The MA in Biblical and Theological Studies (MABTS) has been designed to assist theologians, pastors, and other ministry workers in developing expertise in the area of Scripture, theology, and church history. With the challenges brought about by local and global changes and transformations on the continent of Africa, ministry in all its areas now requires specialized training. The program offers five major fields of study which reflect areas of significant importance in the ministry to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Each area represents unique challenges that require specialized knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
The benefits you will obtain from taking the degree:
- Identify and evaluate important sources, contributions of key scholars, major schools of thought and emerging trends in contemporary cultural, ethical, biblical, linguistic, and theological-historical studies
- Demonstrate critical, analytical, and creative thinking in matters of complex biblical, religious and theological systems
- Articulate and express coherently biblical and theological concepts and doctrines
- Commit to a life-long learning, teaching, and communication of religious knowledge
- Promote and participate in the mission of the church both globally and on the continent of Africa.
Areas of SpecializationThe MABTS has the following majors:
- Biblical Studies (Old Testament)
- Biblical Languages
- Church History Studies
- Biblical Studies (New Testament)
- Theological Studies
- Students study at a Chartered University
- Courses are taught by highly-qualified international faculty who are experts in their field of biblical and theological studies
- Students benefit from a variety of the on-campus and e-library resources
- This program helps to identify outstanding students who could be encouraged to pursue a postgraduate academic degree to benefit the Adventist scholarship in Africa
- Students, faculty and staff embrace multicultural community in the context of learning, worship, and service
- The program is designed to provide needed preparation for a more effective ministry, especially in the area of teaching religion in schools and colleges.
- Have a first degree in Theology, with at least 72 credit hours of theology course. The Seminary admission committee will determine exceptions to this.
- Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 point scale) or its equivalent
- Demonstrate their proficiency in biblical Hebrew and Greek Grammar by means of presenting a recent transcript (not older than 3 years) or by challenging exams. If an applicant does not fulfill this requirement, he or she will take Hebrew and Greek Grammars as bridging courses.
- Direct entry applicants are expected to submit recommendation letter from the faculty of their previous university. Employed applicants shall provide a recommendation letter from the employing organization.
Application form can be filled out on our website (aua.ac.ke).
The total of 48 credits of the program are divided in the following way:
- Five core religion courses (15 credits)
- Seven core specialization courses (21 credits)
- Two elective courses (6 credits)
- Thesis (6 credits)
By the end of the program, the biblical studies students (both majors) will be able to:
- Identify and evaluate important sources, contributions of key scholars, major schools of thought and emerging trends in biblical studies
- Apply adequate tools for biblical exegesis
- Analyze and synthesize various theological themes of the Bible
- Prepare and teach courses in biblical languages at college level.
By the end of the program, the biblical languages students will be able to:
- Read, write, translate, and interpret such biblical languages as biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek
- Demonstrate abilities to apply biblical languages to the field of biblical exegesis
- Prepare and teach courses in biblical languages at a college level.
Theological Studies and Church History Studies
By the end of the program, the theological-historical studies students will be able to:
- Identify and evaluate important theological sources, major schools of thought and emerging trends in theological and church history studies
- Analyze and synthesize complex theological and historical systems
- Articulate and express coherently theological concepts and doctrines
- Prepare and teach theological and church history courses at secondary school and college levels.
- Successfully complete a minimum of 42 credit hours of course work according to the prescribed curriculum;
- Write a 100-150 page thesis equivalent to 6 credit hours and successfully defend, correct and edit it following the AUA Standards for Written Work.
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on the 4.0 scale).