The Master of Theology Program offers a third level degree in theology and is similar to the Doctor of Philosophy in Religion (PhD). It is intended for MDiv or MA-R graduates with a strong academic orientation, who wish to become specialists in Applied Theology, Biblical Studies, or Historical-Theological Studies. It is accredited by the Adventist Accreditation Association (AAA) and the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA).
The degree involves a minimum duration of two years of specialized study and research beyond the master’s degree. The student chooses a concentration and a cognate from one particular field of study. This degree program equips individuals for research and qualifies them to teach in theological colleges in their area of concentration.
Two years for in-residence candidates. Four years for In-Ministry candidates.
August for in-residence MTh students. May for In-Ministry MTh students. Late applications may not be considered until the following year.
1. An MA in Religion (MA-R) or MDiv degree.
2. A minimum entrance GPA of 3.50 on a four-point scale (or equivalent).
3. A minimum of two years of full–time church ministry experience.
4. The following additional documents must be submitted to the Admissions Office:
5. Demonstrated proficiency in English.
6. A Research Paper with an original (20-page minimum), publishable quality, academic article (or thesis summary) in the area of interest, which is to be reviewed and approved by the major department and program director of the area of concentration. Detailed guidelines will be made available to the applicant as part of the enrollment package. In case the paper is not written in English, the original and a translated version need to be submitted.
7. An interview with the candidate.
Each MTh candidate will choose one area of concentration from the following:
In addition to a concentration, students should choose a cognate from a different field of study. Possible options for the cognate are as follows:
The In-Ministry track of the MTh in Religion program allows candidates to save on the total cost of earning an MTh as well as continue their employment. However, candidates should meet the English proficiency and clear all prerequisites before being allowed to enter this track:
Candidates and their employers should sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) making sure that students will be able to come to AIIAS one term (2 months) per year during Sessions 1 to 3 of their program, for 6 months during Session 4 (see table), and be able to spend at least 10 quality hours a week to complete assignments during the rest of each year while in the program. Candidates should also have an adequate Internet connection, and access to suitable academic libraries online and offline while studying at home. The Seminary will contact and evaluate, and may even visit the proposed libraries in the student’s country.
In-Ministry MTh Students will spend a term during each of their first three years at AIIAS taking classes, attending doctoral seminars, and completing Directed Readings/Research during the rest of the year. This way, the student will register for up to 12 units a year. At the beginning of the Session 3 on campus, students will take the general knowledge examination. For Session 4, students will come for 6 months finishing the rest of the course credits and preparing for comprehensive examinations. The last month will be reserved for taking the comprehensive examinations. This schedule requires good time management and planning.
It is recommended that the student comes alone to take courses on AIIAS campus. The Seminary will provide the necessary doctoral seminars when InMinistry MTh students are on campus. Before going home every year the student should propose topics and sign a number of contracts for Directed Readings/Research in order to fulfill the planned credits for the yearly session, make the necessary arrangements with professors, examiners, advisors, or committees, and to renew their library research. All other program requirements specified in the MTh description of the AIIAS Bulletin apply to the In-Ministry MTh track as well.
|Session||On-Campus Residence||Rest of year||Aim to Complete|
|1||6 credits (AIIAS)||6 credits (home)||12 credits|
|2||6 credits (AIIAS)||6 credits (home)||12 credits|
|3||General knowledge examination,
6 credits (AIIAS)
|6 credits (home)||Pre-candidacy, 12 credits|
|4||6 credits (incl. teaching
|MTh degree awarded|
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