Master in Theology and Ministry (MATAM)

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Theological studies for Ministry in a changing context

The condition for organized religion has changed fundamentally in secularized European societies. Both new and more traditional Churches and organizations engage in different, yet related, challenges: They identify a need for change. Innovative initiatives are taken. Old, long forgotten practices are rediscovered, redesigned and brought back to life. Faith practices are up for negation, both in the life of the gathering community and at the intersection with larger society. The Master in Theology and Ministry seeks to equip future church leaders and employees in organizations with the competences needed to engage in these challenges in a constructive and critical manner.

The academic field of theology is also in progress. Throughout the Master of Theology and Ministry, students will be brought to the forefront of practical theological research: Whereas some speak of an empirical turn, and are dedicated to the contextual and experiential side of theology, others advocate more of a theological turn interested in the distinct spiritual and revelatory nature of theology. A radical willingness to listen to the empirical reality as it is and a radical willingness to search for theological significance and response is a mark of Master in Theology and Ministry.

Master in Theology and Ministry is rooted in a discipline-oriented understanding of theology. For this reason 80 credits in theological disciplines from undergraduate studies are required for admission. Historical, systematic, and critical perspectives will run through the curriculum. This said, Master in Theology and Ministry represents an expansion from a traditional Master in Theology by including practice to a greater degree in its very subject matter.

Facts about MATAM

  • The study is organized as 120 ECTS Master programme. (2 years on full time).
  • Each semester contains
    • two weeklong learning sessions on campus in Bergen comprised of lectures, group-seminars, and case-based classes
    • an online learning-program stretching over eight weeks before and between the learning sessions.
  • Language: English is working language. Assignments can be written in English or a Nordic language.
  • Cost: Each of the four semesters costs NOK 2250,- (Approximately € 250,- / ₤ 210,-)


MATAM is comprised of the following courses:
(Click here for complete curriculum)

  • 1. Year, autumn
    • Thinking theologically about practice (15)
    • Encountering God through Scripture (15)
  • 1. Year, spring
    • Spirituality and Spiritual formation  (15)
    • Missional Ecclesiology in light of Trinitarian Faith and Contemporary Culture (15)
  • 2. Year, autumn. (Choose 30 ECTS of the following)
    • Youth ministry as theory and practice (15)
    • Leading ecclesial change and growth in contexts (15)
    • Kirkelig undervisning (15)
    • Other courses accepted by application (15/30)
  • 2. Year, spring
    • Master’s Thesis (30)        


The programme is aimed at

  • Graduate-students seeking education and qualification for positions in churches or Christian organizations
  • Graduate-students seeking to fulfill the admission requirements of PhD-programs in practical theology
  • Employees in churches or Christian organizations desiring supplementary training at master level
  • Postgraduates aiming at a second career in Churches or Christian organizations


Admission requirements
The Master program in Theology and Ministry is based on one of the following educational pathways:

  • a bachelor’s degree
  • a cand.mag. degree (first cycle degree which was awarded until 2005)
  • other degree or vocational education with a scope of minimum 3 years’ duration
  • an education which has been accredited as the equivalent of the above-mentioned degrees or educational pathways pursuant to section 3-4 of the Act relating to Universities and University Colleges.


Any educational pathway must include specialization in the theological disciplines biblical theology, church history, systematic theology, and practical theology, with a scope of at least 80 credits. (In special cases, the institution may recognize other documented qualifications as completely or partly equivalent to the educational pathways mentioned above.)

Applicants must document English language proficiency (See curriculum for details).

 
Application

  • The application deadline is 1. February for international applicants. Next admission will open in November.
  • For Norwegian residents and EU residents the application deadline is 15. April. (Please use the online application form, please choose “NLA Høgskolen” in the “Institusjon” drop-down menu, then click “Gå til pålogging”. On the next page, choose English in the drop-down menu to the left.
  • You can get additional assistance through Application Procedures or by contacting us at Knut.Tveitereid@NLA.no.

Below you find a screen shot of our online application form:

Programme description