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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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