Master of Arts Program in Humanities Studies in Africa

Top MAs in Humanities Studies in Africa 2017/2018

Humanities Studies

Masters degrees are more versatile than doctoral qualifications and have a broad range of professional and academic applications. According to the U.S. Department of Education, three types of masters programs exist research, professional, and terminal. The most popular masters degree types are Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in a mixture of subject fields.

If a student is looking to become a social worker, educator or any career involving great artistic skill, Humanities and Social Sciences may be the correct area of study. This field presents a wide array of classes which teach participants a variety of skills that are valuable across many industries.

Even if you choose East Africa’s mythological, enchanting Tanzania; Senegal, land of teranga or South Africa, with its wide opportunities to soak in and serve, research in Africa will be overwhelming.

MA Program in Humanities Studies in Africa

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Master of Arts in Library and Information Management (MLIM)

The Open University Of Tanzania
Online & Campus Combined Part time 18  February 2018 Tanzania Dar Es Salaam

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Directorate of the Library Services are jointly managing a Master of Library and Information Management (MLIM) programme. On completing the MLIM, students should have acquired a set of knowledge and concepts, and have developed a range of technical, personal, interpersonal, organizational and generic skills, that can be applied in various contexts, both within and beyond the industry. [+]

Top Master of Art Degrees in Humanities Studies in Africa 2017/2018. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Directorate of the Library Services are jointly managing a Master of Library and Information Management (MLIM) programme. The syllabus for the programme is designed and developed to build professional skills across the information industry and creates opportunities for specializations in a variety of disciplines. Scholars have argued that information is power and catalyst for development (Aina, 2004). Therefore, those with access to information have power over those who do not have. In essence, Master of Library and Information Management (MLIM) programme is an appropriate professional training aiming at bridging this gap by producing highly qualified information professionals who will act as key players in the information industry locally and internationally. On completing the MLIM, students should have acquired a set of knowledge and concepts, and have developed a range of technical, personal, interpersonal, organizational and generic skills, that can be applied in various contexts, both within and beyond the industry. Educational Aims of the Programme The main objectives of this course are: To introduce students to fundamental concepts, principles and techniques needed for effective library and information management; To develop an understanding of the methodological factors that can be used for selecting, defining, planning, controlling, and library and information resources; To impart knowledge of the basic concepts and analytical tools that underpins library and information management, records management and archival administration; To develop an understanding of the issues and approaches to... [-]

Master of Arts in Kiswahili (MA Kiswahili)

The Open University Of Tanzania
Online & Campus Combined Part time 15  February 2018 Tanzania Dar Es Salaam

Courses offered in this programme shall include two main areas of study: linguistics and literature. A student will have the choice of majoring in any one of the two areas. [+]

Programme Structure Courses offered in this programme shall include two main areas of study: linguistics and literature. A student will have the choice of majoring in any one of the two areas. In the first year of study, the student will attend lectures, do assignments and write term papers based on registered courses. A course in Research Methodology is especially crucial to a postgraduate student because it will give the student knowledge and skills which he/she would apply when working on his/her proposal and in thesis writing. The student is advised to identify his/her area of research during first year of study. In the second year of study, after having identified a topic the student will work closely with a supervisor to develop a research proposal, for eventual presentation of the same before a panel of scholars. Programme delivery The program will be delivered through blended mode as explained in under Directorate of Postgrduate section in this Propspectus. Dissertation Dissertation writing is an independent study done by the student under supervision. This is combined with the Research methodology course whereby face to face lectures will be conducted to the students after they have completed the rest of the courses. During this time the students are expected to come up with their dissertation proposal in an acceptable and complete form, and this will be assessed and would contribute 30% with the remaining 70% coming from the final dissertation. Then each candidate shall be allocated a supervisor with whom he/she shall have... [-]

MA in Creative Writing

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Part time February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

The MA in Creative Writing at Wits University is a highly regarded two-year MA in which students complete a full-length creative project and an accompanying reflective essay. The programme is housed in the School of Literature, Language and Media but enjoys cross-disciplinary collaboration with lecturers and supervisors from several schools in the Faculty of Humanities. [+]

