PhD in Biblical and Theological Studies

The PhD in Biblical and Theological Studies programme is solidly based on the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy of wholistic education, emphasizing the effective integration of faith and learning. The programme implements the curriculum with three core values: integrity, respect and love. These core values provide students with the tools to meet the demands of the complex and changing church, business and surrounding environments.

The foundations of the PhD programme are built on the basic principles taken from Scripture and world-class resources concerning the specializations of the given programme. It will promote sound methods of biblical, historical, missiological, theological and philosophical scholarship and spread these principles through publications, lectureships, conferences, and symposiums. This will equip the reflective practitioner and ground his/her knowledge to African realities without neglecting the competencies needed for a global scholarship.

As the final result will be graduates, who are contextually relevant and globally functional. Such graduates will be able to share effective academic leadership on the local level in their communities and countries.


  1. The PhD Biblical Theological-Historical studies program aims to equip scholars with advanced academic and professional competencies in consultancy, research, and teaching from a strong ethical and conservative perspective.
  2. Do you want to be equipped with advanced academic and professional competencies in consultancy, research, and teaching skill in Biblical Historical-Theological Studies? You are invited to explore biblical knowledge with us.
  3. Are you aspiring for a career as an academic or researcher recognized for your excellent analytical capabilities, discipline, and communication skills in Biblical historical and theological studies? You are invited to grow with us.

  • It is envisaged that the programme will provide skilful graduates to fill the existing scholarship gap within the continent of Africa. Students will be introduced to key elements and aspects, characteristic of the academic research, which can inject a new vision for a local, national and global scholarship.
  • The programme is to apply biblical, historical, educational, linguistic, theological, philosophical, ethical, missiological, pastoral, and evangelistic instruction to academic research in the educational context. Practical scholarly experience is a vital part of this programme.
  • The specific goal of the PhD programme is to develop highly educated and committed lifelong scholars, who possess the right knowledge, ethical values, communication competence and relational skills, independent academic research competencies; who know how to use appropriate biblical methodologies, analyse and present findings that may advance knowledge and mission, and analytical thinking so that they may contribute effectively to various educational institutions operated by the Adventist Church in Africa and globally as well as provide services as may be needed in the larger society.

  1. A Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies, Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Missiology (or their equivalents) with a minimum of 42-semester credits and a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.33 (on a 4-point system). This is a B grade or 60% and above in the Kenya University grading system. However, in some cases, selected core courses may be required as programme prerequisites/bridging courses.
  2. Successful completion of at least six (6) credits of coursework in research at the post-graduate level. This requirement is in addition to the completed and accepted thesis/project done at the post-graduate level.
  3. Present proof of having successfully taken Intermediate biblical Hebrew and Greek grammar and syntax in the Master's transcript during a period of a maximum of six (6) years prior to applying to the PhD programme. Alternatively, the applicant must demonstrate proficiency in biblical Hebrew and Greek languages either by challenge examinations or by taking courses in Hebrew and Greek language as prerequisites.
  4. A minimum of 4-full years of relevant work/church ministry experience.
  5. 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.
  6. Three letters of recommendation are to be submitted with the application materials:
  • One professional recommendation
  • One academic recommendation
  • One character recommendation

7. Meet any other requirement as shall be determined by the Graduate Admission Committee of the Seminary.


Programme Coordinator: Dr Robert Osei-Bonsu  

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There are three phases to the PhD degree. The programme has in total 64-semester credits structured as follows:

  • Coursework– 48 credits, 33 in a chosen area of concentration, 9 in a cognate area, and two other 3-credit courses – GSEM 929 Course Development and Teaching Practicum and GSEM 954 Dissertation Proposal Seminar.
  • Comprehensive Exams – 5 exams, taken after coursework is complete - 0 credits. Comprehensive exams are counted for study load purposes as equivalent to 6 credits. Preparation represents 3-5 months of study for the examination. Four 6-hour examinations will be taken in the specialization area, and on a 6-hour examination in the cognate. Comprehensive examinations are normally given one each week over five weeks.
  • The dissertation is 16 credits and typically takes 1-2 years to write.

Additional time must be taken into consideration if a student needs to complete prerequisites before entering the programme including meeting Biblical Languages and English language proficiency requirements.

