Master of Arts in Biblical & Theological Studies

About the Programme

The Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies (MABTS) has been designed to assist theologians, pastors and other ministry workers in developing expertise in Scripture, theology, and church history. With the challenges of local and global changes and transformations on the continent, ministry in all its areas now requires specialized training.

Purpose of the Programme

 The Masters in Biblical and Theological Studies (MABTS) programme is designed to provide needed preparation for a more effective frontline ministry and teaching of religion courses in schools and colleges.

Objective of the Programme

 The Biblical and Theological Studies programme is designed to provide needed preparation for a more effective frontline ecclesiastical ministry and the teaching of religion.

  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%. 
  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: Melak Tsegaw, PhD
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MABTS - Full Time – 2 years

(4  Semesters) – Total 45 Credits

 

MABTS – Part Time – 3 years

(3 Sessions)  – Total 45 Credits

Year 1

1st Sem.

Year 1

 2nd Sem

Year 2

1st Sem

Year 2

2nd Sem

 

Year 1

Session 1

Year 2

Session 2

Year 3

Session 3

12

12

12

9

 

15

15

15

               

Requirements

Credits

Core Courses

12

Specialization

24

Research & Thesis/Project

12

Total

45

 

Specializations: 

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Systematic Theology
  • Church History

Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies

Core Courses

Code

Course Title

Crs

       
 

GSEM 608

Advanced Methods of Teaching Bible

3

 

NTST/OTST 612

Biblical Hermeneutics

3

 

OTST 558

Readings in Hebrew Old Testament

3

 

NTST 558

Readings in Greek New Testament

3

   

Total

12

       

Specialization 1 Old Testament

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

OTST 620

Old Testament Backgrounds

3

 

OTST 621

Theology of the Old Testament

3

 

OTST 636

Old Testament Exegesis

3

 

OTST 665

The Pentateuch

3

 

OTST 665

The Book of Daniel

3

 

OTST 663

Poetic Literature

3

 

OTST 667

Pre-Exilic Prophets

3

   

Total

21

Specialization 2 New Testament

     
 

NTST 629

New Testament Background

3

 

NTST 636

New Testament Exegesis

3

 

NTST 660

Gospels

3

 

NTST 664

Studies in Romans and Galatians

3

 

NTST 666

Studies in Hebrew

3

 

NTST 670

The Book of Revelation

3

 

NTST 682

Theology of the New Testament

3

   

Total

21

Specialization 3  Systematic Theology

     
 

CHPH 515

Principles of Christian Ethics

3

 

THST 603

Seminar in an Area of Theology

3

 

CHIS 604

Methods in Church History, Historical and Systematic Theology

3

 

THST 622

Doctrine of Salvation

3

 

CHIS 674

Development of SDA Theology and Lifestyle

3

 

THST 610

Revelation, Inspiration, and Hermeneutics

3

 

THST 618

The Doctrine of Christ

3

   

Total

21

Specialization 4 Church History

     
 

CHPH 515

Principles of Christian Ethics

3

 

CHIS 603

Seminar in an Area of History

3

 

CHIS 604

Methods in Church History, Historical and Systematic Theology

3

 

CHIS 678

History of Seventh-day Adventist Church in Africa

3

 

THST 674

Development of SDA Theology and Lifestyle

3

 

CHIS 610

History of the Early and Medieval Church

3

 

CHIS 612

History of the Reformation and Modern Church 

3

 

CHPH 515

Principles of Christian Ethics

3

   

Total

21

       

Research

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

GSEM 607

Documentary Research and Writing

3

 

OTST/NTST/THST/CHIS 661

Research Proposal Seminar

3

 

OTST/NTST/THST/CHIS 695

Master of Arts Thesis

6

   

Total

12

Grand Total:

 

45

 

 

Part-Time Schedule

MABTS – Specialization 1:  Old Testament

Year 1 – Session 1

 

Year 2 – Session 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 607

Documentary Research and Writing 

3

 

OTST 620

Old Testament Backgrounds 

3

GSEM 608

Advanced Method of Teaching Bible 

3

 

