Master of ­Theological Studies­

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) 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.

The MTS program is offered as both a two-year full-time study program (4 semesters) and a four-year part-time study program (8 intensive modules, three weeks each). Students can choose one of the following specializations: Adventist Studies or Mission Studies or Biblical Studies.

 

Is the MTS programme for you?

The MTS 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)

Application period

For the summer semester:

Applicants who need visa:
April 1 to August 31

Applicants who do not need visa:
November 1 to February 28

For the winter semester:

Applicants who need visa:
December 1 to March 31

Applicants who do not need visa:
April 1 to September 30

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
(120 credits)

Language

English

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Icon PlusWhy become a student in the MTS 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

­Adventist ­Studies

Designed for students with a first degree and some professional experience, the MTS 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 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), MTS Graduate

After a twelve-year career as an electronic engineer, I joined the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) program at
Friedensau. During this exciting journey, I have experienced God in new ways which enhanced my relationship with
Him. I also developed a better understanding of the Adventist church and the challenges we are facing in today’s
world. The M.T.S. also prepared me to pursue doctoral studies in Europe.

Eudritch Jean, M.T.S. (from Haiti)

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 credits each (including one Electives or Research Module and the Studium Generale), plus the Master's Thesis with 20 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits. At least four research papers (5,000 words) 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 credits), plus a research paper (4 credits) or a guided research course on original sources/special literature and a written examination (4 credits), adding up to a total of 10 credits.

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 research papers, written and oral examinations, and the Master's Thesis.

In Adventist Studies, the following modules are offered:

  • Module 01 Biblical Exegesis and Theology 1
  • Module 02 Eschatology and Apocalyptic
  • Module 03 History of Protestant Churches
  • Module 04 History of Seventh-Day Adventists
  • Module 05 Systematic Theology
  • Module 06 Adventist Theology in Context
  • Module 08 Religious Studies
  • Module 09 Church, Society, and Sociology
  • Module 12 Electives or Research Module
  • Module 13 Studium Generale
  • Module 14 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 this program, please contact:

Rolf J. Pöhler
Prof.

Th.D. (USA)
Professor für Systematische Theologie
Leiter des Instituts für adventistische Geschichte und Theologie
Studiengangsleiter „Master of Theological Studies“

Telefon: +49 (0) 511 640 93 63 | +49 179 754 08 13
E-Mail:

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Irina Heinz

Leiterin Zulassungsamt | Akademisches Auslandsamt

Telefon: + 49 (0) 3921 916-134
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201
E-Mail:

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

­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 credits, including the master's thesis, are related to the selected area of emphasis.

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

Vladimir Krumov (Bulgaria), MTS Graduate

Ten years into my ministry as a pastor, I decided to join the Mission Studies program at Friedensau. God's great call made me reconsider how we do ministry in the challenging climate of my country. The Czech Republic is one of the most atheistic countries in the world and religious affiliations are disappearing fast. I am now learning to find new ways for proclaiming the gospel, planting new churches and reviving existing ones in a post-Christian environment.

Tomáš Dymáček Th.B.

Study mission?

Is mission not something we simply have to do?

"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 credits each (including one Electives or Research Module and the Studium Generale), plus the Master's Thesis with 20 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits. At least four research papers (5,000 words) 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 credits), plus a research paper (4 credits) or a guided research course on original sources/special literature and a written examination (4 credits), adding up to a total of 10 credits.
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 research papers, written and oral examinations, and the Master's Thesis.

In Mission Studies, the following modules are offered:

  • Module 01 Biblical Exegesis and Theology 1
  • Module 03 History of Protestant Churches
  • Module 05 Systematic Theology
  • Module 06 Adventist Theology in Context
  • Module 07 International Social Sciences
  • Module 08 Religious Studies
  • Module 09 Church, Society and Sociology
  • Module 10 History and Theology of Mission
  • Module 11 Missiological Issues
  • Module 12 Electives or Research Module
  • Module 13 Studium Generale
  • Module 14 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 this program, please contact:

László Szabó
Dr.

Leiter Arthur-Daniells-Institut für Missionarische Studien
Missionswissenschaften und interkulturelle Studien

Telefon: + 49 (0) 3921 916-204
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201
E-Mail:

An der Ihle 5 B
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Irina Heinz

Leiterin Zulassungsamt | Akademisches Auslandsamt

Telefon: + 49 (0) 3921 916-134
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201
E-Mail:

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

­Biblical­ Studies

The Biblical Studies specialization helps students develop a strong skill set in both Old Testament and New Testament exegesis and theology.  It also provides an advanced knowledge of Second Temple Period literature, cultural anthropology, the Greco-Roman world, and in Ancient Near Eastern archaeology with a hands-on archeological-dig experience in the Middle East. This much-asked-for emphasis was designed by Friedensau’s Institute of Biblical Studies and Archaeology.

The profound and practical insights I gained from the MTS are quite useful to me in my function as Educational and Youth Director in the conference.”

Dagmar Janssen (Germany )
MTS Graduate

Biblical Studies? Don’t we know the Bible well enough?

