Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

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This degree programme is offered in English. Students can choose one of the following two concentrations: Adventist Studies and Mission Studies. For further information, please contact:

Programme Director:

  Rolf PöhlerProf. Rolf J. Pöhler, Th.D. (Andrews University)

Phone: +49-511-640 93 63 or +49-3921-916-209

Skype: poehler1949


General Information and Application:

IH  Mrs. Irina Heinz, Admissions Office

Theologische Hochschule Friedensau, D-39291 Möckern-Friedensau, Germany

Phone: +49-3921-916-134



Application and Information Documents:

12 Reasons to Study in the M.T.S. Programme at Friedensau

  • Discover the historic heartland of Protestantism
  • Get to know Germany–right in the centre of Europe
  • Make life-long friends with other international students
  • Prepare for cross-cultural ministry to fulfil God’s mission
  • Delve into Adventist history and theology, beliefs and values
  • Reflect on the relevance of Adventism for the present and future
  • Live on a beautiful campus, just an hour from Berlin, the capital
  • Study with an internationally trained and highly qualified faculty
  • Use the brand new library and its superior research facilities
  • Enjoy four special weekend excursions to historic sites
  • Choose between full-time study or three-week intensives
  • Benefit from the university’s low-price policy

What does the M.T.S. programme offer?

What does the M.T.S. programme offer?

This programme offers students advanced education in the field of theology which will broaden their horizon and deepen their knowledge in a selected area of emphasis. The general modules cover Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Historical Theology and Studies in Religion. Special attention is given to the contextualization of religious experience in history and society.

The M.T.S. programme is offered as both:

  • a two-year full-time study programme (4 semesters) and
  • a four-year part-time study programme (8 intensive courses, three weeks each)

Students select one of two areas of emphasis:

  • Adventist Studies or
  • Mission Studies

Why an M.T.S. programme in Friedensau?

Since its beginning in 1899, Friedensau was conceived as a school that serves an international constituency. In 1906 a Russian department was added, which prompted the arrival of many students from various parts of Russia. This vision contributed to the rapid growth of the school attracting more than 250 students by 1912. The department flourished until the beginning of World War I.

Today, large numbers of students are coming to Europe in order to profit from the insights and experiences of the Old World. Naturally many are looking to Germany as the country where theology received and gave its most lasting input. Friedensau is particularly qualified as an institution to meet the needs of students seeking a university degree in theological studies that equips them with skills necessary to serve their church and society as intellectual and moral leaders.

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Contact: Rolf Pöhler or Stefan Höschele

Is the M.T.S. programme for you?

If you are interested in one or more of the following …

entering an academic programme devised especially for students looking for a European university education upgrading your education through a church and state accredited, research oriented postgraduate degree preparing yourself for a professional career in a leadership position within the Christian church or in contemporary society studying Seventh-day Adventism–its history, teachings, world view and changing role in the contemporary world–within the context of European culture, history and theology studying Christian or Adventist mission–including its history and theology, mission theory and practice–within the context of religious studies, world religions and global Christianity becoming a well-trained pastor, teacher, church administrator, cross-cultural worker or leader in development cooperation pursuing an academic career in fields such as Adventist studies, inter-church relations, denominational history or mission studies qualifying for doctoral work (thesis research)

… then the M.T.S. programme at Friedensau Adventist University
is just the right programme for you!

Adventist Studies

Adventist Studies

Designed for students with a first degree and some professional experience, the M.T.S. programme offers students continuing education in the field of theology to broaden their horizon and deepen their knowledge in a selected area of emphasis. The general modules require Biblical Studies, studies in Systematic Theology, Historical Theology and Studies in Religion. Special attention is given to the contextualization of religious experience in history and society.
The Adventist Studies emphasis encompasses advanced studies of the history and theology of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It leads students to a better comprehension of the development, self-understanding and societal role of the denomination and enables them to serve in leading functions in the church or work in the field of inter-church relations. At least 50% (60 of 120) ETCS credits-including the Master's Thesis-are related to the selected area of emphasis.

