The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies is a two year program requiring 96 credit hours of course work to complete. The program is designed to promote African Christianity by enabling the student to have a graduate-level grasp of Bible, Theology (both biblical and systematic) and Church History plus tools for further research (Hermeneutics and Research writing). Students in the program can pursue one 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 Savior and Lord,
2. Evidence of a divine call to the Christian ministry attested through 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 physical 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
A recognised post-graduate diploma with a minimum GPA of 2.75
A recognised first degree with a minimum of Third Class Honors 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, with a 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 with a B average.
English proficiency examination is required on non-Anglophone applicants.
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 Association 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 savior and Lord. As God, He was manifest in the flesh. We believe in His virgin birth; His sinless life; His Divine miracles; His vicarious 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 favor 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 everlasting blessedness while unbelievers will rise unto judgment and everlasting punishment (Rev. 20:11-15; 2Cor. 5:9-10).
At the end of the course of study in the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies a student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate competence in the fields of biblical and theological studies
2. Display a broad understanding of biblical language
3. Exhibit competence in the exegesis and exposition of the Old and New Testaments and relate that competence to African realities.
4. Acquire necessary skills for further scholarly studies in the field of Old or New Testament.
5. Demonstrate Christian maturity expressed in commitment to Christ, to His Body and interpersonal sensitivity in character and lifestyle displayed in communal relationships.
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) program 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 44 credit hours of emphasis core courses and a final 36 credit hours of electives as shown below:
Core Courses include:
Greek, Hebrew, Cultural World, Exposition of Old and New Testaments and Bible Language.
Principles of Teaching, Early and Medieval Church History, History of Reformation and Modern Church, Semantics, Postgraduate Research and Writing, African Church History, Bible and Moral Issues, Systemic Theology and Field Ministries.
Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (Language Options)
The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (Language Options) program 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 electives include 4 hours of Bible.
Core Courses include:
Exposition of Old and New Testaments, Bible Language and Cultural World.
Elective Courses include:
Principles of Teaching, Early and Medieval Church History, History of Reformation and Modern Church, Semantics, Post Graduate Research and writing, African Church History, Bible and Moral Issues, Systematic Theology and Field Ministries.