PhD in Biblical and Theological Studies

About the Programme

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.

 

Specializations: 

  •  Old Testament                                  
  •  New Testament                                   
  •  Systematic Theology                           
  •  Missiology

 

Purpose of the Programme

  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.

Objectives of the Programme

  • 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: Robert Osei-Bonsu, PhD, MEd

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Duration of the Program

Years

Semesters/Sessions

Full-time

4

8 Semesters

Part-time

4

4 Sessions

 

 

PhD (BTS) - Full Time – 4 Years

(8  Semesters) – Total Credits - 64

 

PhD (BTS) – Part Time – 4 Years

(4 Sessions)  – Total  Credits - 64

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

Session 1

Year 2

Session 2

Year 3

Session 3

Year 4

Session 4

12 crs

12 crs

12 crs

12 crs

16

Register

Register

Register

 

18 crs

18 crs

12 crs

16 crs

 

 

Requirements

Credits

Specialization

27

Research & Dissertation

28

Cognate

9

Total

64

 

PhD – Biblical and Theological Studies

       

Specialization 1

Old Testament

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

OTST 862

Advanced Old Testament Exegesis

3

 

OTST 848

Advanced Hebrew Grammar

3

 

OTST 861

Biblical Aramaic

3

 

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

 

GSEM 890

Course Development and Teaching Practicum

3

 

GSEM 950

Comprehensive Exams

0

   

Total

27

       

Specialization 2

New Testament

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

NTST 848

Advanced Greek Grammar

3

 

NTST 861

Reading LXX

3

 

NTST 862

Studies in Christian & Jewish Writings

3

 

NTST 850

Exegesis: 1 & 2 Corinthians

3

 

NTST 870

Prison Epistles of Paul

3

 

NTST 860

Theology of the Sanctuary

 3

 

NTST 865

Pastoral Epistles

3

 

NTST 883

Advanced Studies in the Gospel

3

 

GSEM 890

Course Development and Teaching Practicum

3

 

GSEM 950

Comprehensive Exams

0

   

Total

27

       

Specialization 3

Systematic Theology

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

THST 861

Principles and Methods of Theology

3

 

THST 862

Biblical Eschatology

3

 

THST 855

Early Christian Theology

3

 

THST 860

Contemporary Theology

3

 

THST 863

Doctrine of God

3

 

THST 870

Protestant Theological Heritage

3

 

THST 881

History and Theology of Ecumenism

3

 

THST 882

Human Nature and Destiny

3

 

GSEM 890

Course Development and Teaching Practicum

3

 

GSEM 950

Comprehensive Exams

0

   

Total

27

Specialization 4

Mission Theology

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

MSSN 870

Mission Strategy Development

3

 

MSSN 872

Contextualization

3

 

MSSN 881

Urban Missions

3

 

MSSN 875

Anthropology for World Mission and Ministry

3

 

MSSN 860

Witnessing to Animistic Religions

 3

 

*MSSN 869

Research Methods in Mission and Ministry

 3

 

MSSN 874

Contemporary Issues in Mission

3

 

MSSN 882

Islamic Culture and Society

3

 

GSEM 890

Course Development and Teaching Practicum

3

 

GSEM 950

Comprehensive Exams

0

   

Total

27

       

Research

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

GSEM 867

PhD Dissertation Research Methods and Proposal Seminar

3

 

GSEM 955

PhD Dissertation

16

 

OTST/NTST/THST/MSSN 880

Seminar in OT/NT/ST/MS Studies

3

 

OTST/NTST/THST/MSSN 883

Directed Independent Research

3

 

OTST/NTST/THST/MSSN 893

Interdisciplinary Seminar

3

   

Total

28

       

Cognate 1

Old Testament

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

OTST 850

 Exilic Prophets

3

 

OTST 870

Biblical Wisdom Literature

3

 

OTST 893

Interdisciplinary Seminar

3

   

Total

9

       

Cognate 2

New Testament

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

NTST 850

Exegesis: 1 & 2 Corinthians

 3

 

NTST 882

Advanced Studies in the Gospels

3

 

NTST 893

Interdisciplinary Seminar

3

   

Total

3

Cognate 3

Systematic Theology

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

THST 862

Biblical Eschatology

3

 

