Modes of Study

A distinctive feature of BGST is our attempt to adapt the “Open University” principle to theological education. There are three modes of study:

  1. Class Study – Lectures with tutorials where appropriate.
  2. Private Study – This is primarily self-directed study. Lectures may be in audio or visualformat. A graderis assigned for each private study course. Students are allowed, within reason, to set their own time frame and pace of study.
  3. Group Tutorial – In this arrangement a group of five or more students will listen to recorded lectures before meeting with the resident lecturers or tutors for tutorial discussions.Sometimes the resident lecturer or tutor will supplement the course with additional lectures to enrich the learning experience of the students. We encourage our students to seize every opportunity to discuss issus and hear different viewpoints.
  4. Blended Learning – As in the case of Group Tutorials, students will listen to recorded lectures before class. In addition, they will also work on tutorial assignments and participate in collaborative discussions through an On-line Learning Management System. Tutorial sessions will be an occasion for not only discussions on the lecture and tutorial materials, but also engagement in case studies.

ACADEMIC DISTINCTIVES

Academic Integrity

BGST upholds the highest standards of academic and moral integrity with reference to the writing of essays, examinations and course assignments. In particular, we do not permit plagiarism (the unacknowledged citation of ideas and phrases from another source). A student who does not maintain the School’s standard of academic integrity will be subject to discipline and possible dismissal.

Types of Courses

The curriculum is organised around five types of courses:

  1. REQUIRED COURSES– For each programme a number of courses are specified as required. The number of required courses rises as one moves from Grad DipCS to MCS to MDiv. These courses are usually foundational in nature and aim to introduce a particular area of study. They are usually 3-credit courses.
  2. CONCENTRATION ELECTIVE COURSES – MCS students may specialise in one of the following four concentrations: Biblical Studies, Spiritual Theology, Intercultural Studies and Marketplace Studies. Each concentration will require 12 credits of electives in the field chosen. These may be accumulated either by taking 12 credits of concentration electives or by taking 6 credits of electives and producing a Thesis in the chosen concentration.
  3. ELECTIVE COURSES – For each programme a certain number of credits is allocated to elective courses. Students have complete freedom as to which courses they will take as electives.*Please note, however, that as one moves from Grad DipCS to MCS to MDiv the proportion of elective courses to required courses falls. Grad DipCS students who are thinking of going on to the MCS or MDiv should consider taking some of the MCS or MDiv required courses as electives under the Grad DipCS programme.
  4. SEMINARS – Some studies are best conducted as seminars, where students are given the opportunity to present papers and discuss one or more topics. Seminars allow flexibility in the choice of topics or study approach. They carry 1.5 credits each and are usually electives.
  5. GUIDED STUDY– Students are given the opportunity to pursue an area of personal interest, provided a faculty member is available to supervise the study. These courses carry 1.5 credits each.These courses carry 1.5 credits each. Students who intend to work on a Thesis and Ministry Research Project must first complete a Guided Study in a topic relevant to his Thesis or Project.
  6. PRACTICAL TRAINING– These courses (e.g, Preaching Practicum and Field Education) may stretch over periods longer than one semester. Special regulations apply for these.

Study Commitment

Part-time students may sign up for any number of credits per semester. Full-time students normally take 9 to 15 credits per semester. On average, students will be expected to devote 7.5 hours per week to each course taken.

The recommended hours to be spent on a 3-credit course are:

Lectures: 30 hours
Required readings, Assignments, *Tutorials, Examinations (if any): 110 hours
Total: 140 hours

Philosophy of Education

  1. Faithfulness – We believe that academic excellence must be coupled with faithful adherence to the principles of Holy Scriptures.
  2. Godliness – We affirm that it is not enough to acquire knowledge and technical skills. These must be accompanied by Christlikeness and devotion to God.
  3. Usefulness – We believe that course work should in principle be transferable to practical situations in Christian living, though the extent to which this is possible varies from course to course.Philos
  4. Independence – We encourage critical reflection and independent thinking. Academic material should be regarded as a guide only and no undue reliance should be placed on the view of any one person, however convincing that view may be.
  5. Service – We believe that the mark of a sound theological education is that it leads to humble and effective service within the local church and the wider community.
  6. Courage – We believe that Christians should not be afraid to see how the truth of God impinges upon every area of life. We aim to encourage an awareness of diverse perspectives, believing that soundly-based convictions can only be strengthened through exposure to contrary viewpoints.

Teaching-Learning Approach

Courses are usually taken by one lecturer, but will occasionally involve team-teaching. We seek to use a variety of teaching methods, in ways appropriate to the subject being taught: lectures, class exercises, small group discussions, etc. We see education as involving much more than the mere transfer of information, and students are encouraged to participate actively in the learning process.

Grade Point Average Awards

3.75 cum laude (with praise)
3.85 magna cum laude (with great praise)
3.95 summa cum laude (with highest praise)

Grading Scheme

Grade Marks Explanation Grade Point Per Credit
A+ 95 Excellent work 4.0
A 90 4.0
A- 88 3.75
B+ 85 Good 3.5
B 80 3.0
B- 78 Adequate 2.75
C+ 75 2.5
C 70 Weak pass 2.0
C- 68 1.75
D+ 65 Inadequate 1.5
D 60 1.0
F Below 60 Failure 0

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

Part-time Students

Any student registered in less than 9 credit hours per semester, whether by Class Study or Private Study, will be considered Part-time.

Full-time Students

To be considered full-time, students must be registered for a minimum of 9 credits per semester. International students on a Student Pass are automatically considered as full-time students; they must fulfil a minimum of 15 credits per semester.

Transfer of Credits, Exemptions from Required Courses

Students who have completed theological training of a level comparable to that of BGST may be able to transfer credits from their previous course-work. Alternatively, they may be granted exemptions from BGST required courses on the basis of such previously completed course-work. The terms for transfers or exemptions are set out in a separate document “BGST’s policy on Transfers of Credits and Course Exemptions”, available from BGST Office. All transfers or exemptions must be specially applied for. There are no automatic transfers or exemptions. Applications should be made in writing to the Registrar, and must be accompanied by the relevant transcripts and other documentation. Please note that students may only transfer up to 1/3 of the credits required by their programme.

Extension of Deadlines

Class Study & Group Tutorial

For all international students who are on a Student’s Pass, the deadline for submission of assignments is 1 month from the first day of the month following the last lecture. For all other students, the deadline for submission of assignments is 3 months from the first day of the month following the last lecture. International students may continue to submit assignments no later than the end of the second month, but they will incur a penalty of one third of a grade on the late assignments. Other credit students may also submit their assignments no later than the end of the sixth month, but will incur a similar grade point penalty. After this second deadline (two months for international students, six months for all other students) the course will be converted to Audit automatically.

Private Study

All course audio-visual materials must be viewed / listened to, and all assignments completed within a year of registering for the course.

Students may take up to 50% of the total credits required by their programme in the form of Private Study.

The Maximum Period for Completion of Programmes

Grad DipCS 4 years
MCS 6 years
MDiv 8 years

Transcripts

Updates of academic records are issued by the Registrar’s Office at the end of each Semester. Official transcripts bearing the seal of BGST may be issued upon receipt of a completed Transcript Application form and the appropriate fee. Accounts must be current before transcripts are issued.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, a student must:

  1. Have satisfactorily completed all requirements for the programmes outlined in the prospectus by the end of April.
  2. Submit a completed Application for Graduation form to the Registrar’s Office by 31 March.
  3. Have no outstanding payments to BGST.
  4. The academic Grade Point Average requirements are:

Grad DipCS GPA minimum of 2.8

MCS GPA minimum of 3.0

MDiv GPA minimum of 3.0

Privileges for Spouses of Full-time Students

The spouse of a full-time student (i.e., one registered for at least 9 credits for the current semester) pays the following fees for courses registered within the same Semester:

Up to 3 credits (audit) Free of charge

Up to 6 credits (credit) 50% of course fees

These privileges apply only to course fees. Spouses must go through regular registration procedures and pay for all other additional costs.

Entry-level Courses

If you are interested in a particular field of study but uncertain where to begin, consider taking one of the following ‘entry-level’ courses, which are suitable for those who have not previously taken courses in the field:

  • Old Testament Studies: OT101/102 Old Testament Foundations I/II
  • New Testament Studies: NT101/102 New Testament Foundations I/II
  • Biblical Hermeneutics: HE101 Biblical Hermeneutics & Interpretation
  • Theological Studies: TS101 The Christian Faith
  • Historical Studies:: CH101/102 History of Christianity I/II

Departments

  1. Biblical Studies (…read more)
    1. Old Testament Studies
    2. Biblical Hebrew
    3. New Testament Studies
    4. New Testament Greek
    5. Biblical Archaeology
    6. Hermeneutics
  2. Theological Studies(…read more)
  3. Hisotrical Studies(…read more)
  4. Christian Spirituality(…read more)
  5. Intercultural Studies(…read more)
  6. Marketplace Studies(…read more)
  7. Applied Theology(…read more)
    1. Pastoral Theology
    2. Church Ministries
    3. Counselling
  8. Christian Education(…read more)
  9. Missions and Evangelism(…read more)
  10. General Studies(…read more)
    1. Thesis
    2. General Studies
  11. Co-curricular Studies (…read more)

Scholarships & Bursaries

Applicants are expected to bear the cost of their education. However, in certain cases BGST may be able to offer limited financial assistance in the form of scholarships or bursaries.

BGST scholarships are awarded to students who meet with the following criteria:

  • active involvement in church ministry;
  • outstanding academic performance in School;
  • completion of at least 12 credits at BGST;
  • a clear commitment to the aims of BGST, demonstrated by participation in the life of the school.
BGST bursaries are open to students who can show genuine financial need. Scholarship Board will assess all applications for bursaries. These bursaries are available through the generous gifts of donors. However, they are not always available and thus should not be relied upon to fund the student’s theological education expenses.
For further details apply to the Administrative Office.

Prizes

At the discretion of the Council and upon the recommendation of the Faculty Board prizes will be awarded at the Annual Thanksgiving and Convocation Service (BGST’s Grasduation Day).

Principal’s Prize (Grad DipCS)
In memory of the late Mr Charles Phan Chauw Fatt

The Principal’s Prize is awarded to the Most Outstanding Graduating Grad DipCS Student. It is based on a student’s academic performance as well as his life, testimony and service at BGST.

Principal’s Prize (MCS)
In memory of the late Mr Charles Phan Chauw Fatt

The Principal’s Prize is awarded to the Most Outstanding Graduating MCS Student. It is based on a student’s academic performance as well as his life, testimony and service at BGST.

Principal’s Prize (MDiv)
Established by Mount Carmel Bible-Presbyterian Church

The Principal’s Prize is awarded to the Most Outstanding Graduating MDiv Student. It is based on a student’s academic performance as well as his life, testimony and service at BGST.

Hebrew Prize
In memory of the late Dr Christopher Fones

The prize is awarded to a student who has done excellent work in Biblical Hebrew at BGST.

Greek Prize
In memory of the late Rev Quek Khee Swee

The prize is awarded to a student who has done excellent work in NT Greek at BGST.

Old Testament Prize
In memory of the late Elder Lee Tsu Hwai

The prize is awarded to a student who has done excellent work in Old Testament studies.

New Testament Prize
In memory of the late Dr Benjamin Chew

The prize is awarded to a student who has done excellent work in New Testament studies.

Applied Theology Prize
In memory of the late Elder Ng Ngian Kwang

The prize is awarded to a student who has done excellent work in Applied Theology at BGST.

Christian Education Prize
In memory of the late Mdm Goh Eng Ngin

The prize is awarded to a student who has done excellent work in Christian Education at BGST.

Counselling Prize
In memory of the late Mr Michael Jonathan Quek

The prize is awarded to a student who has excelled in studies in the area of Counselling and has the most promise as a counsellor.

Field Education Prize
In memory of the late Pastor Harry Hughes

The prize is awarded to a student who during the years of study has demonstrated faithfulness in Christian ministry and made significant contributions in his areas of service.

Missions & Evangelism Prize
In memory of the late Rev & Mrs Quek Keng Hoon and Mr Yeo Yeow Teck

The prize is awarded to a student who has excelled in studies in the area of Missions and Evangelism and also demonstrated involvement in practical ways.

Those wishing to remember their loved ones through a prize or a scholarship are welcome to contact the Principal’s Office for information concerning the terms and conditions of such gifts. We welcome sponsors for prizes in other areas such as Church History, Spiritual Theology, Theology, Marketplace and Intercultural Studies.

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