Overview

Degree: Masters of Arts in Theology and Development (MATD)

Duration: 2 years

 

Programme Rationale

The Master of Arts in Theology and Development (MATD) of Uganda Christian University is intended to provide a world class graduate education for men and women who can promote holistic development in church and in society.  This programme will equip them with skills in spearheading development action, and participating in community-based development programmes in both church and society.

 

The MATD is designed for applicants whose work is relevant to the object of improvign the livelihoods of communities.  Applicants can be church workers or Christians involved in or interested in development work, employees of NGOs interested in advancing their planning and management skills.  The objectives of the MATD are:

  • to promote the integration of development issues into the mainstream ministry of the church
  • to equip church leaders with skills in needs assessment, research, planning, resource mobilization, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of development programmes
  • to awaken participants to the need for social action and justice in light of the poverty and oppression that is prevalent in our communities

 

Entry Requirements

The formal requirement for admission to the MATD is at least a second-class degree, or its equivalent, in Divinity or Theology, the humanities, or any other fields relevant to human service.  Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to the goal of human emancipation from a theological perspective. 

Applicants shall have a minimum of two years' experience in ministry or service, e.g., parish, development work, or any field that gets one in contat with communities.

 

Priority shall be given to church workers, both ordained and lay, who are involved in community development work.

Programme Description

Programme Load

The study programme comprises 96 lecture hours per module and 60 hours in the field per break, which adds up to 16 credit units.

The programme spans a minimum of two academic years.  However, if the student has to leave the cohort for any accepted reason, he can rejoin a later cohort, but must complete the programme within a maximum of four years.

This programme will be comprised of part-time students, currently working with an organization.  Students will complete the programme based on a cohort learning model, as follows:

  • Students will come together at a residency three times per year for a total of nine weeks in residence.
  • All courses are comleted via the appropriate distance educateion curricular formats.  These methods will incorporate course workbooks, readers, and additional material.  Dialogue with the faculty/mentors will be by a variety of means, including face-to-face meetings, e-mail, and telephone.
  • Faculty/mentors are responsible for coaching and facilitating the dialogue with their cohort group, both individually and collectively, during this specified course period.

 

Programme Description

 

The mission of the Church is to promote holistic development.  Our Lord Jesus Christ declared that his work was to bring redemption to those who were in spiritual, emotional and physical poverty and deprivation (Luke. 4:18ff). Therefore, as church there is need to get an enlightened type of clergy and other Christian leaders, who will not only preach the Gospel but also participate in social and economic activities aimed at the emancipation of communities and all God’s creation, from all forms of oppression, including poverty, gender violence etc.  Thus they need to be equipped with skills to assess problems, plan, mobilize resources, and address the structures and systems that perpetuate poverty and oppression in our communities.

Moreover the Church is well placed to participate in the implementation of the Global Development Goals and since  our Church structure goes to the lowest ‘grassroots’ of communities, as well as our existing infrastructure (especially in education and health) it gives us an edge over other institutions in terms of potential to address the needs of society. Therefore, as church we need to maximally utilize the potential by training faithful, development leaders, with integrity and commitment to build sustainable Christian communities. 

Course Details

Curriculum Structure

The Uganda Christian University MATD shall be run on a modular bases:  one taught year (three modules) and one year devoted to research seminars and the dissertation.

The first year shall mainly concentrate on core/foundation courses, which will provide a background to understanding the interface between the Christian faith and theology and development. 

NB:  This programme uses a prepared curriculum, including workbooks and online learning, discussions, presentations, and research seminars.  The curriculum is highly contextualized to meet the needs of those aspiring to serve in theologically grounded development initiatives in church and society.

 

Name

Course Code

LH

PH

CU

Year One, Module One

       

Biblical Foundations of Development

MATD 1101

24

15

4

Theology, Gender, and Development

MATD 1102

24

15

4

African Language (Swahili)

MATD 1103  24  15  4

African Biblical Hermeneutics

MATD 1104

24

15 

4

Total

 

96

60 

16

Year One, Module Two

 

 

 

 

Policy Design and Analysis

MATD 1201 

48 

15

4

Basic Concepts in Development MATD 1202 48 15  4

Research Methods

MATD 1203 

48 

15

4

Development, Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation

MATD 1204

15 

15

Total

   96  60

16

Year One, Module Three

       

Development and Management in the Church in Africa

MATD 1301

 48

15

4

Environmental Management in the Church

MATD 1302

48

15

4

Advanced Ethics

MATD 1303 

48

15 

4

Non-Profit Management

MATD 1304

48 

15

4

Total

 

96

60 

16

Second Year

 

 

 

 

Research Seminars and Dissertation Writing

MATD 2101 

384

16

Total     384 16

 

 

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