THST 887

Contemporary Theology

3

 

THST 893

Interdisciplinary Seminar

3

   

Total

9

       

Cognate 4

Missiology

Code

Course Title

Crs

   

MSSN 885 Contemporary Issues in Mission

3

   

MSSN 887 Mission Strategy Development          

3

 

MSSN 893

Interdisciplinary Seminar

3

   

Total

9

       

Grand Total:

   

64

 

 

Part Time Schedule

PhD  – Specialization 1: Old Testament

 

Year 1 – Session 1

 

Year 2 – Session 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

OTST 848

Advanced Hebrew

3

 

OTST 865

 Historical Books (3)

3

OTST 850

Exilic Prophets

3

 

OTST 870 

Biblical Wisdom Literature (3)

3

OTST 860

Theology of the Sanctuary

3

 

OTST 880

Seminar in Old Testament Studies and Methods (3)

3

             

OTST 861

Biblical Aramaic

3

 

GSEM 890

 Course Development and Teaching Practicum (3)

3

OTST 862

Advanced Old Testament Exegesis

3

 

OTST 882 

Theology of the OT Eschatology (3)

3

GSEM 867

 PhD Dissertation Research Methods and Proposal Seminar

3

   

Cognate (Chose a course from your cognate)

Submit an article for publication

3

 

Total

18

   

Total

18

 

Year 2

Year 3 – Session 3

 

Year 4 – Session 4

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 728/729

Reading Theological French / German

3

 

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation (16)

 

OTST 883 

Directed Independent Research 3 cr

3

   

Submission of Article for publication

 

OTST/NTST/THST/MSSN 893

Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 cr (Cognate)

3

       
 

Cognate (Chose a course from your cognate)

3

       

GSEM 950

 Comprehensive Exams (0) (Five to six month preparation)

         
 

Total

12

   

Total

 

Grand Total:

 

 

Part Time Schedule

PhD – Specialization 2:  New Testament

 

Year 1 – Session 1

 

Year 2 – Session 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

NTST 848

 Advanced Greek

3

 

NTST 865

Pastoral Epistles

3

NTST 850

Exegesis: 1 and 2 Corinthians

3

 

NTST 870

Prison Epistles of Paul

3

NTST 860

Theology of the Sanctuary

3

 

NTST 880

Seminar in NT Studies and Methods

3

NTST 861

Reading LXX

3

 

GSEM 890

 Course Development and Teaching Practicum

3

NTST 862

Studies in Christian & Jewish Writings (3)

3

 

NTST 882

Advanced studies in the Gospels (3)

3

GSEM 867

 PhD Dissertation Research Methods and Proposal Seminar

3

   

Cognate (Chose a course from your cognate)

Submit an article for publication

3

 

Total

12

   

Total

12

 

Year 2

Year 3 – Session 3

 

Year 4 – Session 4

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 728/729

Reading Theological French/German

3

 

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation (16)

16

NTST 883

 Directed Independent Research

3

   

Submission of Article for publication

 

OTST/NTST/THST/MSSN 893

Interdisciplinary Seminar (Cognate)

3

   

Final Dissertation

 
 

Dissertation Mini Proposal

         
 

Chose a course from your cognate

3

       

GSEM 950 

Comprehensive Exams (0) (Five to six month preparation)

0

       
 

Total

12

   

Total

16

Grand Total:

 

Part Time Schedule

PhD – Specialization 3: Systematic Theology

 

Year 1 – Session 1

 

Year 2 – Session 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

THST 861

Principles and Methods of Theology

3

 

THST 882

 Human Nature and Destiny

3

THSTS 855

Early Christian Theology (3)

3

 

THST 870

 Protestant Theological Heritage

3

THST 860

Contemporary Theology (3)

3

 

THST 880

Seminar in Theological Issues

3

THST 865 

Doctrine of God (3)

3

 

GSEM 890

 Course Development and Teaching Practicum

3

THST 862

 Biblical Eschatology

3

 

THST 891

 History and Theology of Ecumenism

3

GSEM 867

 PhD Dissertation Research Methods and Proposal Seminar

3

   

Cognate (Chose a course from your cognate)

Submit an article for publication

3

 

Total

18

   

Total

18

 

Year 2

Year 3 – Session 3

 

