Master of Arts
Protestant Theology

Protestant Theology

In the Protestant Theology degree program students acquire advanced research-oriented knowledge as well as methodological and analytical competencies in all of the main theological disciplines (Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Systematic Theology and Practical Theology). Students broaden their knowledge of Christianity as a possibility for humanity to find meaning in life, as a guide to leading one’s life and finding values and as an influential factor in western culture and society. In addition, they explore acts of leading in societal and church institutions as well as related conditions and effects.

In particular, students learn how to critically assess phenomena of Christian religion in history and today, conduct independent research and solve complex problems, with a particular focus on the reformational perspective. An important objective in this process is that students acquire key qualifications that are trans-disciplinary and professionally relevant.


Possible lines of work:

Administrative specialist at facilities for ecumenical research, church welfare and social facilities and institutions in the area of development cooperation, etc.; adult education (church academies, adult education centers, etc.); academia (research management, teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.); journalism/editing, public relations, publishing, editing, libraries, archives

Open admission
Master of Arts
4 Semester
Winter semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

A university degree (German or non-German) in Protestant theology or a related field (usually a bachelor’s degree) from a Protestant theological higher-education institution or faculty.

German language proficiency (DSH level 2, CEFR level C1, as per DSH exam. regulations)

English language proficiency (CEFR level B2) when English-language modules are taken.

Other language skills: Hebrew, Greek, Latin proficiency certificates

Specific modules in the five main theological disciplines Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Systematic Theology, and Practical Theology (60 ECTS credits total)

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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