Top Master of Art Degrees in Humanities Studies in Africa 2017/2018. MA in Creative Writing The MA in Creative Writing at Wits University is a highly regarded two-year MA in which students complete a full-length creative project and an accompanying reflective essay. The programme is housed in the School of Literature, Language and Media but enjoys cross-disciplinary collaboration with lecturers and supervisors from several schools in the Faculty of Humanities. Guest writers and publishers are invited to conduct workshops or give lectures in the programme, giving students the benefits of their experience and expertise. This intensive course combines seminars with one-on-one supervision so that students receive extensive feedback on their work: from their peers, their supervisor and other supervisors in the programme. Duration Part-time over two years, by research Benefits of the programme The programme provides students with intensive feedback through its combination of seminars and one-on-one supervision. The course is taught by highly respected and published writers, including Ivan Vladislavić, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen and Phillippa Yaa de Villiers. The programme encourages robust criticism in a collegial workshop atmosphere. Many graduates of the programme have gone on to publish with respected local and international publishers. Enrolment criteria/Admission requirements An Honours degree in literary studies, journalism or drama is a prerequisite for entry into the MA in Creative Writing. Occasionally a candidate without such a degree may, at the discretion of the course coordinator, be admitted to the MA on the basis of their submitted portfolio or an extensive publishing history. Candidates... [-]

Master of Arts in Biblical Theology

Pan Africa Christian University
Campus Full time January 2018 Kenya Nairobi

The Master of Arts in Biblical Theology program seeks to produce hermeneutically sound Biblical scholars and researchers who accurately interpret scripture and employ critical and creative skills to bridge the gap between the Ancient Near East and the contemporary world thus, able to communicate the message of scripture in every sphere of the society. [+]

Master of Arts in Biblical Theology The Master of Arts in Biblical Theology program seeks to produce hermeneutically sound Biblical scholars and researchers who accurately interpret scripture and employ critical and creative skills to bridge the gap between the Ancient Near East and the contemporary world thus, able to communicate the message of scripture in every sphere of the society. Core objectives At the end of the programme students will be able to: Effectively utilize various interpretive tools. Demonstrate mastery of various interpretative approaches to scripture. Use biblical languages to exegete Biblical text. Participate in scholarly workshops, present papers in conferences as well as publish in referred Journals. Entry Requirements For admission into the programme, a candidate must be a holder of a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution with a minimum GPA of 2.70 or Second class upper division or its equivalent. Specializations In this programme one can specialize in either Old Testament New Testament [-]

Master of Arts in Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies

Pan Africa Christian University
Campus Full time January 2018 Kenya Nairobi

The Master of Arts in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies program equips scholars to adequately investigate and document Pentecostal and Charismatic phenomena in Global South. [+]

Top Master of Art Degrees in Humanities Studies in Africa 2017/2018. Master of Arts in Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies Introduction The Master of Arts in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies program equips scholars to adequately investigate and document Pentecostal and Charismatic phenomena in Global South. It analyzes characteristics, trends and expressions of Classical Pentecostalism, Neo-classical Pentecostalism and New religious Movements dominant in the Global South to accurately map out their contribution to global Christianity. This course recognizes that the raw data of Christianity today is resident in the Global South and appreciates that Pentecostal and Charismatic movement have extensively contributed to global Christianity. Core Objectives At the end of the program the student should be able to: Demonstrate competence in articulating the contextual nature of Christianity in Global South Critically examine biblical and theological foundations for Pentecostal and Charismatic faith Employ theoretical and methodological approaches to Pentecostalism and Charismatic movement Develop a theology of Pentecostal and Charismatic movement Entry Requirement For admission into the program, a candidate must be a holder of a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution with a minimum GPA of 2.70 or Second class upper division or its equivalent. [-]

Master of Arts in Missions Studies

Africa International University
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3  May 2018 Kenya Nairobi + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Missions Studies programme is designed to integrate the development of professional ministerial skills in missions with academic studies. [+]

