Learning methods

1. Introduction to Ancient African Christianity
2. Biblical Exegesis in the Ancient African Context
3. Readings in Early African Christianity 1 – Nile Valley
4. Readings in Early African Christianity 2 – Carthage and Vicinity
5. Desert Monasticism – From Antony to Ireland
6. MA thesis or Practicum


The delivery method for the MA blends online and residential coursework. Each module includes 12 weeks of guided reading, research, and discussion, 1 forty hour week of full-time residency with the professor of record, and 4 more weeks of research, writing, cohort learning collaboration, and evaluation. 


The learning process for each module consists of three phases: Study in residence at St Michael’s Church, Heliopolis, 12 weeks of online learning which includes the writing of at least 6 papers and interaction with fellow students, and finally a four-week research phase ending with a paper. Each phase blends individual and group learning; subsequent phases build upon the learning attained in previous phases.


  • Residential phase of 40 hours (one week, full-time) of study. During the module residency, the student cohort group gathers at St Michael’s Heliopolis to explore in situ the content of the module. The residential week is structured to provide optimal exposure to and opportunity for critical, constructive reflection on each module’s specific content.
  • Then, a reading phase that lasts for 12 weeks. Each student, as part of a cohort study group, is guided through a module’s specific reading program. Reading assignments are downloaded weekly from the module website. At the end of the reading phase of the module, students will have collected and completed a reader for the module. During this reading phase students also embark on an individualized guided inquiry that leads to a research project.
  • The final 4 week research phase focuses on a particular research project based on the 12 week reading period and 40 hour residential intensive. Each student will conduct their own research project in collaboration with their cohort and professor of record.

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