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Master of Arts in Theology

Apply a greater depth of knowledge within your chosen area of specialisation to contemporary issues in the Church.

About the Course

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. This course 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.

Why enrol in MA Theology with us?

  • You will develop a deeper knowledge of Scripture
  • You will explore the Church’s theology, history and mission
  • You will gain competence in pastoral skills that are relevant to the needs of the contemporary world

Your future matters.

  • In combination with the Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry and Mission,this course (or equivalent) is a requirement for employment in pastoral ministry within the Trans- European Division as well as many other regions of the Adventist Church
  • Because the programme allows you to become specialised in particular areas of theological study, the Master of Arts in Theology enables a wider range of employment opportunities than other similar degrees
  • By specialising in one of our pathways you will be well prepared for entering into teaching ministry (particularly at primary or secondary level) or academia, particularly in theological writing, research or publishing
  • If you are interested in a career in counselling, then our Pastoral Studies pathway will prepare you for this.

We have an excellent record of preparing employable Theology graduates, and maintain close relationships with the Church’s Ministerial Advisory Committee.

 

The course breakdown

MA THEOLOGY

Your academic years

The content of this course reflects the Adventist Church’s conviction that successful ministry must be based on a deep knowledge of Scripture and an understanding of the Church’s theology, history and mission.

This course provides a threefold emphasis: biblical, theological and pastoral. The structure, content and assessment patterns of the course have been designed to equip you with the critical and analytical skills necessary for employment, while instilling a desire and passion for lifelong learning and personal development.

Pathways

Biblical Studies

The Biblical Studies pathway, within which you will choose to complete the Old Testament or New Testament route, provides opportunities for developing and mastering skills in translation and exegesis at an advanced level. You will engage in rigorous and independent research of complex exegetical issuesand in self-reflective examination of how the biblical text may be appropriated to complex and unpredictablesituations in modern culture through application of contemporary hermeneutics. Additionally, the Biblical Studies pathway enables the student to investigate the tendenz of specific texts within the larger biblical and theological context, as well as in the tradition of the Adventist Church.

You must complete:
NCTR7001 Biblical Hermeneutics (20 credits), plus a further 100 credits chosen fromeither the Old Testament or the New Testament pathway (samples listed below).

Pathways

Pastoral Studies

The Pastoral Studies pathway will provide opportunities for you to respond to the complex and often perplexing issues that challenge Christian faith and ministry in today’s rapidly changing world. You will learn to respond creatively to various complex tasks relating to ministry in the current global context and contemporary European culture. You will learn to master the professional skills essential for successful ministry, scholarship and leadership, both within the diverse and changing context of the Adventist Church and in the wider community.

You must complete:
• NCTR7006 Theological Methods for
Pastoral Studies (20 credits)
plus a further 100 credits from the modules listed.

Full-time students in the Pastoral Studies pathway will take three modules each semester. Not all the listed modules will be offered every year.

Pathways

Systematic Theology

The Systematic Theology pathway will provide opportunities for you to master the ability to think theologically and to ‘do’ theology in a critical, reflective and creative manner. You will engage in a rigorous application of the methods and principles unique to the disciplines of biblical and systematic theology. You will examine complex historical theological systems and learn to constructively respond to them.

The Systematic Theology pathway is designed to encourage in-depth research of the leading motifs of Adventist Christianity within the context of the wider Christian and philosophical traditions.

You must complete:
• NCTR7008 Principles and Methods of
Theology (20 credits)

  plus a further 100 credits from the following modules.

Modules

To fulfil the requirements for this course you will need to successfully complete 180 credits, comprising:

• 120 credits (six modules, 20 credits each) of taught modules from your chosen specialisation
and
• a 60-credit 15,000-word research dissertation

By completing a specialisation you will be able to build a solid platform for your future employment or for further education.

