Purpose and Nature
Programs granting the Master of Divinity degree are designed primarily to qualify the graduate to function as principal leaders or ministers. As a graduate level program it requires the student to develop and demonstrate critical thinking and dialogic skills including the ability to identify and critique theological and moral discourse, the ability to frame cogent arguments, the ability to test ideas for biblical fidelity and contextual appropriateness and the ability to communicate ideas effectively in oral or written dialogue.
Successful completion of any Bachelor level degree for entry into 90-credit MDiv programs, and a Bachelor of Theology (or equivalent) for entry into 60-credit MDiv programs.
In special cases, older mature candidates (30 and above) who may not have completed the schooling may be admitted upon successful completion of the qualifying assessment. (Not more than 10% of the class should comprise of this category of students.)
Any applicant for admission should normally be recommended for this program by their local church pastor. The pastor should have known the student for at least two years.
Candidates for admission should have:
- Successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree.
- Completed 22 years of age on or before July 15 of the year of admission.
- A satisfactory proficiency in the medium of instruction.
- A convincing Christian experience of salvation.
- A clear commitment to Christian discipleship and service.
- Desire and readiness to be prepared for Christian ministry.
In special cases, older mature candidates (25 and above) who may not have completed the schooling may be admitted upon successful completion of the qualifying assessment. (Not more than 10% of the class should comprise of this category of students.)
Candidates should submit the following:
- Completed Application Form
- Application Processing Fee
- Pastor’s Reference
- Two (2) General References
- Written Personal Testimony of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (500 words, guidelines included)
- Class 10 & 12 Educational Certificates (attested copies)
- Bachelor’s Degree Educational Certificates (attested copies)
- Medical Certificate (General Report)
- Baptismal Certificate (attested copies)
- Sponsorship and financial support information
For the MDiv program, it costs NIITS Rs.1,40,000 per year to train one student. The highly subsidized annual fee for a residential student is Rs. 70,000.00 and Rs. 52,000.00 for a day scholar.
The college raises funds through student sponsorship and grants to help subsidize student fees and support the program. A further limited scholarship is available to extremely needy students but a minimum of Rs. 35,000 (MDiv) has to be paid by each student regardless of circumstances.
Areas of Study
- Bible, Exegesis, and Languages
- Church History
- Practical Theology: Ministry related courses, Pastoralia, Missions, Christian Education
- Religions, Culture
- A required thesis or field project is recommended
NIITS follows monthly module system and more details are provided in the calendar of events.
Successful completion of 60 credit units for theological Bachelor degree holders with a GPA of B or above.
Successful completion of 90 credit units for non-theological Bachelor degree holders.
An assessment of ministry involvement that meets set requirements.
An assessment of character and spiritual development that meets set requirements/standards.
A personal interview with the admission committee is a must and there are no exceptions.
The deadline, for receiving applications is May 31 each year, after which a late fee (Rs.100) is payable. Currently, we can take only 20 students in each batch of BTh+MDiv.
Academic Year is July to June.
A modular system is followed at NIITS with eight modules in each academic year. The classes for each academic year begin in the last week of July. All approved and selected students are expected to arrive at NIITS no later than Sunday, the day before classes start on Monday, graduation is usually the last Saturday of April each year.