Description

No of Courses

Credits

General Seminary/ Research Courses

4

22

Common Course

5

15

Core Concentration Courses

6

18

Cognate Concentration Courses

3

9

Total

18

64

 

General Seminary/Research Courses (22 credit hours)

Prefix

Course Title

Credits

GSEM 867

PhD Dissertation Research Methods and Proposal Seminar

3

GSEM 890

Course Development and Teaching Practicum

3

GSEM 950

Comprehensive Exams

0

GSEM 955

PhD Dissertation

16

 

Core Courses According to a Concentration (33 credit hours)

Old Testament Concentration

Common Courses (15 Credits)

OTST 890

Study Tour of the Bible Land and Archaeology

3

OTST 848

Advanced Hebrew Grammar

3

OTST 861

Biblical Aramaic

3

OTST 862

Advanced Old Testament Exegesis: Ezekiel

3

OTST 880

Seminar in Textual Criticism

3

Core Courses (18 credits)

OTST 885

Exilic Prophets

3

OTST 887 

Biblical Wisdom Literature

3

OTST 882 

Theology of the OT Eschatology

3

OTST 865 

Historical Books

3

OTST 860 

Theology of the Sanctuary

3

OTST 883 

Seminar in the Doctrine of Creation

3

New Testament Concentration

Common Courses (15 Credits)

OTST 800

Study Tour of the Bible Land and Archaeology

3

NTST 848

Advanced Greek Grammar

3

NTST 861

Reading LXX

3

NTST 862

Studies in Christian & Jewish Writings

3

NTST 880

Seminar in NT Studies and Methods

3

Core Courses (18 credits)

NTST 850

Exegesis: 1 & 2 Corinthians

3

NTST 860

Theology of the Sanctuary

3

NTST 865

Pastoral Epistles

3

NTST 870

Prison Epistles of Paul

3

NTST 882

Advanced studies in the Gospels

3

Systematic Theology (Theological Studies) Concentration

Common Courses (15 Credits)

THST 847

Biblical and Theological Hermeneutics

3

THST 861

Principles and Methods of Theology

3

THST 862

Biblical Eschatology

3

THST 880

Seminar in Theological Issues

3

THST 881

History and Theology of Ecumenism

3

Core Courses (18 credits)

THST 855

Early Christian Theology

3

THST 860

Contemporary Theology

3

THST 863

Doctrine of God

3

THST 870

Protestant Theological Heritage

3

THST 882

Human Nature and Destiny

3

THST 883

Seminar in Systematic Theology

3

Mission Theology (World Mission) Concentration

Common Courses (15 Credits)

MSSN 830

Cross-Cultural Leadership Development

3

MSSN 870

Mission Strategy Development

3

MSSN 872

Contextualization

3

MSSN 880

Seminar in Social Sciences and Mission

3

MSSN 881

Urban Missions

3

Core Courses (18 credits)

MSSN 860

Witnessing to Animistic Religions

3

MSSN 869

Research Methods in Mission and Ministry

3

MSSN 874

Contemporary Issues in Mission

3

MSSN 875

Anthropology for World Mission and Ministry

3

MSSN 882

Islamic Culture and Society

3

MSSN 883

Seminar in Theology of Mission

3

 

Cognate Concentration Courses/ Electives (9 Credits)

 

Old Testament

New Testament

Theological Studies

World Mission

 

1

OTST 850 Exilic Prophets

NTST 850 Exegesis:
1 & 2 Corinthians

THST 862 Biblical Eschatology

MSSN 885 Contemporary Issues in Mission

3

2

OTST 870 Biblical Wisdom Literature

NTST 882 Advanced Studies in the Gospels

THST 887 Contemporary Theology

MSSN 887 Mission Strategy Development           

3

3

OTST 883 Seminar in the Doctrine of Creation

NTST 883 Seminar in NT Exegesis & Hermeneutics

THST 880 Seminar in Theological Issues

MSSN 880 Seminar in Social Sciences and Mission

3

Grand Total:

64

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  
CORE COURSES 18  
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  
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATIONS
ORGANIZATIONAL  LEADERSHIP 18  

1

LEAD 711 – Corporate Strategic Leadership and Systems Thinking

3  

2

LEAD 739 - Leadership and Governance Issues

3  
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  
BUSINESS AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT LEADERSHIP 18  
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  
       
PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERSHIP 18  
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  
RESEARCH AND STATISTICS 18  
1 BURM 790 Research Methods and Statistics 3  
2 BURM 791 Applied Qualitative Research Method 3  
3 BURM 792 Applied Quantitative Research Method 3  
  DISSERTATION    
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 Divinity

MDIV 

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 MDiv degree programme provides post-graduate professional preparation for ministry with broad exposure to all fields of theological study. The programme applies biblical, historical, educational, linguistic, theological, philosophical, ethical, missiological, pastoral, and evangelistic instruction to the practical work of the Church. Practical field experience is a vital part of this programme.


