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MA Christian Theology

Department of  Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts

MA Christian Theology

The curriculum of MA Christian Theology is designed to hold in balance learning and morality. It creates a meeting point for the heart and the mind, with strong bias for Christian religious and theological values. It offers you a unique opportunity to achieving eternal values, which has begun in the here-and-now of human endeavours. It emphasises the continued vision and mission of the Church in Nigeria for a better society.

The programme fills the gap for basic and advanced moral and theological education in Nigeria, forestalling the mass exodus of Nigerians for theological educations abroad, which are not even accessible and affordable to all. The programme is planned to benefit people, who are currently involved with inter-religious dialogue projects, for teachers in tertiary institutions and missionaries world-wide.



The aims of the Master of Arts in Christian Religious Studies are to:

  • teach learners to appreciate the dynamics of religion and society,
  • provide learners with adequate skills to carry out scientific research in religion & society, and Biblical Studies,
  • drill learners for more advanced studies in religion and society or in any field of theological studies.
  • equip learners for teaching careers at tertiary education level in Nigeria and around the world.
  • train religious leaders to critically analyse the influence of religion on public life and vice versa.
  • groom learners for service in religious bodies at local, national, and international levels.
  • school learners to engage in inter-religious and intra-community dialogues in such a way that peace and harmony is attained in Nigeria and Africa.
  • prepare learners for sound exegetical and hermeneutical work.


The main objectives of the programme are that on completion of the studies, the learner should be able to:

  • discuss the issues pertaining to religion and society.
  • contribute to the continuous search for religious tolerance and inter-religious dialogue in Nigeria and Africa
  • acquire enhanced perspectives on the politics of religion and its impact on the Nigerian economic, social, and political life.
  • explain the interplay of social issues and religion in fostering change in the 21st Century Nigerian Church and Society.
  • attain adequate preparation to pursue a teaching and research career in the field of Religion and Society.

N.B: For more details on the programmes, consult School of Postgraduate Studies: spgs@noun.edu.ng


The Programme is headed by the Head of the Department of Religious Studies. The members of the staff jointly develop and approve the Self-Learning / Instructional Materials and facilitate the same through online media in order to reach every learner, wherever s/he may be. The instructional materials are equally available at the various study centres spread across the country and beyond. The facilitators themselves assist the learners and ensure that they grasp the ideas and issues raised in the instructional materials.

The programme is handled by renowned scholars, professors and academicians who have distinguished themselves in various areas related to the courses they handle. You cannot afford to miss any of them.

Admission Requirements

i. First degree in Christian Religious Studies from any university/seminary recognized by the Senate of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN); or.

ii. A Bachelor degree in the area not related to the field of Theology or Religious Studies, but also with postgraduate Diploma in Theology or Religious Studies; and

iii. all other requirements for postgraduate studies as stipulated by the Senate of the University

Area of Specialisation

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Church History
  • Systematic Theology
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Religion and Society
  • Philosophy of Religion

African Traditional Religion.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum TCE of 30-credit units in a minimum of three (3) semesters or maximum of six (6) semesters including dissertation, all core courses, the General Studies (GST) courses and electives as specified in the Postgraduate Learners’ Handbook of School of Graduate Studies

Seminar Research Instruments

MA Seminar Research Process

MA Seminar Presentation Score Sheet/Report

MA Seminar Research Guideline

MA Seninar Correction Form

MA Seminar Research Assessment Form

Selected eResources

MA Seminar Submission Guideline

MA Seminar Registration Form

MA Seminar Post Topic Approval Form

Dissertation Research Instruments

MA Dissertation Research Process

MA Dissertation Submission Guideline

MA Dissertation Post Topic Approval Form

MA Dissertation Research Guideline

MA Dissertation Correction Form

MA Dissertation Research Assessment Form

Selected eResources

MA Dissertation Oral Defence Score Sheet/Report

MA Dissertation Registration Form


All Admission, Registration, and other related Matters:

Admissions Office: Dr Uzoma Amos Dike
Call: +234 902 929 0238

All Exams and Results Matters:

Exams Office: Dr Murtala Abdus-Salam A. Ajani

Call: +234 902 929 0238
E-Mail: religions.exams@noun.edu.ng

All Research and Project Matters

Call: +234 902 929 0238


For other Services and Observations

Programme Coordinator(s):

Dr Uzoma Amos Dike
Phone: +234 803 698 2770
E-Mail : religions.pgu@noun.edu.ng

Programme Leader:

Prof Godwin Iornenge Akper

Phone: +234 703 509 8054

E-Mail : gakper@noun.edu.ng

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