Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies

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Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS)
Type Private
Established 1986
President Stephen R. Guptill
Location Silang, Cavite, Philippines
Campus Almost 49 acres (200,000 m2) of palmed tropical hills.
Colors green
Nickname AIIAS

The Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) (pronounced "I-Us"), is Seventh-Day Adventist educational institution located in the Philippines,[1][2] offering graduate degrees in business administration, education, public health, and theology.[3][4] It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[5][6][7][8]

AIIAS is a graduate level educational institution that is both a locally and internationally accredited institution[9][10][11] located in Silang, Cavite, Philippines, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Manila.

Flags around the AIIAS Bell Tower during graduation.

It was made a GC institution of graduate education by action of the Annual Council in 1996 and became the fourth after Andrews University, Loma Linda University, and Oakwood College.[12] It one of the first Adventist educational institutions to confer degrees to students who had earned master's degrees entirely over the internet and became the very first Seventh-day Adventist institutions to offer a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Business.[4]


From 1957 several graduate programs, primarily in the area of religion, were offered on the campus of Philippine Union College (PUC), now the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP). These programs were organized into a Theological Seminary, which became an institution of the Far Eastern Division of Seventh-day Adventists in 1978.[12]

AIIAS officially came into existence on February 24, 1986 through the Philippine Presidential Decree 2021.[13] On October 6, 1996, an action taken by the Annual Council of the Adventist Church, made AIIAS an institution of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In 1991, the school was moved to its current location in Lalaan I, Silang, Cavite, Philippines. Prior to that, it was located on the campus of the Adventist University of the Philippines.

AIIAS Department of Online Learning was established in 2001.


AIIAS operates a Graduate School with three departments; and a Theological Seminary with three departments as well. There is also an English Center for non-native English speaking students who desire to learn English as a second language. Most students matriculate into the regular academic programs upon completion, which is usually about three (3) months. AIIAS also award degrees through its Division of Online Learning (DOL), and several Distance Learning Centers (DLC)throughout Asia. Students enrolled in the DOL and DLCs have options between several master's degree programs.

AIIAS is rank #32 Top Colleges & Universities 2012 in the Philippines.[14] It is also ranked #6409 in World Ranking in 2010.[15]

Theological Seminary[edit]

Degrees awarded by the Department of Applied Theology are Master of Ministry (M.Min.), Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts in Ministry, Intercultural Studies, Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) with emphases in Church Ministry, Church Mission and Church Leadership, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Religion,[16] and a Graduate Certificate in Ministry. It also has degrees offered in the Department of Biblical Studies, Master of Arts in Religion (MA-R), Master of Theology (MTh) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Old Testament and New Testament. It has degrees offered in the Department of Theological-Historical Studies, Master of Arts in Religion (MA-R), and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Theological-Historical Studies.

The Seminary publishes the Journal of Asia Adventist Seminary, a peer-reviewed academic publication.

Graduate School[edit]

Degrees awarded by the Department of Business are Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with emphases in Business Management, Finance, and Information Technology, Master of Science in Administration (M.S.A.)with emphases in Church Administration and Management Studies, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Business[16]

The Department of Public Health offers a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) and is also offered online.


The official school year at AIIAS begins in June every year and there is one commencement service at the end of each school year in March.


AIIAS students represent 40 different nationalities in its student body and 18 in its faculty.[12]


AIIAS has a semi-annual Alumni magazine called Flags.[17]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


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  5. ^"the second largest Christian school system in the world has been steadily outperforming the national average – across all demographics."
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  7. ^ "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  8. ^ Rogers, Wendi; Kellner, Mark A. (April 1, 2003). "World Church: A Closer Look at Higher Education". Adventist News Network. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  9. ^ UNESCO list of accredited educational institutions.
  10. ^ Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities list of accredited institutions Archived May 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ List of educational institutions accredited by the accrediting body of the Adventist church. Archived June 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
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  13. ^ Official Gazette of the Philippines volume 82, Number 8, February 24, 1986
  14. ^ "Top Colleges & Universities in the Philippines | 2012 University Web Rankings". 
  15. ^ "University Ranking in the Philippines". 
  16. ^ a b List of Region 4 Higher Education Institutions, published by the Commission on Higher Education
  17. ^ Flags

Coordinates: 14°12′15.62″N 120°58′4.54″E / 14.2043389°N 120.9679278°E / 14.2043389; 120.9679278