Master of Philosophy in Theology

The Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) is an advanced research programme, considered an intermediate degree between post-graduate and doctorate, and is a qualification in its own right. This programme is available to any qualified applicants with competencies and readiness to engage in research for involvement in Christian ministry and theological education.

Aim of the Programme

The aim of the Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) is to provide a pathway for possible further learning and research at an advanced level. The candidate will have gained specialized knowledge of a particular discipline as a basis for more detailed research. It requires having developed independent research skills appropriate for an academic post or a career in advanced research and writing a thesis. The programme also seeks to develop servant leaders by imparting advanced knowledge, skills, and values through creative methods of research. It is designed with the philosophy ‘To equip for every good work’ (2 Timothy 3:7) with proficiency in a specific area of research as well as focus on the African context.

Objectives of the Programme

Students who successfully complete the Master of Philosophy in Theology programme will be able to:

  • To offer students the opportunity to engage with research in the areas of Biblical Studies (Old Testament/New Testament), African-Christian Theology, Missiology, Christian Ministry, and Counselling in the context of a diverse community.
  • To design an original research project that adds to the knowledge base of the discipline.
  • To focus on the African context to contribute reminiscently to global Christianity.

Admission Requirement

  • A Master’s degree in Theology/Religions/related fields with a grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.00 scale or equivalent.
  • An applicant with a 3rd Class Division in Master’s degree, employed in program-related fields, with relevant work experience, and demonstrating the capacity to cope with the program may be considered for admission in exceptional cases. Such applicants will be required to write and pass a selection examination and an interview organized by the Graduate School.
  • Admission shall be subject to the selection procedures of the university including an interview.
  • International applicants must have qualifications equivalent to the above to be considered for admission. Their results must also be translated into English and they should be able to read and write in English.
  • An M.Phil. Candidate can apply to upgrade from M.Phil. to the Ph.D. program and be admitted in the third semester of the Ph.D. program subject to successful completion of the course work and the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee.

Graduation Requirement

An applicant must have the ability to pursue independent research with the option of choosing an area of research in any of the following: Biblical Studies (Old Testament/New Testament)/African-Christian Theology/ Missiology/ Christian Ministry/ Counselling. The candidate must pass all courses and submit a thesis. The candidate must obtain a total of 60 credits, consisting of four core courses, two from the area of specialization, two seminars, and writing a thesis as described below:

Core Courses Area of specialization Seminar I, II & III Thesis
16 Credits 8 Credits 6 Credits 30 Credits Total 60 Credits


Mode of Study:

Courses Taught in Modular form

Duration of the Programme:

Full-Time: Two year

Part-Time: Four years

Mode of Study

Graduates of this programme are well-prepared for the following roles:

Full time



Career Prospects:

Graduates of this programme are well-prepared for the following roles:

Lecturers/Research Fellows
Heads of Christian Institutions

Pastors/Ministers of the Gospel

Parachurch workers


The following documents are to be enclosed along with the completed application form;
  • Two passport Size Photographs
  • Copy of Identity Card
  • Evidence of Source of Funding
  • Secondary/High School Certificate
  • Degree Certificate(s)
  • Transcript(s)
  • Proof of National Service
  • Proof of Work Experience
  • Resume/CV
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (One (1) must be Academic)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Research Proposal (for MPhil Applicants only)