This degree program is open for students with a previous theological degree (MDiv or MAT) and is conducted entirely in English. ETSC’s ThM program focuses on Bible and theology in the context of Egypt and the Middle East. The program is intended to deepen students’ academic qualifications for teaching, further studies, and scholarly research.
This year (2023), we invite people to apply for one of the following three specialization tracks: Old Testament, New Testament and Systematic Theology, which will start in Fall 2023. Each track has its own entrance requirements (see below). The ThM is equivalent to one year of full-time studies (36 credits) but is usually completed in 2–3 years of part-time study: students take classes during two academic years and write their ThM thesis alongside the classes in the second year or in a third year. In fall and spring, classes are offered partly on ETSC’s campus in Abbaseya (approximately every other week) and partly through live online sessions, usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays (mornings and occasionally evenings). (It is not possible to study online only, as most courses contain live sessions on campus.)
In January courses are taught as short intensives that follow a different schedule.
Tuition fee is LE2000/credit. The application includes a scholarship application. The scholarship is offered based on need. Please, contact Dr. Willem J. de Wit at [email protected]
for further information about the ThM program.
•1. A Bachelor’s degree • A Master’s degree in theology (Master of Arts in Theology [MAT] or Master of Divinity [MDiv]).
– For admission to the Systematic Theology specialization, MAT graduates should hold a MAT-T (MAT with a specialization in Theology and Church History) or have at least completed three out of the following four MAT specialization courses: Reformed Theology and History; Philosophy of Religion; Arab Christianity; and Ethics; and have written a final paper (in any area). Knowledge of Greek is recommended but not required for the Systematic Theology specialization.
– For admission to the New Testament specialization, MAT graduates should hold a MAT-B (MAT with a specialization in Biblical Studies) or have at least completed the following MAT specialization courses: (a) Greek 1, (b) Greek 2, (c) New Testament Exegesis, (d) either Biblical Theology or Theology of Paul, and (e) a final paper (in any area). Knowledge of Hebrew is recommended but not required for the New Testament specialization.
– For admission to the Old Testament specialization, MAT graduates should hold a MAT-B (MAT with a specialization in Biblical Studies) or have at least completed the following courses: (a) Hebrew, (b) Old Testament Exegesis, (c) an Old Testament elective, and (d) a final paper. Knowledge of Greek is recommended but not required for the Old Testament specialization.
– For successful study in the Old and New Testament tracks, it is essential that one has not only studied Greek and/or Hebrew in the past but is still able to study and work with those languages. Applicants will therefore be required to take a Greek and/or Hebrew entrance quiz before September 1 to demonstrate that they have refreshed their language study. Please, contact Dr. wWillem J. de wit Wit ([email protected]
) for information about this entrance quiz and how to prepare for it.
•2. An official English test score is required of all applicants whose mother tongue is not English. The score must be submitted before September 1. The following three options are acceptable: – A score of at least 500 on the TOEFL ITP test as administered by AMIDEAST. In Egypt, this is typically the most affordable option to fulfill the English test requirement. For information, see: https://www.amideast.org/egypt/take-a-test
– A score of at least 62 on the TOEFL iBT test as administered by an official ETS test center such as AMIDEAST.
•3. An English-language writing sample (about 1000 words) that expresses the applicant’s best academic skills in theological education. This writing sample will normally be a revised section of a final paper for a MAT of MDiv course taken in the area the applicant wishes to study.
•4. Having 2 online academic recommendations completed by 2 theology/Bible professors who taught the applicant and therefore can assess her/his academic level. The deadline for submitting these recommendations is June 30. It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up on this process to make sure the recommendation form is submitted in time.
•5. Completing the online application in time (deadline: June 30). A note for international applicants: please, make your intention to apply known to Dr. Willem J. de Wit ([email protected]
) as soon as possible. Depending on your situation, we may have to make special preparations which we will not be able to do if we only hear from you shortly before the official application deadline of June 30.
*Note: the seminary keeps the right not to admit applicants to a specialization track in a given year if it cannot secure sufficient faculty or if there are not enough applicants. In such a case, we will explore with applicants whether joining one of the other specialization tracks is a viable option.
A general advice for current MAT students who want to do ThM studies, later on, while ThM entrance requirements may vary slightly over time, choose MAT-B if you want to open the door for ThM studies in the area of biblical studies in the future and choose MAT-T if you want to open the door for ThM studies in the area of theology and church history in the future, and consider including Greek 1 and 2 as electives in your MAT-T.