The Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) is a graduate level educational institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. AIIAS (pronounced "I-Us") is a locally and internationally accredited institution located in Silang, Cavite, Philippines, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Manila. The institution, with students and faculty from over 40 countries, is composed of two schools: the Theological Seminary and the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). The Seminary offers degree programs in Applied Theology, Biblical Studies, and Theological-Historical Studies, and SGS offers degrees in the areas of Business, Education, and Health.
AIIAS officially came into existence on February 24, 1986 through Philippine Presidential Decree 2021. In 1991 the school was moved to its current location in Silang
. Prior to that it was located on the campus of the Adventist University of the Philippines
AIIAS's areas of studies are divided into two main entities, the Theological Seminary, and the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), though there is also an English Center to prepare students who have not graduated from an English speaking school, or are not able to pass the English exam. AIIAS offers distance education through its Division of Online Learning, which offers several master's degrees online, and its Distance Learning Centers operating throughout Asia.
The Theological Seminary offers the following graduate and doctoral degrees: Master of Ministry
(M.Min.), Master of Divinity
(M.Div.), Master of Arts
(M.A.) in Religion, Doctor of Ministry
(D.Min.), and Doctor of Philosophy
(Ph.D.) in Religion. The M.Div. degree is also offered online.
School of Graduate Studies
The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) offers the Master of Business Administration
(M.B.A.) degree, Master of Public Health
(M.P.H.), and a Master of Arts
degree in Education. SGS also offers an Education Specialist
(Ed.S.) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy
degree (Ph.D.) in Education. Beginning in June 2007, SGS has started offering a Ph.D. in Business Administration. The M.P.H and the M.B.A. are also both offered online.
The official school year at AIIAS begins in June and consists of two semesters. There is also a half-semester of classes offered during the summer months from March through May. There are two commencement services per year, in March and October.
AIIAS students represent over 40 countries, and come from all the continents of the world. Students range in age from their early 20's to 50's. Most students live in on-campus apartment towers. Families occupy entire apartments, while singles have the option of sharing apartments. There is also housing available off-campus, both within walking distance and in Silang
(the nearby town).
Approximately 300 students are enrolled on campus, with distance learning centers accounting for another 700.
AIIAS has a semi-annual Alumni magazine called Flags.