Master of Arts in Religious Studies

About the Programme

The Faculty of Theology offers the Master of Arts in Religious Studies (MA) degree to students from different backgrounds who will be professionally capable of occupying positions in Institutions of Higher Learning (universities), churches, serve in ecumenical leading positions, teach
Religious and Moral Education in schools and Religious Studies in Theological Colleges (Seminaries), and relevant Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), where they will act as catalysts for change in decision-making and policy formulation, or proceed to relevant doctoral programmes.

Objectives of the Programme

To equip students to serve in Religious Institutions and the society at large.

To prepare students for Doctoral Studies.

To train a pool of researchers who will generate data and publishable materials relevant to their area of specialization (scholarship).

Study Areas

Students may choose to study in one of the following areas:

  1. Biblical Studies (Old Testament of New Testament)
  2. Church History
  3. Church and Society
  4. Ministerial Studies (Christian Education or Church Administration or Evangelism or Homiletics or Pastoral Care and Counselling or Worship)
  5. Religion and Philosophy
  6. Theology
    Admission requirements

    The normal requirement for admission to the programme shall be a good first degree in Theology or Religious Studies from Africa University or from a recognised institution of higher learning, equivalent to at least a second class BD Honours degree of Africa University.
    Candidates wishing to pursue Biblical Studies must prove that they are proficient in the appropriate biblical language (Biblical Hebrew for Old Testament and Koine Greek for New Testament studies). Those who are not proficient in these languages will be required to take them concurrently with their Master’s degree.

Courses for Master of Arts in Religious Studies

  1. First Semester -15 hours of courses
  2. Second Semester - 11 hours of courses
  3. Third Semester - 12 hours of courses
  4. Fourth Semester - 9 hours of dissertation

Introductory Courses

Year 1 Semester 1

TRM500 Research Methods (3 Credit Hours)

Year 1 Semester 2

MBA502 Information Technology (2 Credit Hours)

Biblical Studies – Old Testament

Year 1 Semester 2

  1. TBS509 History and Methods of the Study of the Old Testament: Patristic to the Reformation (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TBS511 Major Themes in the Study of Pentateuchal Traditions (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TBS513 Exegesis and Translation of the Study of the Selected Texts from the Pentateuch (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 1 Semester 2

  1. TBS515 History and Methods of the Study of the Old Testament: From Reformation to the Present (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TBS517 Major Themes in the Study of Monarchic and Prophetic Traditions (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 1

  1. TBS 603 Contemporary Issues in Old Testament Interpretation (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TBS 611 Contemporary Themes in Old Testament Studies (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TBS 619 The Old Testament and the Ethics of Economics and Development (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester2

TBS607 Dissertation Writing (Old Testament) (9 Credit Hours)

Biblical Studies - New Testament

Year 1 Semester 1

  1. TBS510 History and Methods of the Study of the New Testament: From Jesus’ Time to the Reformation (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TBS512 Major Themes in the Study of the Gospels and Acts (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TBS514 Exegesis and Translation of Selected Texts from the Gospels (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 1 Semeste r2

  1. TBS516 History and Methods of the Study of the New Testament: From Reformation to the Present (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TBS518 Major Themes in the Study of Pauline and Non-Pauline Literature (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 1

  1. TBS520 Translation and Exegesis of Selected Texts from Pauline and, or, Non-Pauline Literature (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TBS612 Contemporary Themes in New Testament Studies (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TBS620 Contemporary Issues in New Testament Interpretation (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 2

TBS608 Dissertation Writing (New Testament) (9 Credit Hours)

Church and Society

Year 1 Semester 1

  1. TCS501 Methods in the Study of Christian Ethics (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TCS509 Environmental Ethics I (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TCS507 Indigenous Religion and African Democracy (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 1 Semester 2

  1. TCS504 Major Themes in the Study of Christian Ethics (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TCS512 Conflict Management (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 1

  1. TCS601 Analysis of Selected Authors and Texts in Christian Ethics (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TCS609 HIV and AIDS and Society (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TCS610 Ethics and Development (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 2

TCS615 Dissertation Writing (Church and Society) (9 credit hours)

Church History

Year 1 Semester 1

  1. THC501 Methods in the Study of History of Christianity (3 Credit Hours)
  2. THC503 History of Ecumenical Movement (3 Credit Hours)
  3. THC507 History of Pentecostalism and Charismatic Movement in Africa (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 1 Semester 2

  1. THC502 Themes and Issues in Contemporary African Christianity (3 Credit Hours)
  2. THC504 Major Themes in the Study of Ecumenical Movement in Africa (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 1

  1. THC600 Issues in Contemporary Pentecostalism and Charismatic Movement in Africa (3 Credit Hours)
  2. THC602 Issues in Contemporary African Initiated Churches (3 Credit Hours)
  3. THC603 Christianity and Ecumenism in Africa (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester2

THC610 Dissertation Writing (Church History) (9 Credit Hours)

Ministerial Studies – Christian Education

Year 1 Semester 1

  1. TPT501 History and Methods in the Study of Christian Education (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT523 Impoverished Children and Christian Mission (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TPT527 The Bible and Teaching Ministry (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 1 Semester 2

