Master in Master of Arts in Theology and Interdisciplinary Studies  MA(TIS)

Accredited Degree

The Master of Arts in Theology and Interdisciplinary Studies MA(TIS) covers broad-based training and is designed for students looking to deepen their theological learning.

Students will learn to nurture themselves and others in Christlikeness to live out their calling in the Church and the marketplace.

MA(TIS) graduates will be competent in engaging Scripture, Christian Tradition (including Spiritual Discernment) and Interdisciplinary Studies.



The MA(TIS) is right for you if:

    • You are in the marketplace and want to grow your understanding of the Christian faith
    • You are looking for comprehensive theological training with both depth and breath
    • You are exploring leadership roles in your church and in other ministries



    Duration
    2 years (Full-time); or
    6 years (Part-time)


    Programme Fees

    MA(TIS) Full Programme Fee:  S$9,225
    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 Qualifications

    1. A BGST Certificate or BGST Graduate Diploma with a minimum average grade of B minus (B-).
    2. A Bachelor degree from a recognized institution or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

    Those who do not possess a first degree may take a BGST class for audit or credit before deciding to enter into a programme.


    Admissions Pre-requisites

    • Applicants who have done previous biblical or theological studies may be able to apply for credit transfers or obtain advance standing. Approval for such applications will be at the discretion of BGST.
    • Consideration of the personal and spiritual aspects of the applicant.
    • International Students
      • TOEFL Required Scores:
        • Paper-based = 550 points
        • Computer-based = 213 points
        • Internet-based = 78 points
      • IELTS Required Score: 6

        Curriculum and Credits – MA(TIS) Programme
        Total Credits Needed for MA(TIS) Accreditation: 60 Credits

        • Core Required Courses: 48 Credits
        • Elective Courses: 12 Credits

        Course Code

        Courses

        # Credits

        Required Core Courses

        Total Credits Needed

        48

        Biblical Studies

        HE 101

        Biblical Hermeneutics and Interpretation

        3

        OT 101

        Old Testament Foundations 1

        3

        OT 102

        Old Testament Foundations 2

        3

        NT 101

        New Testament Foundations 1

        3

        NT 102

        New Testament Foundations 2

        3

        Theological Studies

        TS 101

        Christian Theology for Everyday Life

        3

        TS 211 or

        TS 212

        Theological Foundations 1 or

        Theological Foundations 2

        3

        Historical Studies

        CH 101

        History of Christianity 1

        3

        CH 102

        History of Christianity 2

        3

        Christian Spirituality

        CS 101*

        Christian Spirituality 1

        1.5

        CS 102**

        Christian Spirituality 2

        1.5

        -

        Any Other Christian Spirituality Course

        3

        Interdisciplinary Studies

        ID 101

        Christianity, Culture and Society

        3

        ID 201 or

        ID/ME 245

        Anthropology for Christian Ministry & Practice or

        Asian Theology

        1.5

        ID 211

        Asian Religions in a Contemporary Age

        3

        ID/TS 253

        Church, Society & Ethical Issues

        1.5

        Marketplace Studies

        MM 101

        Vocation, Work and Ministry: Theology of Work

        1.5

        MM 103

        Christians in a Digital & Disruptive World: Navigating Trends, Challenges & Opportunities

        1.5

        -

        Any Learning & Teaching Courses and/or

        Any Preaching Courses and/or

        Any ENGAGE Certificate in Leadership Course (with additional credit-work)

        3

        Electives

        Total Credits Needed

        12

        From Any Subject Areas

        12

         

        * 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 MA(TIS), 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 (60 Credits) for the programme by April 30th of the year they wish to graduate in.
        • Attained a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
        • No outstanding payments to BGST

         

        Existing Master in Christian Studies (MCS) Students
        BGST has transitioned its MCS Programme to its MA(TIS) Programme. As such, existing MCS students may continue with their MCS programme, or switch over to the MA(TIS) programme.

          • Should students choose to remain, all courses required for the MCS will continue to be offered.
          • Should students choose to switch, credits of all MCS courses completed to date will be carried over to the new programme. (No additional fees will be charged for the change).


        Continuing Onto Other BGST Programmes
        Upon successful completion of MCS / MA(TIS), students would have completed two-thirds of the requirements for MDiv. MCS or MA(TIS) credits earned are entirely transferable to the MDiv Programmes. MCS/MA(TIS) students can continue onto the MDiv Programme by meeting the remaining one-third requirements (30 Credits).

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