Master of Divinity

About the Programme

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.

 

Specializations: 

 

Purpose of the 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.


Objective of the Programme

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.

Admission Requirements

  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


Contact Details

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


Duration of the Programme

 

Duration of the Program

Years

Semesters/Sessions

Full-time MDiv 1 (24 cr. per year)

3

6

Full-time MDiv 2 (30 cr. per year)

4

8

Part-time MDiv 1 (18 cr. per year)

4

4

Part-time MDiv 2 (24 cr. per year)

5

5

 

Curriculum

 

MDiv – For those with Bachelor’s in Theology

MDiv-1 – Full Time – 3 Years

(8  Semesters) – Total Credits - 72

 

MDiv-1  – Part Time – 4 Years

(4 Sessions)  – Total  Credits - 72

Year 1

1st Sem.

Year 1

 2nd Sem

Year 2

1st Sem

Year 2

2nd Sem

Year 3

1 st Sem

Year 3

2nd Sem

 

Year 1

Session 1

Year 2

Session 2

Year 3

Session 3

Year 4

Session 4

 

12

12

15

15

12

6

 

21

24

21

6

 

MDiv – for those with Bachelor’s in non-Theology

MDiv-2 – Full Time – 4 Years

(8  Semesters) – Total Credits - 102

 

MDiv-2 – Part Time – 5 Years

(4 Sessions)  – Total  Credits - 102

Year 1

1st Sem.

Year 1

 2nd Sem

Year 2

1st Sem

Year 2

2nd Sem

Year 3

1 st Sem

Year 3

2nd Sem

Year 4

1st Sem

Year 4

2nd

Sem

 

Year 1

Ses-sion 1

Year 2

Ses-sion 2

Year 3

Ses-sion 3

Year 4

Ses-sion 4

Year 5

Ses-sion 5

12

12

12

12

15

15

15

9

 

24

24

24

21

9


 

 

 

 

 

 

Requirements MDiv-1

Credits

Core Courses

45

Specialization

12

Research & Thesis/Project

15

Total

72

 

Requirements MDiv-2

Credits

Core Courses

45

Specialization

12

Research & Thesis/Project

15

Additional courses

30

Total

102

 

MDiv

 

Core Courses

Code

Course Title

Crs

 
 

OTST 665

The Pentateuch

3

 
 

OTST 558

Hebrew Readings

3

 
 

NTST 660

Gospels

3

 
 

NTST 558

Greek Readings

3

 
 

THST 610

Revelation, Inspiration, and Hermeneutics

3

 
 

THST 660

Issues in SDA Theology

3

 
 

CHIS 612

History of Reformation

3

 
 

CHIS 670

SDA Church Heritage

3

 
 

CHMN 630

Church Leadership and Administration

3

 
 

CHMN 639

Church Growth and Equipping Pastor

3

 
 

CHMN 680

Expository Preaching

3

 
 

MSSN 600

Church and Its Mission

3

 
 

CHMN 643

Christian Professional Ethics

3

 
 

CHMN 634

Youth ministry

3

 
 

THST 678

Issues in Science and Religion

3

 
   

Total

45

 

MDiv (option 2)

 
 

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 639

Personal and Public Evangelism

3

 
 

CHIS 675

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

3

 
 

CHMN 668

Pastoral Ministry Practicum

3

 
   

Total

30

 
         

Specialization 1

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

NT

NTST 620

NT Backgrounds

3

 
 

NTST 682

Theology of the New Testament

3

 
 

NTST 664

Romans

3

 
 

NTST 670

Revelation

3

 
   

Specialization 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

OT

OTST 620

Old Testament Backgrounds

3

 
 

OTST 682

Theology of the Old Testament

3

 
 

OTST 520

Studies in the Prophets

3

 
 

OTST 672

Daniel

3

 
   

Specialization 3

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

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

 
         

Research

Code

Course Title

Crs

 
 

OTST/NTST 646

Studies in Biblical Exegesis

3

 
 

GSEM 605

Applied Theology Research and Writing

3

 
 

GSEM 606

Seminar in Applied Research

3

 
 

GSEM 693

MDiv Project/Thesis

6

 
   

Total

15

 

Grand Total:

   

72

 

 

Part-Time Schedule MDiv-1

MDiv – Specialization

Year 1 – Session 1

 

Year 2 – Session 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 605

Applied Theology Research Methods and Writing

3

 

CHIS 612

History of Reformation

3

CHMN 643

Christian Professional Ethics

3

 

CHIS 670

SDA Church Heritage

3

MSSN 600

Church and Its Mission

3

 

NTST 660

Gospels

3

CHMN 630

Church Leadership and Administration

3

 

NTST 558

Greek Readings

3

THST 610

Revelation, Inspiration, and Hermeneutics

3

 

THST 678

Issues in Science and Religion

3

THST 660

Contemporary Issues in SDA Theology

3

   

Specialization

3

CHMN 639

Church Growth and Spiritual Nurture

3

 

CHMN 680

Expository Preaching

3

         

Specialization

3

 

Total

21

   

Total

24

             
 

Year 3 – Session 3

 

Year 4 – Session 4

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

OTST/NTST 646

 Studies in Biblical Exegesis

3

 

GSEM 693

MDiv Project/Thesis

6

OTST 558

Hebrew Readings

3

       

GSEM 606

Applied Theology Research Seminar

3

       

CHMN 634

Children, Youth, and Young Adult Ministry

3

       

OTST 624

Seminar in Old Testament Theology: Pentateuch

3

       
 

