PhD in Leadership

PhDinLeadershipFirstCohort2017 The PhD in leadership programme intends to equip the reflective practitioners and ground their knowledge to African realities without neglecting the competencies needed for global leadership. It provides an opportunity for those who has a M.A. in Leadership to further develop their skills, knowledge and aptitude as competent leaders. The expected outcome of the learning experience are graduates who will provide effective leadership within their local communities and countries, while being totally comfortable and confident to occupy a position at the global level, if called to do so, in order to enhance the synergy of the Church, the community and society

  • A well-rounded curriculum designed to equip and train leaders without plucking them out of their context, thus combining a unique African perspective with a global one.
  • An educational programme of the highest quality at an affordable price.
  • Exposure to the dynamics of leadership through interaction with well qualified and spiritually committed faculty coming from all over the world.
  • Earning of a recognized degree from a chartered institution.
  • Studying in a modern institution with easy access to the facilities (lecture halls, internet, library, etc.).
  • Furthering the development of research skills to do empirical studies with the aim of building, enhancing and sharing knowledge with both researchers and practitioners
  • Getting an opportunity to develop a network of professionals from all over the world

  1. Organizational Leadership
  2. Business and Not-for-Profit Leadership
  3. Public Health 
No Courses Credits Hours  
1 LEAD 702 - Biblical Foundations for Leadership 3  
2 LEAD 712 - Legal and Policy Aspects of Leadership 3  
3 LEAD 735 - Ethical/Moral Formation for Leadership in Africa    3  
4 LEAD 740 - Emotional and Social Intelligence for Leaders 3  
5 LEAD 743 - Leadership in Cross-Cultural Setting 3  
6 LEAD 763 -  Leadership Competencies and Change Management 3  


LEAD 711 – Corporate Strategic Leadership and Systems Thinking



LEAD 739 - Leadership and Governance Issues

3 LEAD 773 – Developmental Theories in Organizational  Leadership 3  
4 LEAD 753 - Leadership and Spirituality 3  
5 LEAD 783 - Selected Leadership Competencies 3  
6 LEAD 787 - Advanced Topics in Organizational Leadership Research 3  
Electives for Organizational Leadership (Select one course from the electives) 18  
1 LEAD 738- Performance-Driven Leadership in Organizations 3  
2 LEAD 750 - Theories of Team Building for Leadership Excellence 3  
3 LEAD 773 Developmental Theories and Leadership 3  
4 LEAD 775 - Leadership Theories, Models and Styles 3  
5 LEAD 777 -The Influence of Worldview on Comprehension of Truth 3  
6 LEAD 703 – Theology and Practice of Leadership 3  
1 BUAD 708 Business, Church and Society 3  
2 BUAD 723 - Advanced Strategic Management and Planned Change 3  
3 BUAD 734 - Issues in Organizational Leadership and Management 3  
4 BUAD 776– Advanced Conflict and Crisis Management 3  
5 BUAD 816 - Applied Entrepreneurship and Creativity 3  
6 BUAD 815 - Advocacy, Lobbying and N/working for Organizations 3  
Electives for Business and Not-for-Profit Leadership (Select one course) 18  
1 BUAD 711 - Corporate Strategic Leadership and Systems Dynamics 3  
2 BUAD 731 - Public Procurement Policy and Supply Chain Management 3  
3 BUAD 742- Financial Management 3  
4 BUAD 745 - International Business Environment 3  
5 BUAD 805 -  Advanced Project Management and Resource Mobilization 3  
1 PHAD 713: Communication Skills in Public Health Leadership  3  
2 PHAD 788: Issues in Public Health Leadership 3  
3 PHAD 789: Public Health Policy Development and Management 3  
4 PHAD 814: Advanced Topics in Public Health Leadership Research 3  
5 PHAD 842: Group Dynamics and Team Leadership in Public Health 3  
6 PHAD 856: Law and Ethics for Public Health Leaders 3  
Electives for Public Health Leadership (Select one course) 3  
1 PHAD 721 Global Health Ethics 3  
2 PHAD 724 Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Health Programs 3  
3 PHAD 764 Financial Management in Public Health 3  
4 PHAD 767 Competencies for Public Health Leadership Excellence 3  
5 PHAD 857 Public Health Informatics in Healthcare Management 3  
1 BURM 790 Research Methods and Statistics 3  
2 BURM 791 Applied Qualitative Research Method 3  
3 BURM 792 Applied Quantitative Research Method 3  
1 LEAD 899 Dissertation 12  

Course delivery for the programme is a mixture of blended, face-to-face, and online learning.

