Master of Divinity (MDiv) / Master of Arts (MA)

The Master of Divinity programme enables university graduates to obtain comprehensive theological knowledge, gain ministry skills, and specialize in a chosen discipline. Thus, the degree both prepares students for Christian ministry and qualifies them to teach at graduate (BTh) level. An MDiv fulfils the entry requirements of the Asia Theological Association for MTh. SAIACS students who have completed MA can opt to add on a third year and gain an MDiv degree, thus making themselves eligible for MTh.

 Entry Requirements

The entry requirements are as for the MA (TS).  Those with MA (Th) offered by SAIACS may directly enter the third year, and graduate with MA (Advanced).

Period of Study

MDiv is a three-year full-time residential programme. MDiv in the PTC department includes internships, one of which is a 3-month period at a hospital. Internships will entail additional fees and travel costs.

 Credits

 

Credits from Years 1 and 2

86  or equivalent to MA (TS)

Required Modules for Year 3               

9

Credits per Module                               

4

Total Course Credits in Year 3    

36  or equivalent credits in fewer modules

Credits for Weekly Ministry 

4

Total Credits in Year 3

40

Required Credits for Graduation

126

Completion Requirements

The student must earn 126 credits by completing modules and satisfying the requirements of Weekly Ministry.

 Master of Arts Degree Programmes

MA (TS), MA (Th)

The Master of Arts programmes are meant to equip university graduates with a broad knowledge of the various theological disciplines and with skills for church life and mission.

The student may opt to register with the Asia Theological Association and earn the award Master of Arts in Theological Studies, MA (TS). The student may alternately opt to register with the University of Mysore and earn the award Master of Arts in Theology, MA (Th). The course content and work load are identical in both programmes. The credits, however, are calculated differently, as shown in the table below.

MA (TS)

MA (Th)

Required Modules                                

18

Required number of Modules                                   

18

Credits per Module  (18 x 4)                         

72 credits

Credits per Module

(16 x 4  = 64) + (1 x 2 = 2)                           

66 credits

Reformative and Integrative Formation                                                      2

2 credits

Reformative and Integrative Formation                                    

2 credits

CBL I and II and a Major Project                           

12 credits

CBL I and II and a Major Project                           

14 credits

 

Required Soft Core Course                                        

4 credits

Exams following each Semester

Required Credits for Graduation          

86 credits

Required Credits for Graduation          

86 credits

 

Master of Arts in Theological Studies, MA (TS)

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or BTh with a minimum B grade average(50%) or equivalent.
  • A BTh degree holder with minimum A- grade average from an accredited institute may apply for lateral entry; that is, to join MA (TS) second year and graduate with a MA (TS) in one year, after the completion of nine modules and Context Based Learning requirements.
  • Applicants whose BTh is from a non-ATA/ SSC college but have a minimum B grade average (50%) and applicants from ATA colleges with a minimum B- grade average (45%) should write the Qualifying Examinations conducted by SAIACS. These are conducted prior to the Entrance Examinations.
  • The credits, credit hours and courses of BTh applicants from non-ATA/SSC colleges will be

 Special Admission to MA (TS)

Exemption from the normal entry requirements may be granted by the Admissions Committee in the case of applicants who have significant experience in Christian ministry, and come with a very high written recommendation from their sending organisation or church, and who are proficient in English. Special admission in any year is limited to 10% of the MA (TS) student intake.

 Period of Study 

MA (TS) is a two-year full time residential programme. In exceptional circumstances, permission may be granted for an extension up to three years, with extension fee.

 Credits 

As shown in the table above, the programme is worth 86 credits.

 Completion Requirements

  • The student must earn 86 credits by completing modules and satisfying the requirements of Context Based Learning.
  • Should the performance of the student not be satisfactory, the student may be asked to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Theological Studies at the end of the first year.

 

Master of Arts in Theology, MA (Th)

 Entry Requirements

  • A university Bachelors Degree, second class (minimum 50%; B average) or equivalent, or
  • BTh Degree, with at least second class (minimum 50%; B average) or equivalent, awarded by seminaries, theological institutions and institutes of advanced Christian religious studies in India and abroad recognized by the Asia Theological Association, the Senate of Serampore College and Pontifical Institutes, major seminaries and theological institutes under the jurisdiction of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI)/Conference of Catholic Bishops in India (CCBI), and theological institutions accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by International Council of Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE).
  • An applicant whose degree is not included above may apply through the Academic Dean for equivalence granted by the University of Mysore (UOM).
  • An applicant with a BA Hons degree or equivalent in the same discipline (Theology) with a minimum of 40 credits may apply for lateral entry, joining the MA (Th) second year, and graduate with a MA (Th). Admission to such lateral entries is subject to the approval of the University of Mysore.

 Period of Study 

MA (Th) is a two-year full time residential programme.

 Credits

As shown in the table above, the programme is worth 86 credits.

 Completion Requirements

  • The student must earn 76 credits for the award of MA (Th). However, SAIACS requires all MA (Th) students to take Context Based Learning, and other ministry-related and character formation courses. These add up to 20 credits in addition to the basic 76 credits.
  • For credits earned over the basic 76 credits, the student will be awarded an Add-On Certificate besides the MA (Th) degree.
  • If students opt to exit after earning 40 credits, they would be awarded a BA (Hons) degree.