Master of Arts in Missions Studies The Master of Arts in Missions Studies programme is designed to integrate the development of professional ministerial skills in missions with academic studies. Combining scholarly and professional competence in the field of missions, the programme focuses on equipping potential and functional leaders with knowledge, skills and character qualities required to develop competences in missions-related ministries of the church and church-related organizations. The programme also develops the potential of the student for further academic pursuit in the field of missions. At the end of the course of study in the Master of Arts in Missions Studies programme, the student should be able to: 1) Proclaim the message of the gospel, heralding the righteousness, justice, and peace of God on the continent of Africa. 2) Display genuine respect for people and their culture. 3) Differentiate cultural particularity from homogenous conformity. 4) Formulate biblical values for the economic development and social progress of Africa. 5) Develop a strategy for building networks of understanding and partnership between churches, denominations and nations. 6) Utilise missiological theories and strategies to enhance effectiveness in evangelism and discipleship. ... [-]

Master of Arts in Translation Studies

Africa International University
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 2 - 3  May 2018 Kenya Nairobi + 1 more

This programme provides for the professional development needs of practicing translators, translation project leaders, and translation consultants involved in the translation of the Bible and related material. [+]

Top Master of Art Degrees in Humanities Studies in Africa 2017/2018. Master of Arts in Translation Studies This programme provides for the professional development needs of practicing translators, translation project leaders, and translation consultants involved in the translation of the Bible and related material. Biblical translation is an interdisciplinary task, and our programme integrates training in Biblical languages, exegesis, translation principles, consulting, translation project management, and areas of linguistics directly relevant to Bible translation.

Admission requirements An undergraduate degree in any area of specialization from an accredited institution of higher learning with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, or a degree awarded with first class or upper second class honors, or its equivalent. Applicants with 2.75 cumulative grade point average or higher or second-class lower division or its equivalent should have at least two years of relevant experience after graduation. An applicant who does not meet the above requirements must present an undergraduate degree in any area of specialization and a Postgraduate Diploma in the relevant area of study from an accredited institution of higher learning with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, or its equivalent. Mode of delivery The MA in Biblical Translation involves both residential courses taken at AIU and distance courses taken in the student’s home area or field of assignment: Residential courses During the programme, students will attend 5 residential sessions in Nairobi of approximately 3 weeks each. During each residential... [-]

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

Africa International University
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3  May 2018 Kenya Nairobi + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies programme is designed to prepare students for a more effective ministry through a foundational biblical education. [+]

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies programme is designed to prepare students for a more effective ministry through a foundational biblical education. At the end of the course of study, a student should be able to: 1) Demonstrate competence in the fields of biblical and theological studies. 2) Display a broad understanding of at least one biblical language. 3) Exhibit competence in the exegesis and exposition of the Bible (Old and New Testament) and relate that competence to African realities. 4) Acquire necessary skills for further scholarly studies in the fields of Old and New Testament. 5) Demonstrate Christian maturity expressed in commitment to Christ, to His Body and interpersonal sensitivity in character and lifestyle displayed in communal relationships. ... [-]

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies

Africa International University
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3  May 2018 Kenya Nairobi + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies programme is designed to provide scholarly and professional training to those directly involved in pastoral ministries of the church. [+]

Top Master of Art Degrees in Humanities Studies in Africa 2017/2018. Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies programme is designed to provide scholarly and professional training to those directly involved in pastoral ministries of the church. It seeks to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance competencies in pastoral leadership and church administration while at the same time preparing students for further studies. Using the in-service approach, the programme is delivered on campus and at various sites through block courses. At the end of the study in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies programme, the student should be able to: 1. Demonstrate a good knowledge of the content of the Old and New Testaments. 2. Interact biblically and intelligently with historical and current theological issues and positions within the African and global contexts. 3. Demonstrate a thorough grasp of counselling skills for helping individuals to deal with diverse life issues affecting them. 4. Articulate clearly the call of Christian to world evangelization and demonstrate that understanding through personal involvement. 5. Demonstrate basic teaching skills in one’s area of ministry. 6. Demonstrate the understanding of one’s calling, gifts and abilities so as function well in pastoral ministries. 7. Exemplify moral and ethical integrity in all dealings with fellow believers and society in general. ... [-]

Master of Arts in Church History

Africa International University
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3  May 2018 Kenya Nairobi + 1 more