OTST 621

Theology of the Old Testament 

3

NTST/OTST 612

Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

 

OTST 636

Old Testament Exegesis 

3

OTST 558

Readings in Hebrew Old Testament 

3

 

OTST 663

Poetic Literature 

3

NTST 558

Readings in Greek New Testament 

3

 

OTST 661

Research Proposal Seminar

3

 

Total

15

   

Total

15

             
 

Year 3 – Session 3

   

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

OTST 665

Pentateuch 

3

       

OTST 672

The Book of Daniel 

3

       

OTST 667

Pre-Exilic Prophets 

3

       

OTST 695

Master of Arts Thesis

6

       
 

Total

15

   

Total

 

Grand Total:  45

 

Part-Time  Schedule

MABTS – Specialization 2 :  New Testament

Year 1 – Session 1

 

Year 2 – Session 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 607

Documentary Research and Writing 

3

 

NTST 629

New Testament Backgrounds 

3

GSEM 608

Advanced Method of Teaching Bible 

3

 

NTST 660

Gospels

3

NTST/OTST 612

Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

 

NTST 636

New Testament Exegesis 

3

OTST 558

Readings in Hebrew Old Testament 

3

 

OTST 664

Studies in Romans and Galatians

3

NTST 558

Readings in Greek New Testament 

3

 

NTST 661

Research Proposal Seminar

3

             
 

Total

15

   

Total

15

             

Year 3 – Session 3

   

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

NTST 666

Studies in Hebrew

3

       

NTST 670

The Book of Revelation

3

       

NTST 682

Theology of the New Testament

3

       

NTST 695

Master of Arts Thesis

6

       
             
             
 

Total

15

   

Total

 

Grand Total:  45

 

Part Time Schedule

MABTS – Specialization 3 : Systematic Theology

Year 1

Year 1 – Session 1

 

Year 2 – Session 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 607

Documentary Research and Writing 

3

 

CHPH 515

Principles of Christian Ethics

3

GSEM 608

Advanced Method of Teaching Bible 

3

 

CHIS 603

Seminar in ______________

3

NTST/OTST 612

Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

 

THST 610

Revelation, Inspiration, and Hermeneutics

3

OTST 558

Readings in Hebrew Old Testament 

3

 

CHIS 604

Methods in Church History, Historical and Systematic Theology

3

NTST 558

Readings in Greek New Testament 

3

 

THST 661

Research Proposal Seminar

3

             
 

Total

15

   

Total

15

             
 

Year 3 – Session 3

   

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

THST 622

Doctrine of Salvation

3

       

THST 674

Development of SDA Theology and Lifestyle

3

       

THST 618

The Doctrine of Christ

3

       

THST 695

Master of Arts Thesis

6

       
 

Total

15

   

Total

 

Grand Total: 45

 

Part Time Schedule

MABTS – Specialization 4 :  Church History

Year 1

Year 1 – Session 1

 

Year 2 – Session 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 607

Documentary Research and Writing 

3

 

CHPH 515

Principles of Christian Ethics

3

GSEM 608

Advanced Method of Teaching Bible 

3

 

CHIS 603

Seminar in ___________

3

NTST/OTST 612

Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

 

CHIS 610

History of the Early and Medieval Church

3

OTST 558

Readings in Hebrew Old Testament 

3

 

CHIS 604

Methods in Church History, Historical and Systematic Theology

3

NTST 558

Readings in Greek New Testament 

3

 

CHIS 661

Research Proposal Seminar

3

             
 

Total

15

   

Total

15

             

Year 2

Year 3 – Session 3

   

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

CHIS 612

History of the Reformation and Modern Church 

3

       

THST 674

Development of SDA Theology and Lifestyle

3

       

CHIS 678

History of Seventh-day Adventist Church in Africa

3

       

CHIS 695

Master of Arts Thesis

6

       
 

Total

15

   

Total

 

Grand Total: 45

 

Full-Time Schedule

MABTS – Specialization 1:  Old Testament

Year 1 – Semester 1

 

Year 2 – Semester 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 607

Documentary Research and Writing 

3

 

