahid Foundation, Triguna Jaya Foundation, Civil Servants' Cooperative, Board for Islamic Community Services (BUPERDA), Syahid Clinic, Madrasah Pembangunan, UIN Jakarta Press, Ketilang Kindergarten, Students' and Alumni organizations, Center for Languages and Cultures, Center for Women's Studies, Center for Islamic and Social Studies, Center for Human Resources Development, Center for Legal and Human Rights Consultation, Center for Environmental Studies, Center for Management Development, Center for Teaching and Learning Development, Center for the Study of Philosophy, Center for the Development of Science and Technology, Center for the Consultation of Applied Psychology, Center for Entrepreneurship and Economics Development, Indonesian Center for Civic Education, Research Center for Islamic Heritage and Local Project Implementing Unit. The students' organizations are intra-organizations which regulate and implement extra-curricular and scientific students' activities, as well as the development of students' interests and talents at all levels: university, faculties, and departments.