"Many Christians know their Bible very well, and that’s great! At the same time, we often overestimate the things we understand. An English translation of the Bible can only render part of the depth and beauty of the original. What the apostles really thought and taught and how the prophets addressed the conflicts of their times – that’s what Biblical Studies is all about. When you immerse yourself in the languages of the Old and New Testaments and try to carefully listen to Jesus, Moses, and David, then your faith will develop profoundly, and you will be able to share God’s good news on the basis of a solid foundation."

Prof. Stefan Höschele, Dean of the School of Theology

Igor Lorencin, PhD (USA)

Lecturer of New Testament | Email:

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The program consists of 10 modules with 10 credits each (including one Electives or Research Module and the Studium Generale), plus the Master's Thesis with 20 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits. At least four research papers (5,000 words) 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 credits), plus a research paper (4 credits) or a guided research course on original sources/special literature and a written examination (4 credits), adding up to a total of 10 credits.

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 research papers, written and oral examinations, and the Master's Thesis.

In Biblical Studies, the following modules are offered:

  • Module 01 Biblical Exegesis and Theology 1
  • Module 02 Eschatology and Apocalyptic
  • Module 05 Systematic Theology
  • Module 06 Adventist Theology in Context
  • Module 07 International Social Sciences
  • Module 08 Religious Studies
  • Module 09 Church, Society and Sociology
  • Module 12 Electives or Research Module
  • Module 13 Studium Generale
  • Module 14 Master’s Thesis
  • Module 15 Second Temple Period Judaism
  • Module 16 Biblical Exegesis and Theology 2
  • Module 17 Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History

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 this program, please contact:

Jan A. Sigvartsen

Ph.D. (USA)
Dozent für Altes Testament
Koordinator, Doctorprogramm
Stellv. Leiter, Institut für biblischen Studien und Archäologie

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921 916-158
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201
E-Mail:

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Igor Lorencin
Ph.D. (USA)

Dozent für Neues Testament

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921 916-217
E-Mail:

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau
Deutschland

Irina Heinz

Leiterin Zulassungsamt | Akademisches Auslandsamt

Telefon: + 49 (0) 3921 916-134
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201
E-Mail:

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Admission ­requirements­

The completion of a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in theology or religion with a final grade of at least "good" (B+) is required. Applicants with a bachelor's degree in other fields of study must earn 60 credits (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.

Proficiency in the English language (Common European Framework for Languages, level B2) is required and certification is to be provided (TOEFL iBT 79 points; IELTS 6.0 iBT points; TOEIC 700 iBT points). A Bachelor degree completed in an educational institution with English as a medium of instruction will also be accepted as proof of language proficiency.

Admission ­Process

  • The applicant submits the complete application file online within the application deadline.
  • The application for admission will be examined by the 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 Committee and Finance Committee.
  • The admitted applicant 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 on the start of studies and the arrival to the prospective student. In case the prospective student needs a visa, further documents relevant for the embassy will be sent within 1 month.
  • Information on visa:
    • The prospective student needs a student visa. We recommend that the prospective student checks in advance how much time he/she needs in order to get an appointment at the respective embassy. The visa application normally takes 6-8 weeks.
    • Upon the receipt of the visa, the prospective student notifies and informs the Admissions Office about the flight schedule, taking into consideration the appointment for the pickup service.
    • The Admissions Office offers 1 or 2 appointments for a pickup service of the prospective students from the airports in Berlin to FAU, normally on Friday or Sunday/Monday, depending on the number of the prospective students. The dates for the pickup service will be communicated after the visa has been received.

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 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. Some of the scholarships are reserved for women. For application, contact .

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  • or in general

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Irina Heinz

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Presenters:

Dr. László Szabó

László is the director of the Arthur-Daniells Institute of Mission Studies at Friedensau Adventist University.  He is a university lecturer and an experienced international trainer in mission studies, leadership, and coaching.

Jose Turunen

Jose was formerly a teacher and youth pastor in the Free Evangelical Church of Finland. He is now the CEO and co-founder of Creator Development Ltd, MCID Ltd, and Knowoy Ltd.  He has extensive experience in leadership training as well as coaching research and development.

Atte Helminen

Atte is a departmental director and former president of the Seventh-day Adventist church in Finland. He possesses extensive experience as a trainer in leadership, church planting, and media.

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The Masters Coaching Program is a 1.5 year-long coaching-training program for leaders, entrepreneurs, and team leaders.  During our four training sessions, which are each four days long, you will learn by experiencing the rewards and challenges of coaching while addressing various leadership topics.  The goal of the program is to teach you to lead others and to deepen your own leadership skills and identity.

The Masters Coaching Program has been adjusted by our team to meet academic requirements required for university credit.

The modules are:

  1. Foundations of leadership and coaching: 11–14 Mai 2020
  2. The new normal in leading: Winter Semester 2020
  3. Innovation processes in discipleship and leadership, identity of the team, and church and organisation: Summer Semester 2021
  4. Discovering your identity as a coaching leader: Winter Semester 2021
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Non-certificate oriented Guest Online (via Zoom) 236,00 € 118,00 €
Certificate oriented regular Online (via Zoom) 335,00 € 167,50 €

Online access information will be brought to you as you complete your registration.

Book early as numbers are limited.

Registration deadline: 5 May 2020

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