The Master of Arts in Theology prepares you for ministry within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The international character of the Adventist Church and its multicultural context requires great diversity in ministry, on both the educational and on the pastoral level. The MA in Theology is designed to meet these challenges and will offer you a wide variety of study areas that are relevant to contemporary issues in the Church, as well as Adventist and Christian history. Newbold’s comprehensive training with equip you with:
- A deep and relevant knowledge of Scripture.
- Competence in pastoral skills that are relevant to the needs of the contemporary world.
- Knowledge as you explore Church’s theology, history and mission.
- Clarity for your future as you discover the endless possibilities of all three key pathways offered.
- Specialist training that will enable a wider range of employment opportunities than other similar degrees.
To fulfill the requirements for the Master of Arts in Theology you will need to successfully complete 120 credits (six modules, 20 credits each) of taught modules, and a 60 credit 15,000-word research dissertation, to total 180 credits. Each of the modules in the Master of Arts in Theology is worth 20 credits. As a full-time student you will complete three modules per semester for your first two semesters, and you will complete a dissertation in an area of your choosing in your final semester. As a part-time student you will follow a similar pattern to full-time students, but you will complete six modules across four semesters, and you will spend two semesters completing your dissertation. The Master of Arts in Theology offers you three pathways of specialisation, which you will move into as soon as you begin your studies: Biblical Studies (in which students can choose to take the Old Testament route or the New Testament route) Pastoral Studies Systematic Theology Plus The Master’s Research Dissertation
You may need to meet different entry requirements depending on where you are from and what your academic background is. Generally, to be eligible for entry to the Master of Arts in Theology, you will need to have completed: Bachelor of Arts in Theology with one biblical language (either Hebrew or Greek) OR An undergraduate degree in any area, plus a Graduate Diploma in Biblical and Pastoral Studies (or equivalent)
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