The M.T.S. program is offered both

  • as a two-year full-time study program (4 semesters, 15 weeks each)
  • as a four-year part-time study program (8 intensive courses, three weeks each)

Students may enter the program each semester. The autumn/winter semester lasts from October until January, the spring/summer semester from March till June. The intensive courses are given during this period.

Content of Study

The program consists of 10 modules with 10 ETCS credits each (including 1 research module and the Studium Generale), plus the Master's Thesis with 20 ETCS credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits. 4 research papers (5,000 words) as well as 4 guided research projects are required. The research-oriented Master's Thesis (20,000 words) is written during the final year of study.

A regular module consists of three courses with two credits (together 6 ETCS credits), plus a research paper (4 ETCS credits) or a guided research course on original sources/special literature (3 ETCS credits) and a written exam (1 ETCS credit), adding up to a total of 10 credit points.

Each semester, 2 of the 8 regular modules are offered, requiring 4 semesters or 2 years of full-time study (in residence). Part-time (non-residential) students need a total of 4 years to complete the program. Module grades are given on the basis of the 4 research papers, 4 written and/or oral examinations, and the Master's Thesis.

In Adventist Studies, the following modules are offered:

  • Module 01 Biblical Exegesis and Theology
  • Module 02 Eschatology and Apocalyptic
  • Module 03 History of Protestant Churches
  • Module 04 Seventh-day Adventist History
  • Module 05 Systematic Theology
  • Module 06 Adventist Theology in Context
  • Module 08 Religious Studies
  • Module 09 Church, Society and Sociology
  • Module 13 Research or Supplementary Studies
  • Module 14 Studium Generale
  • Module 15 Master's Thesis

For more details, see the Module Handbook

Can I transfer credits to the M.T.S. program?

Students are encouraged to transfer at least 1 module (10 credit points) from other institutions, if comparable to those offered by the M.T.S. A maximum of 5 modules (including the research or supplementary module) or 50 credit points may be transferred from other institutions. One year of residency is required of full-time students.

What is meant by "Studium Generale?"

On the weekends during the intensives, special offers are made to help students improve their research and writing skills as well as to foster their cultural awareness and appreciation and to develop an informed understanding of European-particularly religious-history. At no extra cost, 4 weekend excursions to historic sites in Germany provide a unique hands-on learning experience, as do visits to museums, concerts, and performances.


1 credit Reformation history study tour I Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Dessau, Eisleben
1 credit Reformation history study tour II Weimar, Erfurt, Eisenach (incl. Wartburg)
1 credit Pietism history study tour Halle/Leipzig, Dresden, Herrnhut, Görlitz
1 credit Cultural history study tour Berlin (incl. Museum Island, Synagogue)
2 credits Experiencing the Arts-I, II An encounter with the arts and aesthetics
2 credits Research Methods-I, II How to do solid academic research
2 credits Research and Writing Skills-I, II How to prepare/write a scholarly paper


General Admission Requirements

All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a result of at least 550 (PBT = paper-based test) or 213 (CBT = computer-based test) or 79 (iBT = internet-based test) points or another comparable performance, such as the IELTS (6.0) or the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (Grade B). Applicants who received their B.A. degree in an English-language study program are exempt.

Admission Requirements M.T.S. (Adventist Studies)

A Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in Theology or Religion with an overall grade of at least "Good" (B+). Applicants with a B.A. degree in other fields of study must earn 60 credit points (or 1 year of study) in theology and acquire intermediate certificates in Greek and Hebrew (with a minimum of 90 hours of instruction in Greek and 60 hours in Hebrew); a language exam may be required for admission. At least 1 year of professional practice is a prerequisite.

Tution Fees

The total cost of the M.T.S. program-including tuition, room and board, as well as medical insurance-amounts to about 19,000 euros.

Books and photocopies, pocket money, and travel costs to and from Friedensau are not included in this sum and need to be added.

Student work scholarships (for full-time students only) and other scholarships are available on a limited basis and can be applied for after enrolment.

Financial Information

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