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 MA (ML) is meant for experienced field workers and administrative staff sent by their mission agency for training in high-level leadership.
MA (ML) follows the same pattern as the MA (TS), except for four-five modules that are offered by the Centre for Leadership in place of regular MA (TS) modules.
The student may opt to register with the Asia Theological Association (ATA) and earn the award Master of Arts in Theological Studies, MA (TS) or Master of Arts in Missional Leadership, MA (ML). 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 workload are identical in both programmes. The credits, however, are calculated differently (see Completion Requirements).
Learning is enhanced when it occurs in the context of reflective practice. MA students at SAIACS will experience supervised mission or ministry practice during their study. All MA students will work weekly with a placement church or organisation five hours/week over the period July to February, and for four weeks over the summer break. These placements will be arranged in liaison with and to the approval of the Context-Based Learning (CBL) coordinator. There will be assignments that will help the student reflect on the ministry.
- Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or BTh with a minimum B grade average 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 an MA (TS) in one year, after the completion of nine modules and CBL requirements.
- Applicants whose BTh is from a non-ATA college but have a minimum B grade average and applicants from ATA colleges with a minimum B- grade average 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 colleges will be reviewed.
Special Admission to MA (TS/ML)
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 percent of the MA (TS/ ML) student intake.
- Period of Study
MA (TS/ML) 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.
- Completion Requirements
- The student must earn 86 credits by completing modules and satisfying the requirements of Context-Based Learning (CBL).
- 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.
As shown below, the programme is worth 86 credits.
MA (TS) Required Modules 18 Credits per Module (18 x 4) 72 credits Reformative and Integrative 2 credits CBL I and II and a Major Project 12 credits Required Credits for Graduation 86 credits