The Master of Divinity (MDiv) programme is the most comprehensive theological programme in the field of religious education because it equips learners with extensive knowledge in both biblical studies and applied theology and prepares graduates further for ministry in the Church.


The objective of the MDiv programme is to enable students to develop competencies in Bible, Church history, doctrine, spiritual formation, as well as servant leadership skills required for local Church ministry.


  1. Have a bachelor’s degree 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. [Non Theology/Religion bachelors is acceptable but will be required to complete an additional 30 credits]
  2. Have two Recommendations: One from the local Church Board and one from your previous university or from the employing organization if employed. Submit the name, email address and designation of your referees, and AUA admissions will email the link for completing the online recommendation form. The applicant should seek the consent of the referee before submitting their details.
  3. Must demonstrate proficiency in English


Programme Leader: Dr Felix Poniatowski  
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WhatsApp: +254 743 293 665  


The duration of the programme in semester credits:

  • A minimum of 73 credits for Religion/Theology Baccalaureates, and
  • 103 credits for non-Religion/Theology Baccalaureates.

Full-time students would take a minimum of three academic years to complete the programme.

Part-time students will take four to five years to complete the programme.

Specializations:  Mission, Old Testament, New Testament

Prefix

Course title

Credits

Core Courses:  61 credits

GSEM 607

Documentary Research and Writing

3

CHMN 634

Youth Ministry

3

OTST 624

Pentateuch

3

CHMN 640

Church Records Management

2

CHMN 630

Church Leadership and Administration

3

THST 610

Revelation, Inspiration, and Hermeneutics

3

NTST 558

Greek Readings

3

CHIS 612

History of Reformation

3

NTST 660

Gospels

3

OTST 558

Hebrew Readings

3

THST 678

Issues in Science and Religion

3

CHIS 670

SDA Church Heritage

3

CHMN 639

Church Growth and Equipping Pastor

3

MSSN 600

Church and its Mission

3

CHMN 680

Expository Preaching

3

GSEM 608

Advanced Method of Teaching Bible

3

THST 660

Issues in SDA Theology

3

CHMN 643

Christian Professional Ethics

3

CHMN 667

Health Ministry

2

GSEM 693

MDiv Project/Thesis

6

Total

 

61

Specialization Courses:  12 Credits

Specialization: Mission

MSSN 685

World Mission

3

AFTR 668

African Traditional Religion

3

MSSN 529

Foundations of Cross-Cultural Ministry

3

MSSN 691

Principles of Contextualization

3

Total

 

12

 

Specialization: Old Testament

 

OTST 620

Old Testament Backgrounds

3

OTST 636

Old Testament Exegesis

3

OTST 520

Studies in the Prophets

3

OTST 672

Daniel

3

Total

 

12

 

Specialization: New Testament

 

NTST 620

New Testament Backgrounds

3

NTST 636

New Testament Exegesis

3

NTST 664

Romans

3

NTST 670

Revelation

3

Total

 

12

Total

Core Courses + Specialization Courses

73

Students with a non-theological baccalaureate (30 credits)

NTST 550

Greek Grammar

3

OTST 501

Introduction to the OT

3

NTST 501

Introduction to the NT

3

OTST 550

Hebrew Grammar

3

CHIS 610

Early and Medieval Church History

3

CHMN 540

Pastoral Ministry and Church Policy

3

CHMN 637

Pastoral Care and Counselling

3

CHMN 644

Personal and Public Evangelism

3

CHIS 675

Life, Work, and Writings of E.G. White

3

Total

 

27

     

CHMN 668

Pastoral Ministry Practicum

3

Total

 

103

Master of Science in Applied Computer Science

The Master of Applied Computer Science programme at the Adventist University of Africa seeks to contribute to filling the shortage of professionals and researchers needed for the full adoption of digital transformation. The programme has three specializations: Cybersecurity, Network and Systems Administration and Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

The Master of Applied Computer Science programme seeks to develop competent professionals and scientists who can embrace research in digital transformation and systems integration within the continent of Africa. Specializations are in cybersecurity, network and systems administration as well as Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

1. Cybersecurity specialization provides graduates with skills to ensure and enhance the security of systems in businesses and organisations.

