Master's in ­Pastoral Ministry­

The Master’s degree with a focus on Pastoral Ministry is a mission-oriented program that enhances students’ pastoral abilities and deepens their theological foundations.

Depending on their previous qualifications, students can choose to study this program in the context of a Master of Arts in Theology degree or a Master of Theological Studies. Both students who wish to pursue a Master’s directly after their Bachelor’s degree (consecutive education), as well as those who already have practical experience in ministry (continuing education), are welcome.

Application Period

For the Winter semester:
April 15 – June 15, 2022  (Due to high demand, registration is still open!)

Beginning of the Program

Winter 2022/23

Term Dates

Winter term: October – February
Summer term: March – September

Length of the Program

2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS)

Degree

Master of Theological Studies or
Master of Arts in Theology

Language

English

Tuition

Tuition fees, room, and board may be covered by the Inter-European Division.

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Program ­Design­

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The Master’s in Pastoral Ministry is designed as a two-year, full-time program (4 semesters) and is intended for qualified students from all countries belonging to the Inter-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and beyond. The language of instruction is English.

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Core ­Modules­

Since the mission orientation of the new master's program is crucial to the entire program, the core modules focus on the areas of Adventist Theology in Context, Biblical Studies, Church and Society, History and Theology of Mission, Spirituality and Discipleship, Theological Studies, Church Dynamics, and Mission Issues and Practices.

Included electives allow for specialization according to students' personal areas of interest or their individual requirements in ministry. Each semester a variety of alternating high quality electives is offered such as Youth Ministry, Practical Theology, Church Music and Worship, Empirical Methods, and Independent Studies.

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Is this Master's for you?

The Master's in Pastoral Ministry at Friedensau Adventist University is just the right program for you if you want to enter an academic program, specially designed for students looking for European university education, and study Seventh-day Adventism within the context of European culture, history, and theology.

Master of Theological Studies (Continuing Education)

The continuing education program consists of 12 modules with 5 to 10 credits each (including a choice of electives and a research module), plus either the Master's project or the Master's thesis with 20 credits, resulting in a total of 120 credits. A regular module consists of up to 4 courses (together 6 credits), plus a research paper, a written examination, or an oral examination (4 credits), adding up to a total of 10 credits. At least 4 research papers, plus an examination sermon are required. The 3rd and 4th semesters are available for the practice-based Master's project or the Master's thesis. In the continuing education program the following modules are offered:

  • MPM 01 History and Theology of Mission
  • MPM 02 Biblical Studies
  • MPM 03 Spirituality and Discipleship
  • MPM 04 Church and Society
  • MPM 05 Mission Issues and Practices
  • MPM 06 Adventist Theology in Context
  • MPM 07 Church Dynamics
  • MPM 08 Theological Studies
  • MPM 09 Research Methods
  • MPM 10 Elective I
  • MPM 11 Elective II
  • MPM 12 Elective III
  • MPM Project or Thesis

In order to enroll in the continuing education program, a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in theology or religion is required. Applicants with other academic backgrounds may be exceptionally considered upon request. At least 1 year of professional practice in ministry is a prerequisite.

Proficiency in the English language (CEFR 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's or Master's degree completed in an educational institution with English as a medium of instruction will also be accepted as proof of language proficiency.

Furthermore, all applicants need the recommendation of their Conference or Union.

Dr. László Szabó

Dozent für Missionswissenschaft und interkulturelle Studien
Leiter Arthur-Daniells-Institut für Missionswissenschaft
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

Master of Arts in Theology (Consecutive Education)

The consecutive education program consists of 12 modules with 5 to 10 credits each (including a choice of electives and a research module), plus the Master's thesis with 20 credits, resulting in a total of 120 credits. A regular module consists of up to 4 courses (together 6 credits), plus a research paper, a written examination, or an oral examination (4 credits), adding up to a total of 10 credits. At least 4 research papers, plus an examination sermon are required. The research-based Master's thesis is written during the 4th semester. In the consecutive education program the following modules are offered:

  • MTH 01 Church History
  • MPM 02 Biblical Studies
  • MTH 03 Biblical Studies II
  • MPM 04 Church and Society
  • MPM 05 Mission Issues and Practices
  • MPM 06 Adventist Theology in Context
  • MPM 07 Church Dynamics
  • MPM 08 Theological Studies
  • MPM 09 Research Methods
  • MTH 10 Elective I
  • MTH 11 Elective II
  • MTH 12 Elective III
  • MTH Thesis

In order to enroll in the consecutive education program, a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in theology or religion with a final grade of at least "good" (B-) including intermediate certificates in Greek and Hebrew (with a minimum of 90 hours of instruction in Greek and 60 hours in Hebrew) are required.

Proficiency in the English language (CEFR 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's or Master's degree completed in an educational institution with English as a medium of instruction will also be accepted as proof of language proficiency.

Furthermore, all applicants need the recommendation of their Conference or Union.

Prof. Stefan Höschele

Ph.D. (University of Malawi)
Professor für Systematische Theologie und Adventismus-Studien
Prodekan Fachbereich Theologie

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921 916-121
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201
E-Mail:

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Tuition ­Fees­

Please refer to the Financial Bulletin for applicable tuition fees.

For qualified students from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, and Switzerland, holding a recommendation from their Conferences or Unions, tuition, room, and board will be covered by the Inter-European Division.

All students are expected to contribute an appropriate amount of work on campus.

Application Process

  • Step 1: The applicant submits the complete online application within the application deadline.
  • Step 2: The application will be examined by the Admissions Committee and the Finance Committee.
  • Step 3: The applicant will be notified by e-mail after the meeting of the Admissions Committee and the Finance Committee.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Icon FragezeichenMay students live on campus together with their families?

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Yes, it is possible for students to live on campus together with their families. Appropriate housing options are available.

Icon FragezeichenAre there kindergartens, elementary schools and secondary schools near the campus?

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Yes, there are several kindergartens, elementary schools, and secondary schools near Friedensau. One kindergarten is located directly on the campus of Friedensau Adventist University.

Icon FragezeichenWhat sports activities are available at Friedensau?

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There are a number of sports activities at Friedensau such as soccer, basketball, tennis and badminton. The forest around Friedensau is an ideal place for hiking and mountain biking. During the summer months, it is possible to swim and dive in the natural swimming pond.