Early African Christian Studies

Now you can study for a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Cairo, in Early African Christian studies.  This program is offered by  the Center for Early African Christianity, based at Eastern University, Philadelphia (USA).


The Center for Early African Christianity at offers this program as part of the Alexandria School of Theology (AST) in Egypt. 

The MA (Early African Christian Studies) provides integrated theological education in an innovative delivery model. The degree’s center of focus is upon early African Christian texts and their relevance for contemporary African societies and cultures, and for world Christianity today. 

Many programs exist in patristic studies and African studies, but none focuses on African Patristic Studies.  This specialization’s rationale and social relevance to the contemporary situation of African consciousness, public policy, and Christian outreach is detailed in Thomas C. Oden’s book, How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind (IVP, 2008).

The MA (Early African Christian Studies) is an academic degree program specifically designed to provide a basic understanding of indigenous African patristic writers and their geographical, linguistic, cultural, and ecclesial milieu.   The MA consists of six modules of advanced biblical, theological, cultural, and historical studies.  Each module includes one 40-hour residential intensive course, followed by 12 weeks of online reading and discussion, including the writing of papers and articles.

Register now 
for the program

In October 2016, we begin with the new group of students that desires to study towards an MA in Early African Christian Studies. Now is the time to register!

in Heliopolis

The residential weeks for the MA studies and its administrative center are at St Michael and all Angels Anglican Church in Heliopolis. The MA study is ecumenical and open to students from any denomination.


» 1 October 2016. Deadline for paying the one-time Registration fee for new students only.

» 5 October 2016: deadline for paying tuition.

» 5-8 October 2016: Residential week with Dr Evan Howard on Monasticism in the Early Church