NTST 558

Readings in Greek New Testament 

3

GSEM 608

Advanced Method of Teaching Bible 

3

 

OTST 620

Old Testament Backgrounds 

3

NTST/OTST 612

Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

 

OTST 621

Theology of the Old Testament 

3

OTST 558

Readings in Hebrew Old Testament 

3

 

OTST 636

Old Testament Exegesis 

3

             
 

Total

12

   

Total

12

             

Year 2

Year 2 – Semester 1

 

Year 2 – Semester 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

OTST 663

Poetic Literature 

3

 

OTST 672

The Book of Daniel 

3

OTST 665

Pentateuch 

3

 

OTST 695

Master of Arts Thesis

6

OTST 667

Pre-Exilic Prophets 

3

       

OTST 661

Research Proposal Seminar

3

       
 

Total

12

   

Total

9

Grand Total:  45

 

 

Full-Time  Schedule

MABTS – Specialization 2 :  New Testament

Year 1 – Semester 1

 

Year 1 – Semester 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 607

Documentary Research and Writing 

3

 

NTST 558

Readings in Greek New Testament 

3

GSEM 608

Advanced Method of Teaching Bible 

3

 

OTST 620

Old Testament Backgrounds 

3

NTST/OTST 612

Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

 

OTST 621

Theology of the Old Testament 

3

OTST 558

Readings in Hebrew Old Testament 

3

 

OTST 636

Old Testament Exegesis 

3

             
             
 

Total

12

   

Total

12

             
 

Year 2 – Semester 1

 

Year 2 – Semester 1

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

OTST 663

Poetic Literature 

3

 

OTST 672

The Book of Daniel 

3

OTST 665

Pentateuch 

3

 

OTST 695

Master of Arts Thesis

6

OTST 667

Pre-Exilic Prophets 

3

       

OTST 661

Research Proposal Seminar

3

       
             
             
 

Total

12

   

Total

9

Grand Total:  45

 

Full Time Schedule

MABTS – Specialization 3 : Systematic Theology

 

Year 1 – Semester 1

 

Year 2 – Semester 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 607

Documentary Research and Writing 

3

 

CHPH 515

Principles of Christian Ethics

3

GSEM 608

Advanced Method of Teaching Bible 

3

 

CHIS 603

Seminar in ______________

3

NTST/OTST 612

Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

 

NTST 558

Readings in Greek New Testament 

3

OTST 558

Readings in Hebrew Old Testament 

3

 

CHIS 604

Methods in Church History, Historical and Systematic Theology

3

             
             
 

Total

12

   

Total

12

             
 

Year 2– Semester 1

 

Year 2– Semester 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

THST 622

Doctrine of Salvation

3

 

THST 674

Development of SDA Theology and Lifestyle

3

THST 661

Research Proposal Seminar

3

 

THST 695

Master of Arts Thesis

6

THST 618

The Doctrine of Christ

3

       

THST 610

Revelation, Inspiration, and Hermeneutics

3

       
 

Total

12

   

Total

9

Grand Total: 45

 

Full Time Schedule

MABTS – Specialization 4 :  Church History

 

Year 1 – Semester 1

 

Year 2 – Semester 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 607

Documentary Research and Writing 

3

 

CHPH 515

Principles of Christian Ethics

3

GSEM 608

Advanced Method of Teaching Bible 

3

 

CHIS 603

Seminar in ___________

3

NTST/OTST 612

Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

 

NTST 558

Readings in Greek New Testament 

3

OTST 558

Readings in Hebrew Old Testament 

3

 

CHIS 604

Methods in Church History, Historical and Systematic Theology

3

             
             
 

Total

12

   

Total

12

             
 

Year 2 – Semester 1

 

Year 2– Semester 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

CHIS 612

History of the Reformation and Modern Church 

3

 

CHIS 678

History of Seventh-day Adventist Church in Africa

3

THST 674

Development of SDA Theology and Lifestyle

3

 

CHIS 695

Master of Arts Thesis

6

CHIS 610

History of the Early and Medieval Church

3

       

CHIS 661

Research Proposal Seminar

3

       
 

Total

12

   

Total

9

Grand Total: 45

 

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