  1. A Master’s degree in Leadership or its equivalent with a minimum of 42 semester credits and a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.33 (on a 4-point system)
  2. A relevant Master’s degree with a minimum of 42 semester credits and a minimum CGPA of 3.33. In some cases, selected leadership core courses may be required as programme prerequisites/bridging courses
  3. Successful completion of at least six (6) credits of coursework in research and statistics at the postgraduate level. This requirement is in addition to the completed and accepted thesis/project done at the postgraduate level
  4. A statement of purpose, career goals and commitment to academic excellence is required. This statement should be a maximum of five (5) pages, typed, double-spaced. It should be submitted together with the other application materials
  5. Three letters of recommendation are to be submitted with the application materials:
  • One professional recommendation
  • One academic recommendation
  • One character recommendation

Master of Science in Applied Computer Science

About the ProgramThe Master of Science in Applied Computer Science is a program meant to answer the need of developing effective competencies in information technology and security, to meet the need of Africa and the world. The graduates will have the theory in computer and information science and the ability to translate the theory into everyday life in their current employment position as they plan, design and manage computer information systems in the local and global contexts.

A program of study can be selected in the following areas:

  • Cyber Security
  • E-Services
  • Networks and Systems Administration

  • A recognized degree from a Chartered University
  • Be taught by well-qualified and dedicated international faculty with a wealth of experience
  • Great opportunities to interact with students from different countries and enhance networking
  • State of the art facilities
  • Opportunity for committed and focused students to graduate on time (2 years for fulltime and 4 years for partime)

Course delivery for the program is a mixture of blended, face-to- face, and online learning. It is being currently offered at the AUA main campus, in Kenya.
1. Students that are able to take two sessions in a year complete the programme in two years.2. Part-time students who take only one session per year will complete the programme in four years.

  1. Satisfy the general University admission requirements.

  2. A Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or equivalent from a recognized University, and a CGPA of not less than 2.5.

For direct questions about Adventist University of Africa’s MSc in Applied Computer Science programme, please contact the Programme Coordinator: Dr. Lossan BondeEmail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Master of Chaplaincy

Master of Chaplaincy The Master of Chaplaincy (MChap) degree programme provides basic post-graduate professional preparation for chaplaincy ministries with a broad exposure to other fields of theological study. The MChap programme is intended for those men and women who already have an undergraduate background in ministerial studies and who desire to obtain the basic preparation needed to become professional chaplains. It is also designed to enable practicing pastors/chaplains and intending chaplains to pursue a higher degree.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church operates hundreds of health and educational institutions at all levels in Africa.  These institutions need trained and competent chaplains. Further, the Adventist Church in Africa is active in ministering to Adventist and non-Adventist students in public primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, as well as persons in military and correctional institutions. There are very few certified chaplains serving the church in Africa as Chaplaincy Directors or chaplains where certified chaplains are needed. This programme is therefore intended to respond to the need to train and equip chaplains with the relevant skills needed.

  1. Obtain a knowledge of the nature and content of the Bible, a working methodology for biblical study and interpretation, and a clear formulation and personal integration of the student’s own understanding of the message of the Bible.
  2. Develop competence in the pastoral function, pastoral skills, and knowledge of theology and behavioral science.
  3. Develop the ability to formulate ethical concepts and to apply them in different contemporary life situations.
  4. Reflect on one’s self as a person and pastor in relationship to persons in crisis.
  5. Develop an understanding of the skills for intensive and extensive pastoral counseling to persons of various religious and non-religious backgrounds.
  6. Develop a commitment to a lifelong, intentional process of spiritual development and professional growth.
  7. Grow in the areas related to God’s personal call that requires further development

In addition to the general requirements of the University for admission into the Master of Chaplaincy applicants must: 

  1. Have an undergraduate degree in Theology/Religion with a minimum of 2.5-grade point average (on a 4.0 point scale) or its equivalent.
  2. Have a minimum of 4-full years of experience in pastoral ministry or related profession.
  3. Direct entrants must have a minimum of 3.0-grade point average and fulfill all other admission requirements.
  4. Must request their former universities and employing organizations to send recommendations directly to the AUA Office of Admissions


Master of Divinity

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Admissions Ongoing!

Apply and complete applications by May 16, 2021.

Online classes start on August 30, 2021.

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The Master of Divinity (MDiv) programme is intended to provide practical, theological, and ministerial skills for individuals with Bachelor’s degree in Theology/Religion or who either do not have Bachelor’s degree in Theology, but have manifested a calling to the pastoral ministry. It shall function as a pathway for the Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Philosophy degree for persons who desire to obtain higher competencies and skills in an area of practical theology.  

