Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (GCTS)

If you are looking to study Theology in a structured academic manner, the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (GCTS) is a good starting point.

During the course of the programme, you will explore how to interpret Biblical texts; gain understanding of Christian History; apply theology in your everyday life; and form your own set of beliefs, values, and way of life that reflect the teachings of the Bible.

While the theological training you will undergo involves some level of academic rigour, you will be guided along by our lecturers as well as other helpful resources to make your learning journey meaningful and enjoyable.

Graduates of GCTS will have an introductory knowledge of Scripture and Christian Tradition (including Spiritual Discernment), acquire competencies in Theological Studies and be able to draw insights from these to grow in Christlikeness.

The GCTS is right for you if:
- You are interested in Christian history, spirituality and faith
- You would like to have a taste of theological training
- You are looking for a structured academic programme with some flexibility

1 year (Full-time); or
2 years (Part-time)

Programme Fees
GCTS Full Programme Fee:  S$1,822.50
3 Credit Course Fee:  S$450 (Credit) | S$240 (Audit)
1.5 Credit Course Fee:  S$225 (Credit) | S$120 (Audit)

** For CS102 course, as each student shall receive one-on-one mentoring from a Spiritual Director, the fee for this 1.5 Cr course is S$450.

Minimum Qualification

Applicants must be minimally Cambridge GCE A-level or polytechnic diploma graduates.
Consideration of the personal and spiritual aspects of the applicant.
International Students
  • English proficiency will be considered for international students
    • TOEFL Required Scores 
      • Paper-based = 550 points
      • Computer-based = 213 points
      • Internet-based = 78 points
    • IELTS Required Score: 6

Curriculum and Credits – GCTS Programme
Total Credits Needed for GCTS Certification: 12 Credits

Course Code


# Credits

Required Core Courses

Total Credits Needed


Biblical Studies

HE 101

Biblical Hermeneutics and Interpretation


Theological Studies

TS 101

Christian Theology for Everyday Life


Historical Studies

CH 101 or

CH 102

History of Christianity 1 or

History of Christianity 2


Christian Spirituality

CS 101*

Christian Spirituality 1


CS 102**

Christian Spirituality 2


* Pre-requisite for CS102 is CS101. CS101 must be taken before or concurrently with CS102.

** For CS102 course, as each student shall receive one-on-one mentoring from a Spiritual Director, the fee for this 1.5 Cr course is S$450.

    Graduation Requirements

    To be eligible to graduate with a GCTS, a student must have

    • Submitted a completed Application for Graduation form to the Registrar’s Office by March 31st of the year they wish to graduate in.
    • Satisfactorily completed all requirements (12 Credits) for the programme by April 30th of the year they wish to graduate in.
    • Attained a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8
    • No outstanding payments to BGST

    GCTS Certificate of Participation

    Students who desire to only attend the courses without having to worry about assignment submissions for this programme can apply to receive a Certificate of Participation. This would be subject to the student fulfilling a 75% attendance record for each of the courses.

    Continuing Onto Other BGST Programmes
    Students can choose to take up more than one BGST Certificate programme. Overlapping courses in their selected programmes may be substituted with the courses in the same category.

    Upon successful completion of GCTS, students will have completed more than one-third of the requirements for BGST’s Graduate Diploma for Christian Studies (GDCS) programme and about one-third of the requirements for the joint BGST-TTC Diploma in Theological Studies (DipTS) programme.

    GCTS credits earned are transferable to BGST’s accredited diploma and master programmes.

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