SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES(MSOTRY):
Theology is a major factor shaping the world in which we live. Theology draws on a wide range of intellectual disciplines. Good Theology is always politically, scientifically and socially engaged. Studying theology isn’t simply a matter of gaining information – it can be a matter of undergoing transformation. The School of Theology and Religious Studies at St. Mark’s Centre has a competent and experienced staff in leadership in churches and para-church organizations. The lecturers and tutors are from different denominations and different church traditions in Tanzania, including 2 missionaries from Australia and therefore making the School of Theology and Religious Studies to be very unique. There is enough accommodation space for the students of theology at the Weston Hall in the Centre. Apart from the beautiful chaplaincy at the Centre, St. Mark’s Centre is surrounded by many churches which give opportunity for students of theology to minister as well as doing their practical training.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT US
The School of Theology and Religious Studies comprises the Departments of Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies, Church History and Pastoral Studies. Together with these departments, the school works in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities and Education and the Faculty of Commerce and Business Studies in the area of course specialization. Under the above departments and faculties, the school offers a three year course program leading to award of a Bachelor of Arts in Theology offered at St. John’s University of Tanzania Main Campus - Dodoma and St. Mark’s Centre - Dar es Salaam. Similarly, a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Theology is being offered at both Msalato in Dodoma and St. Mark’s Centre in Dar es Salaam. Also a two year course program leading to award of a Master of Arts in Theology and Contemporary Issues is being offered at the main campus in Dodoma as well as at St. Mark’s Centre in Dodoma. This postgraduate program have been successfully being run at the main campus in Dodoma and will now be offered also at St. Mark’s Centre in Dar es Salaam effective from September 2013.
St. John’s University of Tanzania Bachelor of Arts in Theology Degree is a result of the growing need for theology and religious studies to interact with public issues of contemporary society in Tanzania and the world in general. It seeks to prepare students to be able to engage in service and dialogue with different academic disciplines such as education, general management, politics, economics, cultural studies, as well as with spirituality In order to meet these needs, TWO options or specializations program have been designed within our Bachelor of Arts in Theology. These are both intellectually exciting and personally challenging. After graduation, one may enter a career in personnel management, marketing and project planning, youth and community work, management (public and private sector), the civil service, public relations, education - especially teaching, management of education and schools and many other careers including the ordained ministry. The Masters of Theology and contemporary issues (approved by the Tanzania Commission for Universities and accredited by St. John’s University of Tanzania) provides an opportunity to gain critical awareness which will lead to effective Christian practice in Tanzania and beyond.
MORE ABOUT OUR PROGRAMMES
i) BACHELOR OF ARTS IN THEOLOGY with EDUCATION The program is tailored to meet the growing demand for teachers both in secular and church institutions. At the end of this program, graduates should be very well versed in theology as well as teaching skills and techniques including management of education and educational institutions. Graduates may also opt to continue with a Masters degree for the purpose of becoming lecturers and tutors in colleges and universities whereas some might chose to be ordained.
ii) BACHELOR OF ARTS IN THEOLOGY with GENERAL MANAGEMENT The program is built up to meet the growing needs for management advisors in development projects in the church and beyond. At the end of this program, graduates should have the necessary knowledge on theology as well as the skills and techniques to advise and manage various projects necessary for both poverty alleviation and for the growth of the church. Graduates may also have the opportunity to be ordained while others may opt to continue with a Masters degree for the purpose of becoming lecturers and tutors in colleges and universities.
iii) BACHELOR OF ARTS IN APPLIED THEOLOGY This Program aims to meet the needs of pastors, evangelists and lay Christians within the Church in Tanzania and the worldwide community. It differs from other programs mentioned above in its emphasis on the practical application of Theology to life in Tanzania and elsewhere. Graduates of this program go on to serve as evangelists, pastors, community, etc. This course prepare people for a Masters program for the purpose of being lecturers in colleges and universities.
iv) MASTERS OF ARTS IN THEOLOGY AND COMTEMPORAY ISSUES. The program is to enhance the development of theologically reflective practitioners through a course of study on Christian thought and practice in local and international context. Graduates of this course return to serve as church leaders as well as filing leadership positions in para-church organizations and community in general. Some might opt to continue with PhD or other doctoral studies for the purpose of becoming lecturers in colleges and universities. The MA is a two year course with a requirement of at least one year residency at St. Mark’s Centre in Dar es Salaam. The second year of study is for the purposes of research and may be carried out away from the main campus. Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Theology Degree and Bachelor of Arts in Applied Theology Degree All applicants must have the approval of the School of Theology and Religious Studies and the Senate of St. John’s University of Tanzania. The following categories apply;
Category A: Direct Entry Qualification –
Form six (6) with not less than 4.5 points.
Category B: Equivalent Entry Qualifications - Applicants must have 5 “Ordinary Level” credit passes and a Diploma in Theology with a minimum grade of B+ (upper second) or other qualifications judged by the School of Theology and Religious Studies and approved by the Senate.
Category C: Mature Age Entry Qualifications – (a) Form six (6) leaver who graduated in Advanced Certificate Secondary School from five (5) and above years back (b) Pass the mature age entry examination set by the institution.
Category D: Qualifying Test Entry Qualifications. (a) Form Four (4) with Five (5) passes but with (b) Diploma with a pass level only (below 2nd Class or B pass) and should (c) Pass the qualifying test set by the institution.
Category E: Pre-Entry Qualifications: (a) Form Six (6) leaver with below 4.5 points and with (b) Form Four (4) with at least Three (3) Credit points. (c) Pass the Remedial Course set by the institution.
When studying for Bachelor of Arts in Theology (with Education or General Management), undergraduates will be required to meet all the required criteria as per the University regulations. In terms of the program, undergraduates in this degree will:
- Study Core Courses in Theology – see Program Schedule in the prospectus
- Study Specialization Courses in Education or in General Managemen
- Be exposed to high quality training in Communication Skills, Use of Computer as well as Development Studies!
For (i) and (ii) above, classes are set such that a remarkable interaction with other Degrees programmes such as Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Education is maintained. University wide course The following courses are offered to all students Development Studies Communication Skills Computing skills All enquiries about the School of Theology and Religious Studies should be addressed to:
School of Theology and Religious Studies
St. John’s University of Tanzania, St. Mark’s Centre,
P.O. Box 25017, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Tel: +255 (0)