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.


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

Admission Requirements

  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:

7. Meet any other requirement as shall be determined by the Graduate Admission Committee of the Seminary.


Contact Details

Programme Coordinator: Dr Robert Osei-Bonsu  

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Duration of the Programme

There are three phases to the PhD degree. The programme has in total 64-semester credits structured as follows:

Additional time must be taken into consideration if a student needs to complete prerequisites before entering the programme including meeting Biblical Languages and English language proficiency requirements.

Curriculum

Description

No of Courses

Credits

General Seminary/ Research Courses

4

22

Common Course

5

15

Core Concentration Courses

6

18

Cognate Concentration Courses

3

9

Total

18

64

 

General Seminary/Research Courses (22 credit hours)

Prefix

Course Title

Credits

GSEM 867

PhD Dissertation Research Methods and Proposal Seminar

3

GSEM 890

Course Development and Teaching Practicum

3

GSEM 950

Comprehensive Exams

0

GSEM 955

PhD Dissertation

16

 

Core Courses According to a Concentration (33 credit hours)

Old Testament Concentration

Common Courses (15 Credits)

OTST 890

Study Tour of the Bible Land and Archaeology

3

OTST 848

Advanced Hebrew Grammar

3

OTST 861

Biblical Aramaic

3

OTST 862

Advanced Old Testament Exegesis: Ezekiel

3

OTST 880

Seminar in Textual Criticism

3

Core Courses (18 credits)

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

OTST 883 

Seminar in the Doctrine of Creation

3

New Testament Concentration

Common Courses (15 Credits)

OTST 800

Study Tour of the Bible Land and Archaeology

3

NTST 848

Advanced Greek Grammar

3

NTST 861

Reading LXX

3

NTST 862

Studies in Christian & Jewish Writings

3

NTST 880

Seminar in NT Studies and Methods

3

Core Courses (18 credits)

NTST 850

Exegesis: 1 & 2 Corinthians

3

NTST 860

Theology of the Sanctuary

3

NTST 865

Pastoral Epistles

3

NTST 870

Prison Epistles of Paul

3

NTST 882

Advanced studies in the Gospels

3

Systematic Theology (Theological Studies) Concentration

Common Courses (15 Credits)

THST 847

Biblical and Theological Hermeneutics

3

THST 861

Principles and Methods of Theology

3

THST 862

Biblical Eschatology

3

THST 880

Seminar in Theological Issues

3

THST 881

History and Theology of Ecumenism

3

Core Courses (18 credits)

THST 855

Early Christian Theology

3

THST 860

Contemporary Theology

3

THST 863

Doctrine of God

3

THST 870

Protestant Theological Heritage

3

THST 882

Human Nature and Destiny

3

THST 883

Seminar in Systematic Theology

3

Mission Theology (World Mission) Concentration

Common Courses (15 Credits)

MSSN 830

Cross-Cultural Leadership Development

3

MSSN 870

Mission Strategy Development

3

MSSN 872

Contextualization

3

MSSN 880

Seminar in Social Sciences and Mission

3

MSSN 881

Urban Missions

3

Core Courses (18 credits)

MSSN 860

Witnessing to Animistic Religions

3

MSSN 869

Research Methods in Mission and Ministry

3

MSSN 874

Contemporary Issues in Mission

3

MSSN 875

Anthropology for World Mission and Ministry

3

MSSN 882

Islamic Culture and Society

3

MSSN 883

Seminar in Theology of Mission

3

 

Cognate Concentration Courses/ Electives (9 Credits)

 

Old Testament

New Testament

Theological Studies

World Mission

 

1

OTST 850 Exilic Prophets

NTST 850 Exegesis:
1 & 2 Corinthians

THST 862 Biblical Eschatology

MSSN 885 Contemporary Issues in Mission

3

2

OTST 870 Biblical Wisdom Literature

NTST 882 Advanced Studies in the Gospels

THST 887 Contemporary Theology

MSSN 887 Mission Strategy Development           

3

3

OTST 883 Seminar in the Doctrine of Creation

NTST 883 Seminar in NT Exegesis & Hermeneutics

THST 880 Seminar in Theological Issues

MSSN 880 Seminar in Social Sciences and Mission

3

Grand Total:

64