Master of Theology in Middle Eastern Studies

Master of Theology in Middle Eastern Studies (formerly known as MRel)

Research-Based


Practice-Oriented


Hybrid


Part-Time Mode


Bilingual


90 Credits


History

The Master of Theology in Middle Eastern Studies started in October 2012as the Master of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MRel). Over the first decade, it was part of the Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES), a department of ABTS. Since the conception of the program, it has used a multi-disciplinary approach, always from a distinctly Christian (evangelical) perspective. It has always been a unique program with its hybrid approach to education and the multi-disciplinary method through which all topics were approached. Over the years, the four core modules focusing on Islam, Cultural Analysis, Eastern Christianity and History, Politics, and Economics of the region have formed the core of the program. As such, the program has helped many graduates, both from inside and from outside the region, reach a deeper understanding of the realities of Christian ministry in the region. Many of the alumni look back at the program as a deeply transformative experience. In 2022 and 2023 the program underwent a formal assessment process for the purpose of strengthening it and making it more accessible to Arab Students. ABTS leadership and faculty assessed the program and tried to make it even stronger. As of the academic year 2024-25, the former MRel continues as the Master of Theology in Middle Eastern Studies. While keeping its unique strength, the theological nature of the program will be highlighted.

Purpose statement

The Master of Theology in Middle Eastern Studies (formerly known as MRel) is a unique multidisciplinary graduate program that explores the dynamics of the region through a seminary rooted in the region. It focuses on providing students with a strong theoretical understanding of regional complexities in ways that emphasize developing applied skills essential for those working in the region and among Middle East communities worldwide.

Description

The MTh in Middle Eastern Studies at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary is a research-based and practical-oriented bilingual first degree in theology. It consists of four core modules, elective learning components (including language studies), and a final project thesis. It is based upon a strong theological and Biblical framework in that each module weaves scripture and theology throughout its exploration of theory and practice. The program is also designed to bring together students from the region and around the globe into an environment that nurtures innovative ideas, fosters a deep understanding of culture and values, and builds meaningful relationships.

Program Summary

The program consists of two stages: during the first two years the students will be engaged in coursework for the core modules. The second stage of the program challenges the students to specialize in areas they are interested in or that are relevant to their ministry in the region.

The MTh in Middle Eastern Studies is a flexible distance-learning program with two residencies per year (both 1 week) in order to enable people to continue in their ministries and careers while also pursuing theological education. Being based in the region, the program has built-in site visits to NGOs, churches, and other organizations, as well as conversations and dialogue with key leaders, intellectuals, and influence brokers. The program exposes students to the rich historical, cultural, and religious heritage of the region.

The MTh in Middle Eastern Studies consists of:


MASTER OF THEOLOGY
IN MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES

KEY COMPONENTS

ELECTIVES

THESIS

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

6

COURSES

9

THESIS WRITING

18

FOUR CORE MODULES

40

LANGUAGES

6

 

 

MENTORING

2

 

 

 

 

GUIDED STUDY

5

 

 

 

 

PROPOSAL SEMINAR

4

 

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS

57

+

15

+

18

90 ECTS CREDITS