Specialization

3

       
 

Specialization

3

       
 

Total

21

   

Total

6

             

Grand Total:   72

 

 

Part-Time Schedule MDiv-2

MDiv – Specialization 1

Year 0 – Session 0

 

Year 1 – Session 1

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

NTST 550

Greek Grammar*

3

 

OTST 550

Hebrew Grammar*

3

OTST 501

Introduction to the NT*

3

 

CHMN 643

Christian Professional Ethics

3

CHIS 675

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

3

 

GSEM 605

Applied Theology Research Methods and Writing

3

OTST 501

Introduction to the OT*

3

 

MSSN 600

Church and Its Mission

3

CHMN 540

Pastoral Ministry and Church Policy*

3

 

CHMN 630

Church Leadership and Administration

3

CHMN 637

Pastoral Care and Counseling*

3

 

THST 610

Revelation, Inspiration, and Hermeneutics

3

CHMN 639

Personal and Public Evangelism*

3

 

THST 660

Contemporary Issues in SDA Theology

3

CHIS 610

History of the Early and Medieval Church*

3

 

CHMN 639

Church Growth and Spiritual Nurture

3

 

Total

24

   

Total

24

Year 2 – Session 2

 

Year 3 – Session 3

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

CHIS 612

History of Reformation

3

 

OTST/NTST 646

 Studies in Biblical Exegesis

3

CHIS 670

SDA Church Heritage

3

 

OTST 558

Readings in Hebrew Old Testament

3

NTST 660

Gospels

3

 

GSEM 606

Applied Theology Research Seminar

3

NTST 558

Readings in Greek New Testament

3

 

CHMN 634

Youth Ministry

3

THST 678

Science and Religion

3

 

OTST 665

Pentateuch

3

 

Specialization

3

   

Specialization

3

CHMN 680

Expository Preaching

3

   

Specialization

3

 

Specialization

3

       
 

Total

24

   

Total

21

             
 

Year 4 – Session 4

   

Code

Course Title

Crs

       

GSEM 695

Research Project/Thesis

6

       

CHMN 668

Pastoral Ministry Practicum*

3

       
 

Total

9

       

Grand Total:  102

 

Full-Time Schedule MDiv-1

MDiv – Specialization

Year 1

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

CHMN 643

Christian Professional Ethics

3

 

THST 610

Revelation, Inspiration, and Hermeneutics

3

 

GSEM 605

Applied Theology Research Methods and Writing

3

 

THST 660

Contemporary Issues in SDA Theology

3

 

MSSN 600

Church and Its Mission

3

 

CHIS 612

History of Reformation

3

 

CHMN 630

Church Leadership and Administration

3

 

CHIS 670

SDA Church Heritage

3

 
 

Total

12

   

Total

12

 

Year 2

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

NTST 660

Gospels

3

 

CHMN 639

Church Growth and Spiritual Nurture

3

 

NTST 558

Readings in Greek New Testament

3

 

GSEM 606

Applied Theology Research Seminar

3

 

THST 678

Science and Religion

3

 

CHMN 634

Youth Ministry

3

 
 

Specialization

3

   

Specialization

3

 

OTST/NTST 646

 Studies in Biblical Exegesis

3

   

Specialization

3

 
 

Total

15

   

Total

15

 
 

Year 3

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

OTST 665

Pentateuch

3

 

GSEM 695

Research Project/Thesis

6

 

OTST 558

Readings in Hebrew Old Testament

3

         
 

Specialization

3

         

CHMN 680

Expository Preaching

3

         
 

Total

12

   

Total

6

 

Grand Total:  72

 

Full-Time Schedule MDiv-2

MDiv – Specialization

Year 0

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

NTST 550

Greek Grammar*

3

 

CHMN 540

Pastoral Ministry and Church Policy*

3

OTST 501

Introduction to the NT*

3

 

OTST 550

Hebrew Grammar*

3

CHIS 675

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

3

 

CHMN 639

Personal and Public Evangelism*

3

OTST 501

Introduction to the OT*

3

 

CHIS 610

History of the Early and Medieval Church*

3

Total

12

 

Total

12

Year 1

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

CHMN 643

Christian Professional Ethics

3

 

THST 610

Revelation, Inspiration, and Hermeneutics

3

GSEM 605

Applied Theology Research Methods and Writing

3

 

THST 660

Contemporary Issues in SDA Theology

3

MSSN 600

Church and Its Mission

3

 

CHIS 612

History of Reformation

3

CHMN 630

Church Leadership and Administration

3

 

CHIS 670

SDA Church Heritage

3

 

Total

12

   

Total

12

             
             

Year 2

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

NTST 660

Gospels

3

 

CHMN 639

Church Growth and Spiritual Nurture

3

NTST 558

Readings in Greek New Testament

3

 

GSEM 606

Applied Theology Research Seminar

3

THST 678

Science and Religion

3

 

CHMN 634

Youth Ministry

3

 

Specialization

3

   

Specialization

3

OTST/NTST 646

 Studies in Biblical Exegesis

3

   

Specialization

3

 

Total

15

   

Total

15

 

Year 3

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

OTST 665

Pentateuch

3

 

GSEM 695

Research Project/Thesis

6

OTST 558

Readings in Hebrew Old Testament

3

 

CHMN 668

Pastoral Ministry Practicum*

3

 

Specialization

3

       

CHMN 680

Expository Preaching

3

       

CHMN 637

Pastoral Care and Counseling*

3

       
 

Total

15

   

Total

9

Grand Total:  102