At the end of the study in the Master of Arts in Church History programme, the student should be able to: Outline the history of Christianity up to 1500 AD... [+]

Master of Arts in Church History At the end of the study in the Master of Arts in Church History programme, the student should be able to: 1) Outline the history of Christianity up to 1500 AD. 2) Interpret the history of the church since 1500 AD and discuss its implications for Christian life and ministry today. 3) Describe the key developments in African Christian history and show how this history has shaped the African Christian context in which he or she will live and work. 4) Exhibit a deeper understanding of the growth, maturation and characteristics of the earliest African Christian communities in Egypt, North Africa, Nubia and Ethiopia. 5) Explain the interplay between theology and spirituality down through the history. 6) Use church history in making better decisions in the local church setting. 7) Critically read African church history and appreciate the subjective factors that shape the historian’s approach to history. 8) Construct a Christian perspective on history. 9) Evaluate church and state issues in the 20th century Africa as an aid to constructing a Christian view of political life in Africa. 10) Relate insights gained in historical studies to the other subjects in the theological curriculum. ... [-]

Master of Arts in Theology

Africa International University
Campus Full time Part time May 2018 Kenya Nairobi + 1 more

The programme seeks to give students sound evangelical graduate level theological education within the African context to prepare students for ministry in the Church, Para-church organisations, and teaching careers in theological institutions in Africa and beyond. [+]

Top Master of Art Degrees in Humanities Studies in Africa 2017/2018. Master of Arts in Theology The Master of Arts in Theology is two-year programmes requiring 72 credit hours of course work to graduate. The programme seeks to give students sound evangelical graduate level theological education within the African context to prepare students for ministry in the Church, Para-church organisations, and teaching careers in theological institutions in Africa and beyond. The programme seeks to lay foundation for the Christian faith and aims at preparing and providing foundational theological knowledge, competencies, and skills to enable the student to be an effective minister and teacher of the Christian faith. At the end of the course of study in the Master of Arts in Theology programme, a student would have competencies, knowledge, and skills to: 1. Clearly articulate the subject matter of theology 2. List and explain clearly the various branches of Christian theology 3. Explain and interpret the fundamental tenets of Christian theology and dogma of the Church. 4. Develop tools and skills to do effective contextual theology in Africa 5. Develop critical thinking, and research skills that address the theological issues and concerns facing Christians and society. 6. Apply society Apply the knowledge, competencies and skills gained in the programme to address the theological questions, heresies, and the new theologies confronting African societies and the Church. ... [-]

MA in Linguistics

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

The Masters degree in Linguistics (by coursework and research report) offers advanced training and application of theory in the broad field of Linguistics. [+]

MA in Linguistics The Masters degree in Linguistics (by coursework and research report) offers advanced training and application of theory in the broad field of Linguistics, focusing in particular on Historical Linguistics, Morphology/Syntax, Phonology, Psycholinguistics, and Sociolinguistics. Duration Full Time by coursework and research report Benefits of the programme Master’s students of Linguistics both gain profound theoretical training, and enter more deeply into the messy empirical world of data-gathering. Enrolment criteria/Admission requirements BA (Hons) in Linguistics Career Options/Opportunities Advanced grounding in Linguistics has been proven to be highly desirable in preparing language professionals for work in translating, interpreting, journalism, publishing, language policy planning. Curriculum Outline/Modules taught: Approved Topic in Linguistics Advanced Historical Linguistics Advanced Language, Gender and Sexuality Advanced Morphology Advanced Phonetics Advanced Phonology Advanced Psycholinguistics Advanced Sociolinguistics Advanced Syntax Closing dates Visit the Wits website for details [-]

MA in Applied Ethics for Professionals

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Part time February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

This programme is a rigorous and intellectually challenging introduction to philosophical ethics, and, in particular applied or “practical” ethics, based in the Department of Philosophy. [+]

