The Master of Arts programmes are meant to equip university graduates with a foundation in the various theological disciplines and with specialized skills for church life and mission.
In Year 1, 9 modules are offered, covering a broad spectrum of disciplines. In Year 2, the student opts to specialize in one of the departments: Biblical Studies, Theology, Practical Theology, Intercultural and Religious Studies.
The Master of Arts in Missional Leadership is meant for experienced field workers and administrative staff sent by their mission agency for training in high-level leadership.
Learning is enhanced when it occurs in the context of reflective practice. MA students at SAIACS will experience supervised mission or ministry practice during their study. All MA students will work weekly with a placement church or organisation, 5hrs/ week, over the period July to February, and for eight weeks over the Christmas and summer breaks. These placements will be arranged in liaison with and to the approval of the Academic Dean. There will be assignments which will help a student reflect on the ministry.
- Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or BTh with a minimum B grade average or equivalent.
- Applicants whose BTh is from a non-ATA college but have a minimum B grade average and applicants from ATA colleges with a minimum B- grade average should write the Qualifying Examinations conducted by SAIACS. These are conducted at the time of the Entrance Examinations at SAIACS. There will three examinations to take: Bible, Theology and Christian Ministry. The applicants must pass the Qualifying Examination with a B+ grade average in order to write the Entrance Examinations.
- The credits, credit hours and courses of BTh applicants from non-ATA colleges will be reviewed.
Special Admission to MA
Exemption from the normal entry requirements may be granted by the Admissions Committee in the case of applicants who have significant experience in Christian ministry, and come with a very high written recommendation from their sending organisation or church, and who are proficient in English. Special admission in any year is limited to 10% of the MA student intake.
- Period of Study
MA is a two-year full-time residential programme.
- Completion Requirements
- The student must earn 86 credits by completing modules and satisfying the requirements of Context Based Learning and Internship.
- Should the performance of the student not be satisfactory, the student may be asked to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Theological Studies at the end of the first year.
As shown below, the programme is worth 86 credits.
Year Components Credits Year 1 9 modules (4 cr each) 36 46 Spiritual Formation (2 cr) 02 CBL 1 04 Internship 1 04 Year 2 9 modules (4 cr each) 36 40 CBL 2 04 TOTAL CREDITS 86