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Ancient and Oriental Christianity

Abilene Christian University

24 months
731 USD/credit 17544 USD/year
731 USD/credit 17544 USD/year
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Ancient and Oriental Christianity from Abilene Christian University is designed for you if you have a knack for languages, enjoy reading ancient texts and wish to enrich your theological foundations for ministry, teaching or further study. 

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Key facts

Though the Ancient and Oriental Christianity from Abilene Christian University program has a broad focus on exploring the roots of religion, it offers special opportunities in learning about the Christian East.

Primarily suited for students preparing to pursue doctoral study, this program will equip you with advanced academic foundations in historical research and integration, with an emphasis on the languages needed to conduct such research. You will sharpen your research and writing skills as you take part in intensive reading of primary historical and theological works. Students in this program may have special opportunities to participate in CSART projects.

This program can also prepare you to engage the growing fascination with the theology and spirituality of eastern Christian communities, and equip you to function better as a class teacher in congregational contexts, or as a missionary and church planter in non-western contexts. 

Graduates with Ancient and Oriental Christianity from Abilene Christian University will:

  • have critical facility with the most important primary sources and issues of scholarly discussion in biblical studies, theology, or church history
  • have ability to use the best current methods of research in one of the following disciplines: biblical studies, theology, or church history
  • demonstrate ability to produce scholarly contributions in their field of study

Programme Structure

Core courses:

  • History of Christianity I: Early and Medieval
  • Theological Explorations
  • Christian Mission in Global Contexts
  • Explorations in the Christian East
  • Syriac Language and Literature

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  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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General requirements

  • A completed application and application fee;
  • An official transcript of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be submitted through the online application);
  • A purpose statement 
  • GST Writing Assessment (a brief evaluation of academic writing skills).

Tuition Fee

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    17544 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 731 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    17544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 731 USD per credit during 24 months.

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932 - 1728 USD /month
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