Top Master of Art Degrees in Humanities Studies in Africa 2017/2018. This programme is a rigorous and intellectually challenging introduction to philosophical ethics, and, in particular applied or “practical” ethics, based in the Department of Philosophy. It is designed for professionals in the Gauteng region with some management and leadership experience, and presupposes no background in philosophy. It is not a programme in “professional ethics”—e.g. business ethics, biomedical ethics, technology and ethics, etc.—though some such material is sometimes covered in one or more of the electives. Rather, its emphasis is on learning methods and techniques for thinking about ethical issues of any sort. It includes exposure to the principal ethical theories and critical examination of some well-known work in various sub-fields of applied ethics. It is not a distance-education programme; regular attendance at seminars is required. To accommodate the professional lives of our participants, seminars, exams, and other programme activities are held on Saturday mornings, about 19 in the first year and 10 in the second. Duration The programme is a two-year part-time programme consisting of three semesters of course work and a research report of 15,000 – 20,000 words, under the supervision of a member of the Wits University Philosophy Department. Benefits of the programme The programme specialises in the development of skills such as defending a point of view through clear and careful argumentation, offering "cooperative criticism," and receiving and responding to such criticism. Participants can also expect to see improvements in their argumentative writing, through careful attention... [-]

MA in African Literature

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

This programme provides students with specialist training in African and diasporic intellectual and literary history. Taught by leading figures in the field, the programme inducts students into core theoretical debates and new approaches in the field while using African literary material to resituate and critique major trends like world literature and postcolonial theory emanating from the Anglo-American world. [+]

This programme provides students with specialist training in African and diasporic intellectual and literary history. Taught by leading figures in the field, the programme inducts students into core theoretical debates and new approaches in the field while using African literary material to resituate and critique major trends like world literature and postcolonial theory emanating from the Anglo-American world. Capitalizing on Johannesburg as the new intellectual hub of the continent, the programme draws participants from across the continent and beyond. Since its inception under Es’kia Mphahlele in the early 1980s, the department of African Literature has produced a cohort of graduates who have taken up positions across the African academy and other parts of the world. Benefits of the programme Taught by leading figures in the field Vibrant student community drawn from across the continent Opportunity to present work at graduate seminars and conferences Support to publish outstanding research work Opportunity to participate in vibrant cultural and intellectual life in Johannesburg Curriculum Outline/Modules taught Critical Approaches to African Literature African Popular Media and the Novel Narratives of the Indian Ocean Contemporary Trends in African Literature Memory, Violence and Representation Writing Slavery in the African World Book History in Africa Closing dates Normally 31 August for international applicants and 30 September for South African applicants, but under certain circumstances we can accept late applications. Applicants for the dissertation-only option should contact the department prior to applying for admission. African Popular Media and the Novel As many previous studies have demonstrated, the African... [-]

MA in English Literature (by research only)

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3  February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

Staff members in English at the University of the Witwatersrand are able to offer supervision at Master’s level in areas ranging from medieval texts to contemporary literature, with particular strengths in Renaissance studies, Victorian fiction, modernism, postmodernism and postcolonial writing. Topics in literary theory, as well as inter-disciplinary projects, are equally welcome. [+]

Top Master of Art Degrees in Humanities Studies in Africa 2017/2018. Staff members in English at the University of the Witwatersrand are able to offer supervision at Master’s level in areas ranging from medieval texts to contemporary literature, with particular strengths in Renaissance studies, Victorian fiction, modernism, postmodernism and postcolonial writing. Topics in literary theory, as well as inter-disciplinary projects, are equally welcome. Staff undertaking supervision are active researchers, who publish regularly in their fields of specialisation. In the 2014 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the department was placed in the top 51-100 category. Students receive individual mentoring and are given the opportunity to develop a professional profile by participating in undergraduate tutoring. Those with appropriate interests may be invited to share in international research partnerships with specified universities in Great Britain, Sweden and Germany. Benefits of the programme This programme enables Honours graduates freely to pursue and develop their particular interests as literary scholars. In the process, they acquire valuable research skills in the Humanities, while refining their capacities as writers and critical thinkers. A significant number of candidates proceed to the PhD in English literature, whether at the University of the Witwatersrand, at other South African universities or at leading institutions overseas. Curriculum Outline/Modules taught This degree is offered by research only. Students are supervised individually. Closing dates Applications will be considered throughout the year, with students usually commencing their research in January, April, July or September. Contact Details For further information, please contact: Professor Merle Williams... [-]