The Seventh-day Adventist Church membership is growing in Africa. Presently, the membership constitutes about 40% of that of the global Adventist church.  Further, it is also evident that an average pastor in Africa is responsible for about 10 churches with a growing membership. These situations call for more trained pastors and even lay leaders who have basic ministerial training.  The MDiv programme is intended to fill this need.

  1. Gain theoretical and practical knowledge of the nature and content of the Bible, a working methodology for biblical study and interpretation, and a clear formulation and personal integration of the student’s own understanding of the message of the Bible in the given situation.
  2. Acquire knowledge of the central doctrines of Christianity and of the historical models that have been used to articulate and apply them.
  3. Acquire the ability to formulate theological and ethical concepts in light of the heritage of the whole church and to apply these concepts in contemporary life situations.
  4. Gain an understanding of Christian ministry founded on biblical mandates, informed by the church’s heritage and relevant to its present circumstances.
  5. Develop a commitment to a lifelong, intentional process of spiritual development and professional growth.
  6. Experience growth in the areas related to God’s personal call that requires further development.

For admission into the Master’s programme, Master of Divinity applicants must: 

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree in Theology/Religion with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a 4-point scale or its equivalent grade of 60%. Applicants with a CGPA of 2.5 to 2.99 or 55% to 59% may be accepted on probation.

  2. Those with non-Theology/non-Religion bachelor’s degrees may be accepted subject to having the above-stated CGPA and completing an additional 30 credits.

  3. Submit a letter of recommendation from the local Church Board.

  4. Submit your name, email address and designation of a referee from your previous university OR from the employing organization (if currently employed) to the AUA Office of Admissions. AUA will contact the referee for recommendation. The applicant should seek the consent of the referee before submitting their details.

  5. Must demonstrate proficiency in English.


Master of Public Health (MPH)

The MPH programme at the School of Postgraduate Studies offers you the opportunity to earn your Master of Public Health from the highly ranked Adventist University of Africa. Strong communities are the foundation of public health, and the Adventist University of Africa is committed to outreach services, training, and research efforts necessary to build our students. Through rigorous academics and on-campus, online, and Extension Instructional Location the programme aims to directly impact the well being of our students, the people of the African Continent and the world at large. Through educational programmes, research initiatives and a service-driven mission, the school is committed to empowering underserved populations and advancing the health of communities around the globe. Information technology is integral in the delivery of every course including the delivery of content materials, student assignments, and communication within the students.

A program of study can be selected in the following areas:

  • Environmental Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Nutrition

  • AUA is a Chartered University;
  • AUA is a modern University strengthened by diversity and committed to quality and excellence;
  • AUA has well-qualified and dedicated international faculty with a wealth of experience;
  • AUA offers value-based education that prepares its graduates to be socially responsible and ethically upright;
  • Our interactive classes help students learn from each other’s career and work experiences;

This mode is offered only on the main campus. Classes are taken in the evening and weekends for two and a half years to complete the whole program. Course delivery is a mixture of interactive face-to-face, online, and on-site sessions.
The cohort mode is offered on three extension campuses in Helderberg College in South Africa, Valley View University in Ghana and the main campus in Kenya.  Students will stay in the extension centre for about three months each year for four years to complete the programme.This year's cohorts include: 

  • Main Campus (Kenya): April 9, 2019
  • Valley View University Campus: April 22, 2019

  1. Applicants seeking admission into the MPH degree programme must have a first degree from a recognized university in the relevant field with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 point scale) or its equivalent.  Those with a lower GPA of 2.50 must have a work experience of not less than 4 years or must have evidence of research capability either through research published in a peer-reviewed journal.
  2. Applicants are also expected to submit recommendation letters from previous university and employer where applicable.  Applicants are to request their former universities and employing organizations to send recommendations directly to the University Admissions Office.
  3. Non-English speaking students are required to demonstrate their ability to study in English by:
  1. Passing a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) TOEFL, or
  2. A passing score on the British Council English language test (International English Language Test), or
  3. An English proficiency certification from a recognized university.
  4. Applicants are to meet the following prerequisites as having been taken at undergraduate level:
  1. Human anatomy and physiology OR biology (3-semester credits)
  2. Human Nutrition (3-semester credits)

Application forms can be downloaded from our website (, completed and emailed to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For direct questions about Adventist University of Africa’s MPH program please contact the Coordinator

Dr Daniel Ganu

MPH Program Coordinator

Phone: +254 736656843

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