The Master of Arts in Theology and Global Anabaptism (MATGA) program was launched a year ago by Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) as an on-line program in cooperation with MK College. The partnership with MKC is specifically designed to allow students to complete their course of study without having to obtain a student visa and travel to Elkhart IN. The first cohort includes nine students who are taking the courses online while still serving in their churches. Now, we have ten applicants who will be a 2nd cohort group if they fulfill the AMBS admission requirements.
These students in the MATGA Ethiopia Cohort are taking a combination of contextualized courses that explicitly engage the content within the Ethiopian context, as well as the regular online courses in which they interact with AMBS students from North America and other parts of the world. The general elective courses for the Ethiopia Cohort are carefully selected to create a focus on peace studies as requested by MKC leaders. Due to COVID-19, the scheduled visit of AMBS professors to the campus this summer could not happen.
As a final note, I would like to say thank you to the AMBS community. This partnership program would not have been a reality without the help of Dr Sara Wenger, Dr Beverly Lapp, Daniel Grimes, Mary Ann Weber, Teresa Sheryl , Karl, Dr. Rebecca, Henok Mekonin, and many others at AMBS.
— Emebet Mekonnen, Dr., MA Coordinator & A/Academic Dean