Master of ­Theological Studies­

The Master of Theological Studies 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, Mission Studies and Studies in Religion.

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

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

Application period

for the summer semester:
applicants with visa:
1 April – 30 September
applicants without a visa:
1 November – 28 February

for the winter semester:
applicants with visa:
1 January – 30 April
applicants without a visa:
1 April – 31 August

Beginning of the program

Winter or Summer Semester

Time frame

Two-year full-time (4 semesters) or four-year part-time (8 intensive courses, three weeks each)

Study mode

Full-time | part-time

Degree

Master of Theological Studies

Language

English

Tuition Fees

Financial Bulletin

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Icon PlusWhy an M.T.S. Programme in 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
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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

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.

»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 – we want you to be our colleague in understanding God’s ways with the Adventist denomination in the past and present, 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 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.

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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 creditReformation history study tour I.Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Dessau, Eisleben
1 creditReformation history study tour IIWeimar, Erfurt, Eisenach (incl. Wartburg)
1 creditPietism history study tourHalle/Leipzig, Dresden, Herrnhut, Görlitz
1 creditCultural history study tourBerlin (incl. Museum Island, Synagogue)
2 creditsExperiencing the Arts-I, IIAn encounter with the arts and aesthetics
2 creditsResearch Methods-I, IIHow to do solid academic research
2 creditsResearch and Writing Skills-I, IIHow to prepare/write a scholarly paper

We would like to help you by answering your questions!

If you want to register firmly for a study course, please send the signed application form to:

Irina Heinz

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

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Prof. Rolf J. Pöhler, PhD

M.T.S. Programme Supervisor

Professor of Systematic Theology

Director of Institute of Adventist Studies

 

­Mission­ Studies

The Mission Studies emphasis 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) ETCS credits-including the Master´s Thesis- are related to the selected area of emphasis.

»The M.T.S. 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

Studying 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 – we want you to be our colleague in finding avenues to reach the world with the good news, 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 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 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.

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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 creditReformation history study tour I.Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Dessau, Eisleben
1 creditReformation history study tour IIWeimar, Erfurt, Eisenach (incl. Wartburg)
1 creditPietism history study tourHalle/Leipzig, Dresden, Herrnhut, Görlitz
1 creditCultural history study tourBerlin (incl. Museum Island, Synagogue)
2 creditsExperiencing the Arts-I, IIAn encounter with the arts and aesthetics
2 creditsResearch Methods-I, IIHow to do solid academic research
2 creditsResearch and Writing Skills-I, IIHow to prepare/write a scholarly paper

We would like to help you by answering your questions!

If you want to register firmly for a study course, please send the signed application form to:

Irina Heinz

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

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Dr. László Szabó

Director, 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 B.A. degree in an English-language study program are exempt.

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.

Application ­process

  • Submit the fully completed application package on the application website within the application period.
  • The application will be discussed at the academic admission and financial committees respectively (within 1 week to 1 month). The decision of acceptance will be made under consideration of the enrolment capacity and a completed financial plan.
  • The admission committees’ decision will be communicated to the applicant by the admissions office within one week by e-mail.
  • Admitted applicants will be asked to transfer the down payment and deposit to the University within 2-3 weeks after the admission decision is communicated.
  • Upon the receipt of the down payment and deposit, the admissions office prepares and sends to the prospective student the study documents, in case a visa is required also the relevant for the embassy which may take up to 1 month.
  • only with visa requirement: The applicant applies for 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.

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If you want to register firmly for a study course, please send the signed application form to Irina Heinz, Director of Admissions Office.

Irina Heinz

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

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