Master of ­Theological Studies­

The Master of Theological Studies program 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 cover Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, Mission Studies, and Studies in Religion.

Special attention is paid to the contextualization of religious experience in history and society. Students can choose one of the following two specializations: Adventist Studies or Mission Studies.

For more information, see the M.T.S. Flyer.

Application period

For the summer semester:

Applicants with visa:
April 1 to August 31

Applicants without visa:
November 1 to February 28

For the winter semester:

Applicants with visa:
December 1 to March 31

Applicants without visa:
April 1 to August 31

Beginning of the program

Winter semester
Summer semester

Length of the program

Full-time studies: 2 years / 4 semesters
Part-time studies: 4 years / 8 intensive courses (three weeks each)

Study options

Full-time studies
Part-time studies

Degree

Master of Theological Studies

Language

English

Tuition

Financial Bulletin

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Icon PlusWhy become a student in the M.T.S. program at FAU?

  • 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 Germany’s capital Berlin
  • 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
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Is the M.T.S. program the right study program for me?

The M.T.S. program at Friedensau Adventist University is just the right program for you if you want to …

  • enter an academic program especially designed for students looking for European university education
  • upgrade your education with a church and state-accredited, research-oriented postgraduate degree
  • prepare for a professional career in a leadership position within the Christian church or in contemporary society
  • study Seventh-day Adventism—its history, teachings, world view, and changing role in the contemporary world—within the context of European culture, history, and theology
  • study Christian or Adventist mission—including its history and theology, mission theory and practice—within the context of religious studies, world religions, and global Christianity
  • become a well-trained pastor, teacher, church administrator, cross-cultural worker, or leader in development cooperation
  • pursue an academic career in fields such as Adventist Studies, Inter-Church Relations, Denominational History, or Mission Studies
  • qualify for doctoral work (thesis research)

­Adventist ­Studies

Designed for students with a first degree and some professional experience, the M.T.S. program 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 cover Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, Mission Studies, and Studies in Religion. Special attention is paid to the contextualization of religious experience in history and society.

The Adventist Studies specialization 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 work in leading functions in the church or in inter-church relations. At least 50% (60 of 120) of the ETCS credits, including the Master’s thesis, are related to the selected area of emphasis.

Friedensau is about the cross-cultural flair and the scholarly pledge that helped me through much-appreciated reflections on Adventist Studies.

Sully Sanon (Haiti), Master of Theological Studies

Adventist Studies? Why should we look back into the history of Adventism?

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has existed for more than 150 years, and it is our privilege to explore how a tiny band of American believers has developed into one of the most widespread Protestant denominations. As we do so together, we want to learn for our contemporary ministry, discuss the challenges ahead, and contribute to global conversations in Adventism.

We invite you not only to be our student, but to be our colleague in understanding God’s ways with the Adventist denomination in the past and present and to be a fellow researcher in the fascinating history of the movement to which we belong.

Stefan Höschele, Ph.D. (University of Malawi), Dean of the School of Theology

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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 examination (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 studies (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.

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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 an academic paper

We would like to answer your questions!

If you want to apply for a program, please send the signed application form to:

Irina Heinz

Telephone: + 49 (0) 3921 916-134
Email:

Prof. Rolf J. Pöhler, PhD

M.T.S. Program Director

Professor of Systematic Theology

Director of the Institute of Adventist Studies

 

­Mission­ Studies

The Mission Studies specialization focuses on the history and theology of Christian mission, on intercultural relations, and on the relationship of Christianity to other world religions. The goal is to develop a thoroughly reflected theological understandig of Christian mission. Students will gain advanced competencies and skills that are relevant for serving in countries where Christianity is not the traditional religion or cultural background. At least 50% (60 of 120) of the ETCS credits, including the Master’s Thesis, are related to the selected area of emphasis.

The M.T.S. program enlarged my vision and equipped me with the necessary tools for doing mission in an increasingly secularized world.

Vladimir Krumov (Bulgaria), Master of Theological Studies

Study mission? Is mission not something we simply have to do?

Well, Mission Studies is a discipline that has existed for about five generations, and we want to contribute our share to understanding how the Gospel of Jesus Christ can cross cultural divides today, how our witness can reach people in secular societies, how the Kingdom of God can become a tangible reality in the midst of the plural world in which we are placed.
We invite you not only to be our student, but to be our colleague in finding avenues to reach the world with the good news and to be a fellow researcher in the most important activity—communicating about God.

Stefan Höschele, Ph.D. (University of Malawi), Dean of the School of Theology

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The program consists of 10 modules with 10 ETCS credits each (including 1 research module and the Studium Generale), plus the Masters 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 examination (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 studies (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 Mission Studies, the following modules are offered:

  • Module 01 Biblical Exegesis and Theology
  • Module 03 History of Protestant Churches
  • Module 05 Systematic Theology
  • Module 06 Adventist Theology in Context (Elective)
  • Module 07 International Social Sciences (Elective)
  • Module 08 Religious Studies
  • Module 09 Church, Society and Sociology
  • Module 10 History and Theology of Mission
  • Module 11 Missiological Issues
  • Module 13 Research or Supplementary Studies
  • Module 14 Studium Generale
  • Module 15 Master’s Thesis

For more details, see the Module Handbook.

Icon PlusStudium 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 an academic paper

We would like to answer your questions!

If you want to apply for a program, please send the signed application form to:

Irina Heinz

Telephone: + 49 (0) 3921 916-134
Email:

Dr. László Szabó

Director of the Arthur Daniells Institute of Mission Studies

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 Bachelor’s degree in an English-language program are exempt.

A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Theology or Religion with an overall grade of “good” (B+) or better. Applicants with a Bachelor’s 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 examination may be required for admission. At least 1 year of professional practice is a prerequisite.

Admissions ­procedure

  • Submit the complete application file online within the registration deadline.
  • The application for admission will be examined by the Academic Admissions Committee and the Finance Committee within 1 week to 1 month. The decision on admission will be made under consideration of the admission capacity and the clarified student financing.
  • The applicant will be notified in writing by e-mail within one week after the meeting of the Admissions Commission/Finance Commission.
  • Admitted applicants will be asked to transfer the down payment and the deposit to FAU within 2-3 weeks after being informed about the decision on admission, EU citizens by August 31 at the latest, non-EU citizens by May 31 at the latest.
  • Upon the receipt of the down payment and deposit, the Admissions Office will send the letter of admission as well as information for the start of studies and the arrival to the prospective student. In case the student needs a visa, further documents relevant for the embassy will be sent within 1 month.
  • Information on visa: Prospective students need a student visa. Please check in advance how much time you need in order to receive an appointment at the respective embassy. The visa application normally takes 6-8 weeks.

The easiest way for applicants to FAU is the online application—simply create a user account and start the online application right away.

MTS scholarships available

Friedensau Adventist University offers 12 scholarships for students with superior grades (GPA 3.5 or better in the American grading system). Half of the tuition is waived, the other half are due only (within a few years) after graduation. The Arthur Daniells Scholarship is earmarked for the Mission Studies specialization, the Joseph Bates Scholarship is earmarked for the Adventist Studies specialization. Four of the scholarships are reserved for women. For application, contact ">.

­Any questions?­

  • on programs
  • on application
  • on finances
  • or in general

We would like to answer your questions!

If you want to apply for a program, please use our online application form.

Irina Heinz

Head of Admissions Office and International Office
P +49 (0) 3921 219 16 134
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