Year 4 – Session 4

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 728/729

Reading Theological French/German

3

   

GSEM 995 PhD Dissertation (16)

 

THST 883

Directed Independent Research

3

   

Submission of Article for publication

 

OTST/NTST/THST/MSSN 893

Interdisciplinary Seminar

3

   

Final Dissertation

 
 

Dissertation Mini Proposal

         
 

Chose a course from your cognate

3

       
 

Comprehensive Exams (0) (Five to six month preparation)

0

       
 

Total

12

   

Total

 

Grand Total:

 

 

Part Time Schedule

PhD – Specialization 4: Missiology

 

Year 1 – Session 1

 

Year 2 – Session 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

MSSN 870

Mission Strategy Development

3

 

MSSN 882

Islamic Culture and Society

3

MSSN 860

Witnessing to Animistic Religions

3

 

MSSN 875

Anthropology for World Mission and Ministry

3

MSSN 869

Research Methods in Mission and Ministry

3

 

MSSN 880

Seminar in Social Sciences and Mission

3

MSSN 875:

Contemporary Issues in Mission

3

 

GSEM 890 

Course Development and Teaching Practicum

3

MSSN 872

: Contextualization

3

 

MSSN 881

Urban Missions

3

GSEM 867 

PhD Dissertation Research Methods and Proposal Seminar

3

   

Cognate (Chose a course from your cognate)

Submit an article for publication

3

 

Total

18

   

Total

18

 

Year 2

Year 3 – Session 3

 

Year 4 – Session 4

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 728/729

Reading Theological French /German

3

 

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation (16)

 

MSSN 883

Directed Independent Research

3

   

Chapter 3& 4

 

OTST/NTST/THST/MSSN 893

Interdisciplinary Seminar

3

   

Submit an article for publication

 
 

Dissertation Mini Proposal

         
 

Chose a course from your cognate

3

       

GSEM 950 

Comprehensive Exams (0) (Five to six month preparation)

0

       
             
             
             
 

Total

     

Total

 

Grand Total:

 

Full-Time Schedule

PhD– Specialization 1 Old Testament

Year 1

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

OTST 848

Advanced Hebrew

3

 

OTST 862

Advanced Old Testament Exegesis

3

OTST 850

Exilic Prophets

3

 

GSEM 867

PhD Dissertation Research Methods and Proposal Seminar

3

OTST 860

Theology of the Sanctuary

3

 

OTST 865

 Historical Books

3

OTST 861

Biblical Aramaic

3

 

OTST 870

 Biblical Wisdom Literature

3

 

Total

12

   

Total

12

   

Year 2

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

OTST 880

Seminar in Old Testament Studies and Methods

3

 

GSEM 728/729

Reading Theological French/German 3 cr

3

GSEM 890

 Course Development and Teaching Practicum

3

 

--- 883

Directed Independent Research (Cognate course)

3

OTST 882

 Theology of the OT Eschatology

3

 

OTST  893

Interdisciplinary Seminar

3

 

Cognate (Chose a course from your cognate)

3

   

Cognate (Chose a course from your cognate)

3

 

Total

12

   

Total

12

 

Year 3

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 950 

Comprehensive Exams (0) Five -Six month preparation

   

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation Continuation

 

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation (16)

         
 

Submit an article for publication

         
 

Total

16

   

Total

 

Year 4

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

GSEM 995 PhD Dissertation Continuation

     

GSEM 995 PhD Dissertation Continuation

 
             
         

Submit an article for publication

 
         

Final Chapter

 

Grand Total:  64

 

 

Full-Time Schedule

PhD – Specialization 2 New Testament

Year 1

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

NTST 848 

Advanced Greek

3

 

NTST 862

Studies in Jewish Writings

3

NTST 850

Exegesis: 1 and 2 Corinthians

3

 

GSEM 867

 PhD Dissertation Research Methods and Proposal Seminar

3

NTST 860

Theology of the Sanctuary

3

 

NTST 865

Pastoral Epistles

3

NTST 861

Reading LXX

3

 

NTST 870

Prison Epistles of Paul

3

             
 

Total

12

   

Total

12

   

Year 2

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

NTST 880

Seminar in NT Studies and Methods

3

 

