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Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program

Africa International University

Masters Program 2 Years

Course Details

Course Overview

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS) is a two year programme requiring 96 credit hours of coiurse work to complete. The programme is designed to promote African CHristianity by enabling the student to have a graduate-level grasp of Bible, Theology (both biblical and systemic) and Church History plus the tools for further research (Hermeneutics and Research Writing). Students in the programme can pursue on of two tracks.

Minimum Entry Requirements

All candidates for admission must meet the following requirements:
1. Clear evidence of a personal and vibrant faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord,
2. Evidence of a divine call to the Christian ministry attested throiugh references and church endorsement,
3. A mature Christian character,
4. Assent to the NEGST statement of Faith. (See below)
5. An official report of a recent physsical examination (not required of part-time students),
6. Potential for continued intellectual and spiritual growth, and
7. A recognised first degree with a minimum of Second Class Honors Lower, or a minimum GPA of 2.75 in a 4.0 grade system, or the equivalent in other systems, with a total of a minimum of 16 years primary, secondary, and tertiary education
OR
A recognised post-graduate diploma witha minimum GPA of 2.75

OR
A recognised first degree witha minimum of THird Class Honours or a minimum GPA of 2.5 in a 4.0 grade system, or the equivalent in other systems; and either (1) two or more year's work experience in a relevant area, witha satisfactory recommendation from the employer or (2) satisfactory publication experience in a relevant area.
8. Applicants from French systems of education must have a minimum of four years of Assez Bien or equivalent, or should have had a total of 16 years of schooling culminating into a recognised first-degree work witha B average.
English proficiency examination is required on non-Anglophone applicasnts.

The NEGST Statement of Faith.
The Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology is founded on the Bible and its revelation of Jesus Christ. Our constitution includes the statement of faith of the Assocaition of Evangelicals in Africa, which all students and teaching staff must subscribe to, and which reads as follows:
The Holy Scriptures of the Old and the New Testament (a total of 66 Books) are the word of God. It is divinely inspired, infallible, inerrant, entirely trustworthy and serves as a supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (2nd Tim. 3:16-17).
God is One. The one God is eternally self-existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deut 6:4-5: Mt. 28:19).
Jesus Christ is saviour and Lord. As God, He was manifest in the flesh. We believe in His virgin birth; His sinless life; His Divine miracles; His vicariuos and atoning death, His bodily resurrection; His ascension; His mediatorial work; and His future personal return in power and Glory (Lk. 1:32-33; Jn 1:1-4; 1 Tim 2:5-6; 6:13-16)
Holy Spirit is God. As the third Person in the Godhead, He indwells every believer upon conversion and enables the believer to live a holy life; to witness in power; and to work for the Lord Jesus Christ (Act. 5:3-4; Mt. 28:19; Acts 1:8).
Man was made in the image of God and sinless. By choice Man fell out of favour into sin. In God's mercy, salvation comes to every lost and sinful person freely and simply by faith in Jesus Christ who shed His blood for sin, and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit (Gen 1:26-28; 3:1-21; Jn. 1:11-13; 1Cor. 12:13).
All believers in Jesus Christ are one body, the Church, of which He is the Head (1 cor. 12:13; Eph. 2:14-22).
Satan is a fallen angel whose intent is to supplant God and frustrate His purpose, and whose ultimate end is consignment to eternal punishment (Lk. 10:17-18; Rev. 20:10).
Bodily Resurrection of all the dead will take place some day. Believers in Christ will rise unto evelasting blessedness while unbelievers will rise unto judgement and evelasting punishment (Rev. 20:11-15; 2Cor. 5:9-10).

Course Objectives

At the end of course of study in the MABS a student should be able to:
i. Demonstrate competence in the fields of biblical anfd theological studies.
ii. Display a broad understanding of biblical language.
iii. Exhibit competence in the exegesis and exposition of the Ol and New Testaments and relate that competence to African realities.
iv. Acquire necessary skills for further scholarly studies in the field of Old or New Testament.
v. Demonstrate Christianb maturity expressed in commitment to Christ, to HIs Body and interpersonal sensitivity in character and lifestyle displayed in communal relationships.

Course Program

Students pursuing Master of Arts in Biblical studies can follow one of two tracks.
Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (Biblical Languages)
The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (Biblical Languages) programme requires 96 credit hours to complete. In addition to the 8 credit hours of common courses and 8 credit hours of Master of Arts core courses and a final 36 credit hours of electives.
The core courses include:
Greek, Hebrew, Cultural World, Exposition of Old Testament or New Testament and Bible Language.

The electives include:
Principles of Teaching, Early and Medieval Church History, History of Reformation and Modern Church, African Church History, Bible and Moral Issues, Systemic Theology and Field Ministries.


Track 2
Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (Language Options)
The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (Language Options) programme requires 96 credit hours to complete. In addition to the 8 credit hours of common courses and 8 credit hours of Master of Arts core courses; there are 40 credit hours of emphasis core courses and a final 40 credit hours of electives. The elective hours include 4 hours of Bible

The core courses include:
Exposition of Old Testament and New Testament, Bible Language and Cultural world.

The electives include:
Principles of teaching, Early and Medieval Church History, History of Reformation and Modern Church, Semantics, African Church History, The Bible and Moral Issues, Systemic Theology, Field ministries, Post Graduate Researcha and Writing

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