School of Theology English

The world we live in today is a cosmopolitan, globally connected, 24/7/365 world which straddles both geographical and digital spaces. Whether in Singapore, in regions immediately surrounding this island nation, or in countries further afield, the dynamism of the 21st century has introduced new challenges. Serving in such a world requires understanding, perspective, competence, emotional stability, compassion, and other leadership qualities for effective ministry.

At the School of Theology (English), we are keenly aware of the changes and challenges of our generation as we train a new generation of leaders for ministry in the 21st century. For that reason, there are four areas in our curriculum that we have identified as important competencies and capacities to cultivate in our students:

UNDERSTANDING CHRISTIAN FOUNDATIONS

Understanding of Biblical/theological/historical foundations–elements of our rich Christian heritage which continue to inform the ideals, identity, mission, and practices of the church.

DEVELOPING CHARACTER IN COMMUNITY

Developing character as God’s created being in community, and the promotion of personal, spiritual, emotional, and moral development.

UNDERSTANDING CULTURAL SHIFTS

Understanding how cultural shifts impact life, church, and ministry, and developing informed responses to the rapid changes experienced in the 21st century.

DEVELOPING MINISTRY SKILLS

Development of competencies such as reading and interpreting texts, preaching, counseling, teaching, small group facilitation, mobilization, and other areas of competency needed for effective leadership and ministry.

These four areas are reinforced in classroom lectures, chapels, specially organised forums and events, practicums, and weekly field placements. Other learning activities include dialogues and discussion, through email and social-media interactions. Collectively these rich and hopefully indelible learning experiences serve to inform, form, and transform our students as they prepare for a lifetime of faithful service.

As a school, our vision and goal for the community is that the learning and training experience be academically challenging, spiritually invigorating, culturally diverse and educationally engaging. Our desire is that the time spent in our learning community will inspire leaders who are biblically and theologically informed, contextually relevant, globally aware, missionally oriented, wise in judgment, and trustworthy in all matters.

The table below provides a summary of the programmes offered in the School of Theology (English) as well as the goals intended for each programme. Take time to discuss these programme options with your church or mission leaders and to make an informed decision about your choice of programme. Finally, if you wish to receive admissions counseling, please drop us an email and we will be glad to help with your admissions queries and questions about the application process.

Master of Divinity

  • 3 Years
Total Hours
98 Hours
  • Greek Required
  • Hebrew Required

Entrance Requirements

  • Degree from accredited or recognised university
  • TOEFL 80(IBT)/213(CBT) or IELTS 6.0
  • Qualified BTh graduates may receive advanced standing

Goals of the Programme
Well-rounded pastoral preparation for Christian workers, pastors, and missionaries. Students may choose from one of the following concentrations if there is a critical mass: Biblical Studies, Pastoral Ministries, and Intercultural Studies

Master of Arts (Biblical Studies)

  • 2 Years
Total Hours
65 Hours
  • Greek Required
  • Hebrew Required

Entrance Requirements

  • Degree from accredited or recognised university
  • TOEFL 80(IBT)/213(CBT) or IELTS 6.0
  • Qualified BTh graduates may receive advanced standing

Goals of the Programme
Specialised preparation for those whose ministries are focused on studying, interpreting, and teaching the Bible

Master of Arts (Intercultural Studies)

  • 2 Years
Total Hours
65 Hours
  • Greek Required
  • Hebrew Required

Entrance Requirements

  • Degree from accredited or recognised university
  • TOEFL 80(IBT)/213(CBT) or IELTS 6.0
  • Qualified BTh graduates may receive advanced standing

Goals of the Programme
Broad-based and holistic preparation for Christian workers and leaders with a special emphasis on instilling cultural awareness, as well as for developing and supervising outreach ministries of churches, parachurch organisations, and missions agencies

Graduate Diploma in Intercultural Studies

  • 1 Year
Total Hours
33 Hours
  • Greek Required
  • Hebrew Required

Entrance Requirements

  • Degree from accredited or recognised university
  • TOEFL 80(IBT)/213(CBT) or IELTS 6.0

Goals of the Programme
Practical and foundational preparation for cross-cultural missionary service, including professional service and other forms of tentmaking

Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies

  • 1 Year
Total Hours
32 Hours
  • Greek Required
  • Hebrew Required

Entrance Requirements

  • Degree from accredited or recognised university
  • TOEFL 80(IBT)/213(CBT) or IELTS 6.0

Goals of the Programme
Foundational and flexible equipping of the whole people of God with a view to effective integration of faith, work, and family life

MDiv/MA Preparatory Year

  • 1 Year
Total Hours
32 Hours
  • Greek Required
  • Hebrew Required

Entrance Requirement

  • Polytechnic Diploma or equivalent.

Goals of the Programme
Foundational course for candidates without a bachelor’s degree seeking to enter the MDiv and MA programmes