Master of Theology (MTh) / Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The purpose of the MTh/MPhil programme is to train the student for teaching in theological institutions and for leadership in various church related ministries. The programme is designed to enable qualified graduates in theology to broaden and deepen their knowledge and sharpen their research skills and competencies beyond BD/MDiv level. This goal is achieved by taking a limited number of courses in their area of specialization, and by doing a thesis at an advanced level in that same area of Specialization. Thus, a student who completes MTh/MPhil with a first class or high second class will be
well prepared to enter a doctoral programme.

In 2016, the SAIACS MTh programme offers six specializations accredited by the Asia Theological Association: Old Testament, New Testament, Missiology, Pastoral Theology and Counselling, Theology and Ethics, and Study of Religions.

SAIACS offers an alternate award option by the University of Mysore, where the same programme is called Master of Philosophy in Theology, MPhil (Th). The MTh and MPhil (Th) are identical in content, though additional exams and fees will be required for MPhil students.

A student can take two years of full-time residential study to complete this degree.

Entry requirements

»» These applicants need to have a minimum average of MDiv or BD with at least a second class (minimum 55%; B+ average) or the equivalent from a college accredited by the Asia Theological Association or affiliated to the Senate of Serampore, or from another institution judged to be of equivalent standard.
»» Usually, the student is expected to have had a two year ministry break after previous degree before joining the MTh/MPhil program.

For more details on entry requirements, particularly for Mysore applicants, please consult the latest SAIACS Prospectus