Master of Divinity (MDiv)

90 credits
Accredited Degree

A BGST MDiv graduate will have the professional skills and knowledge needed to become an effective lay leader or ministry worker in the Southeast Asian context. Students will learn a wide range of disciplines applicable in the church setting, such as biblical language studies, missions, preaching, worship and more. By studying alongside ministry workers and working professionals, and by completing reflective exercises, BGST MDiv students will be equipped to live out their faith in modern Southeast Asia.

The MDiv is right for you if:
- You are a current or future pastors, para-church workers or lay leader
- You want more advanced-level training
- You want to dig deeper into a particular area of study
- You hope to go into pastoral ministry or be more thoroughly equipped as a lay leader

Duration
Three years (full-time) to eight years (part-time)

Minimum Qualification

  • Bachelors degree from a recognized institution or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.5 out of a possible 4.0 OR
  • Graduate of BGST Certificate programme with a minimum average grade of B minus (B-)
  • Those who do not possess a first degree may take a BGST class for audit or credit before deciding to enter a programme.


Admission

  • Applicants who have an undergraduate degree in biblical or theological studies may be able to transfer credits from their previous coursework.
  • The personal and spiritual aspects of the applicant will be considered.

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
      • Part time foreign students must register for a minimum of 10 credits of courses per year
      • Full time foreign students must register for a minimum of 30 credits of courses per year.


Graduation Requirements

To be eligible to graduate with an MDiv, a student must have:

      • Satisfactorily completed all requirements (90 credits) for the programme by the end of April of the year they wish to graduate
      • Attained a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
      • Submitted a completed Application for Graduation form to the Registrar’s Office by 31 March of the year they wish to graduate
      • No outstanding payments to BGST


Programme Fees

MDiv (90 credits)   S$13,725 Full Payment
Fee per 3 credit/audit module    S$450 / S$240
Fee per 1.5 credit/audit module   S$225 / S$120

*Each student in CS102 receives one-on-one mentoring from a Spiritual Director. Thus, the fee for this course is S$450.00.


MDiv Curriculum


REQUIRED COURSES

82.5 CREDITS

Scripture

Biblical Hermeneutics and Interpretation (HE101)

3 Credits

Old Testament Foundations I (OT101) AND
Old Testament Foundations II (OT102)

6 Credits

New Testament Foundations I (NT101) AND
New Testament Foundations II (NT102)

6 Credits

Biblical Languages
EITHER: Hebrew Track

Biblical Hebrew I (BH111) AND
Biblical Hebrew II (BH112)

6 Credits

Biblical Hebrew Readings and Exegesis I (BH211)
Biblical Hebrew Readings and Exegesis II (BH212)

6 Credits

OR: Greek Track

Biblical Greek I (BG111) AND
Biblical Green II (BG112)

6 Credits

Biblical Greek Readings and Exegesis I (BG211) AND
Biblical Greek Readings and Exegesis II (BG212)

6 Credits

OR: Introductory Combination Track

Biblical Greek I (BG111) AND
Biblical Greek II (BG112)

6 Credits

Biblical Hebrew I (BH111) AND
Biblical Hebrew II (BH112)

6 Credits

Christian Tradition

Introduction to Christian Theology (TS101)

3 Credits

Christian Theology I (TS211) AND
Christian Theology II (TS212)

6 Credits

History of Christianity I (CH101) AND
History of Christianity II (CH102)

6 Credits

Christian Spirituality I (CS101)*

1.5 Credits

Christian Spirituality II (CS102)

1.5 Credits

Spiritual Care and Direction (CS212) 

3 Credits

Any other Christian Spirituality course

3 Credits

Interdisciplinary Studies

Christianity, Culture and Society (ID101)

3 Credits

Anthropology for Christian Ministry & Practice  (ID201)

1.5 Credits

Asian Religions in a Contemporary Age (ID211)

3 Credits

Church, Society & Ethical Issues (ID/TS253)

1.5 Credits

Interdisciplinary Project (ID311)

1.5 Credits

Vocation, Work and Ministry: Theology of Work (MM101)

1.5 Credits

Christians in a Digital & Disruptive World: Navigating Trends, Challenges & Opportunities (MM102)

1.5 Credits

Leadership as Stewardship (MM201)

3 Credits

Church in Mission (ME101)

3 Credits

Pastoral Theology and Ministry (CM101)

1.5 Credits

Field Education (CM331/332)

3 Credits

Any Worship and Liturgy Course

1.5 Credits

Any Teaching & Learning Course

3 Credits

Any Preaching Course

3 Credits

CORE COURSES

82.5 CREDITS

ELECTIVES (from any subject area)

7.5 CREDITS

TOTAL CREDITS

90 CREDITS

*Christian Spirituality I (CS101) must be taken before OR concurrently with Christian Spirituality II (CS102).

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