We are delighted that you are considering the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) as a place for your education. AIIAS is an international Seventh-day Adventist institution specializing in graduate and post-graduate degrees. AIIAS prepares a student to be teachers, scholars, and researchers for institutions of higher learning.
In this introductory document, we want to give you some essential information as you prepare your materials for the admission process. For a full listing of all requirements and policies, please see our Academic Bulletin.
AIIAS was founded in 1986 to accommodate the needs of a growing Seventh-day Adventist educational system. AIIAS stands on four core values of Excellence, Integrity, Service, and Faith. Our goal is for you to develop in your faithfulness to God and Scripture, to give you a comprehensive foundation in your area of concentration, and to make you competent as teachers, researchers, and professionals.
Due to the history of AIIAS, its location, and development, AIIAS is a very diverse international campus with faculty and students from more than 70 countries. This intercultural setting gives a rich and diverse learning experience in and out of the classroom.
In order to facilitate your admission process and help you understand the rationale for these policies, we want to highlight the following:
The school year at AIIAS begins the first week of August starting 2020 (see the Academic Bulletin for the exact starting date). August is the time you need to enter your Doctor of Philosophy in Religion program.
Classes are scheduled sequentially to complement and build upon each other so that you will have an educational experience with the greatest likelihood of success. Entrance at other times is not possible because you would have to take classes out of the proper sequence without having the appropriate foundation.
It is recommended that you plan to arrive sometime before the semester begins in August. Please allow enough time to arrange for your visa, meet with your program director, finalize your registration, prepare and take proficiency exams in Greek, Hebrew, and a modern language, and make housing arrangements.
An excellent command of the English language is more essential to a student’s success than many realize. AIIAS is an English-medium school. Meeting English proficiency requirement is necessary for acceptance into the program. There are a number of reasons for the importance of English:
First, all teaching, preaching, and presentations on campus are in English. The diversity of the campus requires a universal language accessible to all. Since all instruction is in English, a sub-par command of the English language will hinder a student’s success in the classroom and in the interaction between peers and the professors.
Second, the resources in the library, such as books, articles, and journals, are almost exclusively in English. All research for papers, proposals, and dissertations rely on highly technical resources in English.
Third, historic documents pertaining to early Adventism and most major books, articles, and journals, as well as official business, statements, etc., within Adventism are produced in English. Finally, all documents submitted to the professors, as well as research documents (including dissertation) need to be written in English and require a high level of English writing proficiency.
Because of the importance of English, English proficiency is an admission requirement and not merely a prerequisite. This means that no PhD in Religion application will be reviewed or accepted without proof of passing an English Language exam. AIIAS accepts the scores of standardized English language tests, including TOEFL iBT or IELTS. AIIAS requires a TOEFL iBT score of 79, or an IELTS score of 6.5 to be allowed to submit your application.
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An essential part of the admission package is the submission of an academic paper. In this paper, you should demonstrate your ability to do research, to engage with scholarship, to build a logically cohesive argument, to execute your methodology, and to contribute to the field of your interest. At AIIAS several factors limit how many students can be accepted into the PhD in Religion program each year. Therefore, do not overlook the significance of this submission. A paper should follow the guidelines below:
Please consult the Academic Bulletin for a complete, detailed list of admission requirements.
Application deadline along with all required materials (transcripts, English proficiency score, personal statement, and academic paper)
First week of February
Interview with prospective students
Last week of February
Results of admission process released
End of July
Orientation, registration, and proficiency exams on campus
First week of August
Beginning of school year/classes begin