2. Network and Systems Administration specialization produce graduates who can ensure proper deployment and configuration of systems for proper operation.

3. Data Science and Artificial Intelligence specialization seeks to produce graduates who will drive innovations and utilize opportunities brought by advances in science, technology, and research.

The philosophy of the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science is derived from the basic beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist church and the mission of the University concerning the need for stewardship and development of the person in order to maintain the physical, mental and spiritual health necessary for the in-dwelling of the Spirit of God and provision of service to individuals, the local community as well as the broader society.

The specific philosophy of this programme is that 21st-century scientists and technicians are required not only to be competent in their respective areas of specialization but also thrust worthy, reliable, committed, and accountable to God, to their employer, and their direct supervisor.

Applicants must:

1. Have a first degree in computer science or related fields (Information Technology, Information Systems, and relevant Engineering degrees) from a recognized university 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. Have two Recommendations: One from a religious leader and one from your previous university or from the employing organization if employed. Submit the name, email address and designation of your referees, and AUA admissions will email the link for completing the online recommendation form. The applicant should seek the consent of the referee before submitting their details.

 3. Demonstrate proficiency in English.

Programme Coordinator: Dr Lossan BondeEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Two Years - Full Time
 

Master of Chaplaincy

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

The need for competent and skilled chaplains to care for students' spiritual needs, military personnel, and 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 and persons in military and correctional institutions. 

The Master of Chaplaincy degree is for ministers desiring clinical training and professional preparedness to serve men and women in educational institutions, Church departments, healthcare centres, uniformed services, correctional facilities, etc.

  1. To develop competencies in Biblical, doctrinal, spiritual formation, and pastoral counselling.
  2. To develop skills and attitude of servant leadership required for chaplaincy ministry.

  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. Have two Recommendations: One from the local Church Board and one from your previous university or from the employing organization if employed. Submit the name, email address and designation of your referees, and AUA admissions will email the link for completing the online recommendation form. The applicant should seek the consent of the referee before submitting their details.
  3. Must demonstrate proficiency in English.

 Programme Coordinator: Dr Israel Kafeero Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
 

  • Biblical & Theological Courses - 9 Credits
  • Core Courses - 34 Credits
  • Concentration Courses - 9 Credits
  • Electives - 9 Credits
  • Research and Projects - 11 Credits
  • Total: 72 Credits

 

  • No. of Sessions/Semesters: 6
  • Duration of the Programme: 3 Years Full Time

 

 

Prefix

Course Title

Credits

COMMON COURSES (20 CREDITS)

Research Courses

GSEM 607

Documentary Research and Writing

3

CHAP 694

Seminar in Chaplaincy Research

2

CHAP 695

Chaplaincy Project

6

Biblical and Theological Courses

OTST 665

Pentateuch

3

NTST 660

Gospels

3

THST 615

Creation and Human Suffering

3

CORE COURSES (34 CREDITS)

CHAP 611

Foundations of Chaplaincy

2

CHAP 614

Chaplaincy Formation

3

CHAP 620

Multi-Religious Context Chaplaincy

3

CHAP 622

Chaplaincy Professional Ethics

3

CHAP 624

Clinical Training in Pastoral Care

3

CHAP 630

Marriage and Family Counselling

3

CHAP 668

Worship, Homiletics, and Healing

3

CHAP 672

Crisis and Grief Counselling

3

CHAP 674

Care of the Bereaved and Dying

3

CHAP 669

Clinical Pastoral Education -1 (CPE-1)

8

CONCENTRATION COURSES (9)

Campus Ministry

CHAP 631

Campus Chaplaincy

3

CHAP 633

Issues in Contemporary Youth Culture

3

CHAP 650

Children Youth and Young Adult Ministry

3

Correctional Chaplaincy

CHAP 635

Correctional Chaplaincy

3

CHAP 637

Seminar in Correctional Chaplaincy

3

CHAP 652

Chaplaincy and Justice

3

Healthcare Chaplaincy

CHAP 639

Healthcare Ministry and Chaplaincy

3

CHAP 641

Mental Health and Spirituality

3

CHAP 654

Health and Illness

3

Military Chaplaincy

CHAP 643

Military Chaplaincy

3

CHAP 645

Context and Culture of Military

3

CHAP 656

Seminary in Military Chaplaincy

3

Elective Courses (9)

CHAP 679

Clinical Pastoral Education - 2 (CPE-2)

9

A Choice for the Second Concentration, from above

9

 

Total number of credits for the programme

72