Bachelor of Arts Theology (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts in Theology is aimed at anyone whose goal is to work as a pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The bachelor’s degree is the prerequisite for the subsequent master’s programme, which must be successfully completed in order to become a pastor in Germany.

The programme may also be of interest, however, to anyone wishing to take a basic course of study in the field of theology, whether for reasons of personal interest or in order to pursue further studies in another programme. The bachelor’s degree is a universal degree and can be added to the holder’s name. At the same time it is also an initial professional qualification which allows the holder to become a pastoral assistant or deacon, or in some countries a pastor.

Prospective students should have a desire to work with them on their individual paths through life, and to give skilled support to groups and congregations. Along with personal maturity, this requires knowledge of subject material and methods, knowledge which the programme aims to impart. This is achieved through contact with the ancient languages, an introduction to exegetical methods, systematic, historical and practical-theological studies, practical training alongside the programme, and communal life on campus.

Contents

Contents

The contents of the programme extend over the whole field of theology and are divided into the following areas:

  • Old Testament (from the story of Israel to the theology of the prophets)
  • New Testament (from the life of Jesus to the theology of the early church)
  • Systematic theology (from the foundations of Christian doctrine to its justification for today)
  • Historical theology (from the origins of the church to its present-day developments)
  • Practical theology (from preaching to pastoral care)
  • Mission and Church Growth (from leading a congregation to understanding the world)

Structure

Structure

The standard period of study is 6 semesters. It may be extended by up to 2 semesters upon application.

The programme has a modular structure. A module consists of several courses which are grouped in a thematic block. The modules generally take one semester or one year of study.

Courses offered at present

Courses offered at present

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

For German applicants, the prerequisite for the programme is the general qualification for university entrance (Abitur). Particularly able working applicants who do not have a university entrance qualification, but whose talents, personality and educational background make them possible candidates, can demonstrate that they have the knowledge and abilities required for the study of a particular subject by successfully passing a test to assess their suitability for study (assessment test). The university’s Admissions Office will provide more detailed information.

Foreign applicants whose high school qualification is equivalent to the German Abitur can in principle expect to be admitted to study at our university. Applicants from countries whose high school qualification is below the level of the German Abitur must either have studied successfully in their home country for one or two years (depending on the country), or must complete a preparatory course at a Studienkolleg in Germany. Foreign applicants who have little or no knowledge of German can take a one-year course in German as a foreign language (“Deutsch als Fremdsprache”) at Friedensau Adventist University. Applicants must otherwise be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of German, e.g. by successfully passing a test of German as a foreign language (TestDaF exam) with level-4 results in all 4 areas of performance (4 x TDN 4).

Period of study

Period of study

Study at the FAU follows the standard periods of study in Germany. Studies commence at the beginning of the winter semester.

Admission

Admission

Application packs for admission to a programme of study can be requested from the Admissions Office/International Office. The application for admission should be sent to the Admissions Office or International Office. In addition to the application for admission, the following documents must be submitted in full by the deadline:

  • certified photocopies of the original certificates showing school-leaving qualifications and any periods of study
  • information on how the programme of study will be financed
  • curriculum vitae
  • a photo

(Periods of study should be documented as precisely as possible with relevant evidence, e.g. transcript etc. Please do not send original certificates! The documents remain in the possession of the university. Official translations of all foreign-language documents must be in German, except in the case of English or French documents.)

An application for admission can only be processed by the university when the necessary documents have been received in full. Hence the admissions procedure can only consider those applications for which the necessary documents have been submitted by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Deadlines

Deadlines

The deadline for submission of the application for admission is: for German applicants, 20 September (for October start), for foreign applicants, 31 May (for October start). Applications for admission which arrive after this deadline cannot be considered.

Notice of admission

Notice of admission

The applications for admission to study are processed by the Admissions Office/International Office. The decision regarding admission is taken under consideration of the university places available, the level of qualification, and the evidence of funding for the programme. If all necessary prerequisites are fulfilled, the applicant will receive written notification of admission. The confirmation of admission for foreign applicants will only be sent once the deposit has been paid.