  1. TPT505 Themes and Issues in the Study of Christian Education (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT540 Ministerial Leadership (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 1

  1. TPT524 Religious Education within the Community (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT526 The Congregation as Educator (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TPT609 Advanced Study of Christian Education Curriculum (3 Credit Hours)

Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 2

TPT613 Dissertation Writing (Christian Education) (9 Credit Hours)

Ministerial Studies - Church Administration

Year 1 Semester 1

  1. TPT513 The Minister as Administrator (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT514 Dynamics of Pastoral Leadership (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TPT518 Planning and Directing the Programme of the Church (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 1 Semester 2

  1. TPT540 Ministerial Leadership (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT542 Church Leadership and Administration (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 1

  1. TPT520 Management and Organisational Behaviour (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT543 Leadership in the Community of Faith (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TPT619 Advanced Christian Stewardship and Church Finance (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 2

TPT623 Dissertation Writing (Church Administration) (9 credit hours)

Ministerial Studies - Evangelism

Year 1 Semester 1

  1. TPT500 History, Issues and Methods of Evangelisation in Sub-Saharan Africa (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT506 Evangelism and Doctrine in African Context (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TPT521 Revival and Mass Evangelistic Meetings (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 1 Semester 2

  1. TPT550 Theology of Evangelism in Africa (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT552 Issues in Evangelism (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 1

  1. TPT553 History of Revivals in Africa (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT610 Evangelism, Mission and Culture in Africa (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TPT608 The Local Church and its Context (3 credit hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 2

TPT614 Dissertation Writing (Evangelism) (9 Credit Hours)

Ministerial Studies - Homiletics

Year 1 Semester 1

  1. TPT503 Methods in the Study of Preaching (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT561 The Preacher as a Person (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TPT519 Ministerial Ethics and Procedures (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 1 Semester 2

  1. TPT507 Themes and Issues in Preaching (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT560 Presentation of Scripture and Sermon (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 1

  1. TPT552 Issues in Evangelism (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT562 Contemporary Preaching (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TPT611 Analysis of the Sermons of Great Preachers (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 2

TPT615 Dissertation Writing (Preaching Title) (9 Credit Hours)

Ministerial Studies - Pastoral Care and Counselling

Year 1 Semester 1

  1. TPT522 History and Methods in the Study of Pastoral Care and Counselling (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT570 Pastoral Care of Marriage and Family (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TPT571 Crisis Ministry (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 1 Semester 2

  1. TPT508 Major Themes in Contemporary Pastoral Care and Counselling (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT572 Short-Term Counselling in the Parish (3 Credit Hours)

Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 1

  1. TPT573 The Care of Women (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT574 Topics in Pastoral Care (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TPT626 Analytical Study of Selected Texts in Pastoral Care and Counselling (3 Credit Hours)

Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 2

TPT618 Dissertation Writing (Pastoral Care and Counselling) (9 Credit Hours)

Ministerial Studies - Worship

Year 1 Semester 1

  1. TPT509 History and Theology of Worship (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT510 Myth, Ritual and Symbol (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TPT511 Sacrament: An Historical and Theological Overview of Liturgical Practice (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 1 Semester 2

  1. TPT512 Worship Design (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT581 Theology of the Church and Sacraments (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 1

  1. TPT582 Foundation of Christian Spirituality: Theology of Prayer in Worship (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TPT624 The Rites of Christian Initiation (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TPT625 Advanced Seminar in Worship and Liturgics (3 Credit Hours)

Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 2

TPT622 Dissertation Writing (Worship) (9 Credit Hours)

Religion and Philosophy

Year 1 Semester 1

  1. THR501 History and Methods of the Study of Religion (3 Credit Hours)
  2. THR502 Religion and African Philosophy (3 Credit Hours)
  3. THR503 Introduction to Philosophy (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 1 Semester 2

  1. THR505 Introduction to the Study of the Major Religions of Africa (3 Credit Hours)
  2. THR506 Major Themes in the Study of Religion (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 1

  1. THR603 Religion, Culture and Science (3 Credit Hours)
  2. THR605 Religion and Conflict (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TCS507 Indigenous Religion and African Democracy (3 Credit Hours)
Elective ( 3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 2

THR608 Dissertation Writing (Religion and Philosophy)

Theology

Year 1 Semester 1

  1. TST501 Methods in the Study of Systematic Theology (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TST505 Patristics (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TST506 Early Modern Theology (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 1 Semester 2

  1. TST503 Major Themes in the History of Christian Thought (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TST508 African Theology (3 Credit Hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 1

  1. TST603 Science and Technology (3 Credit Hours)
  2. TST605 Analysis of Selected Authors and Theological Texts (3 Credit Hours)
  3. TST610 Third World Women Theologies (3 Credit hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 2 Semester 2

TST619 Dissertation Writing (Theology) (9 Credit Hours

Career and Job Opportunities

The degree is designed for clergy and lay people who seek to further their studies in theology and pastoral ministry. The degree can lead to the following career paths;

  1. Lecturer in Theological Schools, Seminaries and Bible schools;
  2. Leadership in the church and ecumenical organizations