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Academics | Master Of Divinity

Description and Aims

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a three-year (minimum 97 credit hours), post-graduate degree program. However, those who have an accredited Bachelor of Theology or equivalent may be exempted up to a maximum of 31 credit hours. The primary aim of this course is to prepare students for pastoral ministry and leadership responsibilities in church and mission-related organizations. Secondly, the M.Div. degree is designed to give an academic foundation for higher studies for those who are called for a teaching ministry. Therefore, the M.Div. curriculum will be rigorous, and the student will be expected to do independent research and reflection.

Applications for MDiv studies may be classified into the following categories according to the eligibility criteria.

Category One

  1. Academic Eligibility:Successful completion of a B.A./B.Sc./B.Com. or an equivalent or higher university degree.
  2. Qualifying Exams: These examinations will be held on campus before registration. Syllabi may be available upon request and at the Seminary website. The applicant will be required to take examinations in the following subjects:
    1. Bible Knowledge [Basic]
    2. English [Advanced]
    3. General Knowledge Advanced

Candidates admitted for the second semester are automatically placed in the Pre-Theology year. If an MDiv candidate completes only one semester of pre-theology year, he may be admitted into the MDiv programme at the appropriate level (I MDiv) if he gets a minimum 2.30 cgpa for the semester completed. If he does not obtain 2.30 cgpa, he may be allowed to take the Qualifying Examination in July, and thereafter follow the setguidelines.

Category Two

  1. Academic Eligibility: A Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degree accredited by ATA or by the Senate of Serampore or another reputed accrediting agency with a minimum second class honours (equivalent to 2.00 cgpa on the PTS scale).
  2. Qualifying Exams:All admitted candidates will be required to take B.Th. level qualifying examinations in the following subjects:
    1. English [Advanced]
    2. General Knowledge [Advanced]
    3. Bible [Advanced]
    4. Theology, Church History and Ethics
    5. Religions and Practical Theology

Syllabus for these exams may be available upon request or at the Seminary website.

1. Admission Procedure: Those who secure a minimum 75% ("C") in each of the above five papers may be admitted to II M.Div. Those who secure less than 75% may be placed in I M.Div.

Candidates admitted for the second semester are automatically placed in I MDiv in lieu of the Qualifying Exams. Such a candidate may be promoted to II MDiv, provided he obtains a minimum 2.30 cgpa for the semester completed. If he does not obtain 2.30 cgpa, he may be asked to write the placement exams in July and thereafter follow the guidelines prescribed in this Prospectus.

Category Three

  1. Academic Eligibility: Unaccredited three-year BTh degree (minimum second class).
  2. Qualifying Exams:All admitted candidates will be required to take entrance examinations in the following subjects at BTh level.
    1. English [Advanced]
    2. General Knowledge [Advanced]
    3. Bible [Advanced]
    4. Theology, Church History and Ethics
    5. Religions and Practical Theology.

Syllabus for these exams may be available upon request or at the Seminary website.

3.Admission Procedure: Those who secure a minimum of 75% (ā€œCā€) in each of the above five papers may be admitted to I M.Div. Those who secure less than 75% may be placed in Pre-Theology. At the end of the Pre-Theology year, the student may be admitted into I MDiv if the cgpa is 2.00 or above, with a minimum of B+ (2.30) average grade in English courses. If the cgpa is below 2.00 (but above 1.75), or if the English grade is below 2.30 (but above 1.75), the student may be admitted to MMin.

Candidates admitted in the second semester are automatically placed in the Pre-Theology year. If the candidate completes only one semester of pre-theology year, he may be admitted into the M.Div. programme at the appropriate level (I M.Div.) without Qualifying Exams, provided he gets a minimum 2.30 cgpa for the semester completed (minimum 2.30 for English). If he does not obtain 2.30 cgpa, he may be allowed to take the Qualifying Examinations in July, and thereafter follow the guidelines prescribed in this Prospectus.

Category Four

  1. Academic Eligibility: No minimum qualification prescribed. Mature candidates (30 years and older) are eligible for admission in this category.
  2. Ministry Experience: Those who have had ministry experience will be given priority.
  3. Qualifying Exams:All admitted candidates must write qualifying examinations in the following subjects:
    1. Bible
    2. English [Advanced]
    3. General Knowledge [Advanced]

    Syllabus for these exams may be available upon request or at the Seminary website.

  4. Admission Procedure: Admissions in this category will be limited to 10% of the entering class. Those obtaining a minimum 75% ("C") in each of the above papers may be admitted to I M.Div. Those failing to obtain a passing grade in these examinations (75%) may be placed in Pre-Theology. At the end of the Pre-Theology year, the student may be admitted into the M.Div. programme if the cgpa is 2.00 or above, with a minimum of B+ (2.30) average grade in English courses.

Candidates admitted in the second semester are automatically placed in the Pre-Theology year. If a candidate completes only one semester of pre-theology year, he may be admitted into the M.Div. programme at the appropriate level (I M.Div.) provided he gets a minimum 2.30 cgpa for the semester completed, with a minimum 2.30 cgpa in English courses. If he does not obtain 2.30 cgpa, he may be allowed to take the Placement Examinations in July, and thereafter follow the guidelines prescribed in this Prospectus.