GSEM 728/729

Reading Theological French\ German

3

GSEM 890

 Course Development and Teaching Practicum

3

 

NTST 883

 Directed Independent Research

3

NTST 882

Advanced Studies in the Gospels

3

 

--- 893

Interdisciplinary Seminar(Cognate)

3

 

Cognate (Chose a course from your cognate)

3

 

NTST 850

Exegesis 1 & Corinthians (3)

3

             
             
 

Total

12

   

Total

12

 

Year 3

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

             

GSEM 950 

Comprehensive Exams (0) Five -Six month preparation

16

 

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation Continuation

 

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation (16)

         
 

Submit an article for publication

         
             
             
 

Total

16

   

Total

 

Grand Total: 

 

Total

     

Total

 

Year 4

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation Continuation

   

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation Continuation

 
             
 

Submit an article for publication

     

Submit an article for publication

 
 

Final Chapter

     

Final Chapter

 

Grand Total: 

 

Full-Time Schedule

PhD – Specialization 3: Systematic Theology

Year 1

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

THST 861

Principles and Methods of Theology

3

 

THST 862 

Biblical Eschatology

3

THSTS 855

Early Christian Theology

3

 

GSEM 867 

PhD Dissertation Research Methods and Proposal Seminar

3

THST 860

Contemporary Theology

3

 

THST 882 

Human Nature and Destiny

3

THST 865

 Doctrine of God

3

 

THST 870 

Protestant Theological Heritage

3

             
 

Total

12

   

Total

12

   

Year 2

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

THST 880

Seminar in Theological Issues (3)

3

 

GSEM 728/729

Reading Theological French/German

3

GSEM 890 

Course Development and Teaching Practicum (3)

3

 

THST 883

Directed Independent Research

3

THST 891

 History and Theology of Ecumenism (3)

3

   

OTST/NTST/THST/MSSN 893 Interdisciplinary Seminar (Cognate)

3

 

Cognate (Chose a course from your cognate)

3

   

Cognate (Chose a course from your cognate)

3

         

Dissertation Mini Proposal

 
             
 

Total

12

   

Total

12

 

Year 3

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 950 

Comprehensive Exams (0) Five -Six month preparation

   

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation Continuation

 

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation (16)

         
 

Submit an article for publication

     

Submit an article for publication

 
         

Final Chapter

 
             
 

Total

     

Total

 

Grand Total: 

 

Total

     

Total

 

Year 4

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation Continuation

   

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation Continuation

 
             
         

Submit an article for publication

 
         

Final Chapter

 

Grand Total: 

 

 

Full-Time Schedule

PhD – Specialization 4: Missiology

Year 1

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

MSSN 870

Mission Strategy Development

3

 

MSSN 872

Contextualization (3)

 

MSSN 860

Witnessing to Animistic Religions

3

 

GSEM 867 

PhD Dissertation Research Methods and Proposal Seminar

 

MSSN 869

Research Methods in Mission and Ministry

3

 

MSSN 882

Islamic Culture and Society

 

MSSN 875

Contemporary Issues in Mission

3

 

MSSN 875

Anthropology for World Mission and Ministry

 
             
 

Total

12

   

Total

 
   

Year 2

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

MSSN 880

Seminar in Social Sciences and Mission (3)

3

 

GSEM 728/729

Reading Theological French/ German

 

GSEM 890 

Course Development and Teaching Practicum (3)

3

 

MSSN 883

Directed Independent Research

 

MSSN 881

Urban Missions (3)

3

 

OTST/NTST/THST/MSSN 893

Interdisciplinary Seminar  (Cognate)

 
 

Cognate (Chose a course from your cognate)

3

   

Cognate (Chose a course from your cognate)

 
         

Dissertation Mini Proposal

 
             
 

Total

12

   

Total

12

 

Year 3

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 950 

Comprehensive Exams (0) Five -Six month preparation

   

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation Continuation

 

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation (16)

16

   

Submit an article for publication

 
 

Submit an article for publication

         
             
 

Total

16

   

Total

 

Year 4

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation Continuation

   

GSEM 995

PhD Dissertation Continuation

 
 

Submit an article for publication

     

Submit an article for publication

 
 

Final Chapter

     

Final Chapter

 

Grand Total: