The MCS is a 60-credit two-year full-time programme. It can also be taken on a part-time basis. Like the Grad DipCS, the MCS is designed primarily with the lay person in mind. It builds on the foundation laid by the Grad DipCS by introducing more advanced-level courses in the main theological disciplines. Students may also choose to concentrate in any of the following four areas of studies: Biblical Studies, Spiritual Theology, Intercultural Studies and Marketplace Studies.

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Biblical Studies
OT Foundations I (OT101) & II (OT102) 6 credits
NT Foundations I (NT101) & II (NT102) 6 credits
Biblical Hermeneutics & Interpretation (HE101) 3 credits
Theological Studies
The Christian Faith (TS101) 3 credits
Theological Foundations I (TS211) or II (TS212) 3 credits
Christian Ethics (TS252) 1.5 credits
Historical Studies
History of Christianity I & II (CH101/CH102) 6 credits
Christian Spirituality
Christian Spirituality I: Foundations for Everyday Life (CS101) 1.5 credits
Christian Spirituality II: Practices for Discernment and Discipleship (CS102) 1.5 credits
Ancient Wisdom for Everyday Spirituality: Reading the Spiritual Classics of Christianity (CS211) OR any CS elective 3 credits
Interdisciplinary Studies
Christianity, Culture and Society (ID101) 3 credits
Asian Religions in a Contemporary Age (ID211) 3 credits
Marketplace Studies
Vocation, Work and Ministry (MM101) 3 credits
Christians in the Marketplace: Theology, Spirituality and Practice (MM201) 3 credits
46.5 credits


Free electives 13.5 credits
13.5 credits


60 credits



Students can take electives from any area of the curriculum. Should they intend to enrol for the MDiv in the future, they are advised to use these electives to fulfil some of their MDiv courses requirements.
Students may also choose to specialise in any one of the following four concentrations: Biblical Studies, Spiritual Theology, Intercultural Studies and Marketplace Studies. To do so, students can either:
  1. Take 12 credits of electives from one concentration; or
  2. Take 6 credits of concentrationelectives and complete another 6 credits of guided study and Thesis on a topic relevant to theconcentration.
Students wishing to undertake a Thesis, Ministry Research Project or Qualitative Research Project must first complete a Guided Study (1.5-credit) as a way of surveying the research area, preparing for the Thesis proposal and assessing their ability for Thesis/Project writing. Upon successful completion of the Guided Study, the student may then embark on their Thesis/Project (4.5 credits).This criterion is also applicable to a student undertaking a Thesis for his Concentration.
a. Thesis option
Guided Study
MCS Thesis (TH395)
1.5 credits
4.5 credits
b. Ministry Project option
Guided Study 1.5 credits
MCS Ministry Research Project (TH393)* 4.5 credits
TOTAL CREDITS 60 credits


Biblical Studies
Students may either take 12 credits of electives in Biblical Studies (OT, NT, BG or BH) orundertake a Thesis (with guided study) and another 6 credits of Biblical Studies electives.
Spiritual Theology
Students must either take TS212 and other 9 credits of electives in Christian Spirituality orcomplete TS212, an elective in Christian Spirituality and a Thesis (with guided study).
Intercultural Studies
Students may either take 12 credits of electives in Intercultural studies or undertake a Thesis (with guided study) and another 6 credits of electives in Intercultural studies.
Marketplace Studies
Students may either take 12 credits of electives in Marketplace Studies or undertake a Thesis (with guided study) and another 6 credits of Marketplace Studies electives.
Note: It is likely that students (Program and non-Program) studying with BGST prior to Jul 2012 had followed the AY2011 MCS syllabus in their selection of courses. Such students will have theoption of abiding by the AY2011 MCS syllabus instead.


  1. The entrance qualification is an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and completion of the Grad DipCS (or equivalent) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0 at the graduate level. English proficiency will also be a consideration for both localand international students.
  2. The personal and spiritual aspects of the applicant will also be considered. Decisions made will be based upon the whole application.
  3. Applicants who have an undergraduate degree in biblical or theological studies may be able to transfer credits from their previous course-work. Applications should be made in writing to the Registrar, and must be accompanied by the relevant transcripts and other documentation.
  4. Applicants may enroll on a full-time or a part-time basis. All foreign students must register a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester.


To be eligible for graduation, a student must:

  1. Complete 60 credits.
  2. Attain a Grade Point Average 3.0.
  3. Submit a completed Application for Graduation form to the Registra’s Office by the end of March.
  4. Have no outstanding payments to BGST.


The maximum period of time for the completion of the Master in Christian Studies is 6 years.


The course fees for 1.5 credit and 3 credit courses are $225 and $450 respectively.


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