  • Biblical Studies Modules - Old Testament Pathway

    • 20: NCTR7002 - Old Testament Exegesis: Studies in Prophetic Texts
    • 20 : NCTR7003 - Old Testament Thematic: Old Testament and Creation
    • 20: NCTR7010 - OT Thematic: OT and Spirituality
    • 20: NCTR7011 - The Reception of the Bible in Contemporary Culture
    • 20: NCTR7038 - Old Testament and Ethics
    • 20: NCTR7037 - The Book of Ecclesiastes
    • 20: NCTR7007 - Exegesis of Key Texts in Adventism: Marriage Texts
    • 20: NCTR7042 - Ableism and Disability
    • 20: NCTR7043 - Race, Identity and Nation
    • 20: NCTR7044 - Gender and Sex
    • 20: An elective from Systematic Theology (second semester)
  • Biblical Studies Modules - New Testament Pathway

    • 20: NCTR7004 - New Testament Exegesis: Studies in the New Testament Letters
    • 20: NCTR7012 - New Testament Thematic: New Testament and Cultic Reconstruction
    • 20: NCTR7005 - New Testament Thematic: New Testament Second Temple Judaism
    • 20: NCTR7011 -The Reception of the Bible in Contemporary Culture
    • 20: NCTR7007 - Exegesis of Key Texts in Adventism: Marriage Texts
    • 20: NCTR7042 - Ableism and Disability
    • 20: NCTR7043 - Race, Identity and Nation
    • 20: NCTR7044 - Gender and Sex
    • 20: An elective from Systematic Theology (second-semester)
  • Pastoral Studies Modules

    • 20: NCTR7006 - Theological Methods for Pastoral Studies
    • 20: NCTR7007 - Exegesis of Key Texts in Adventism: Marriage Texts
    • 20: NCTR7013 - Biblical Theology and Praxis of Ministry and Mission
    • 20: NCTR7014 - Pastoral Counselling
    • 20: NCTR7015 - Evangelism and Community
    • 20: NCTR7016 - Church Music and Liturgy
    • 20: NCTR7017 - Pastoral Ethics
    • 20: NCTR7018 - Church Leadership and Administration
    • 20: NCTR7019- Preaching Biblical Narratives
    • 20: An elective from Biblical Studies or Systematic Theology modules
  • Systematic Theology Modules

    • 20: NCTR7007 - Exegesis of Key Texts in Adventism: Marriage Texts
    • 20: NCTR7009 - Leading Motifs in Adventist Theology
    • 20: NCTR7020 - Emerging Perspectives in Soteriology
    • 20: NCTR7021 - Emerging Perspectives in Ecclesiology
    • 20 : NCTR7022 - Issues and Trends in Contemporary Theology
    • 20 : NCTR7013 - Biblical Theology and Praxis of Ministry and Mission
  • Research

    In consultation with your lecturers, you will research a topic of your own choosing within your specialised route of study and write your dissertation under the guidance of a designated supervisor.

    • 60:

      The culmination of the programme is the 60-credit master’s dissertation where you will produce a 15,000-word paper based on independent research.

      Research Dissertation

Entry Requirements

Our mission is to provide quality higher education and unlock our students’ potential from all educational backgrounds. Here are our entry requirements.

Entry requirements

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 Postgraduate Diploma in Biblical and Pastoral Studies (or equivalent)

If English is not your native language, you will need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of the language to study. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

Further Details

MA Theology

Your options

Work experience and placement

There is no formal placement requirement in the Master of Arts in Theology, however students are strongly encouraged to gain as much relevant experience as possible in the church they attend.

Newbold’s Department of Theological Studies also hosts a Sabbath School class each every Saturday, and postgraduate students are invited to and encouraged to take active roles in leading and teaching this class.

 

Exit points

There are several exit points available from the Master of Arts in Theology for those who decide they would no longer like to continue their studies. Each of these exit points are formal postgraduate qualifications and will be of value to your education and experience portfolio in your pursuit of Church or other employment.

Postgraduate Certificate in Theology

If you successfully complete any 60 credits (one full-time semester) from the Master of Arts in Theology you may choose to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Theology.

Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry and Mission

By successfully completing 60 credits (one full-time semester) and satisfying the programme requirements for the mission and ministry-focused [Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry and Mission], you may exit with this qualification.

Postgraduate Diploma in Theology

If you successfully complete 120 credits (two full-time semesters), but do not complete a dissertation, you may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology.