Master in Christian Studies (MCS)

60 credits
Accredited Degree

The Master in Christian Studies (MCS) is designed for those looking to deepen their learning beyond the certificate and diploma programmes. The MCS consists of broad-based training. This breadth provides students with not only a good grasp of Scripture, Christian traditions and interdisciplinary studies, but also the ability to contextualize their faith and nurture others in Christlikeness.

MCS may choose to concentrate in any of the following areas of studies: Biblical Studies, Spiritual Theology, Intercultural Studies and Marketplace Studies.

The MCS is right for you if:

  • You want more advanced-level training
  • You want to dig deeper into: Biblical Studies, Spiritual Theology, Intercultural Studies, or Marketplace Studies
  • You plan to remain in the marketplace but want to grow your understanding of the Christian faith

Duration
Two years (full-time) to six 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.

Admissions

  • 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 MCS, a student must have:

  • Satisfactorily completed all requirements (60 credits) for the programme by the end of April
  • 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

MCS (60 credits)
S$9,225* 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.

MCS Curriculum

REQUIRED COURSES

45 CREDITS

Biblical Studies

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

Theological Studies

Introduction to Christian Theology (TS101)

3 Credits

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

3 Credits

Christian Ethics (TS253)

1.5 Credits

Historical Studies

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

6 Credits

Christian Spirituality

Christian Spirituality I (CS101)

1.5 Credits

Christian Spirituality II (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 I (MM101A)

1.5 Credits

Vocation, Work and Ministry II (MM102B)

1.5 Credits

MM Elective (Can be fulfilled by two IMT Modules)

1.5 Credits

ELECTIVES**
From any subject area

15 CREDITS

TOTAL CREDITS

60 CREDITS

* Christian Spirituality I: Foundations for Everyday Life (CS101) must be taken before OR concurrently with Christian Spirituality II: Practices for Discernment and Discipleship (CS102)
** Students who may wish to upgrade their MCS to an MDiv are advised to use these electives towards your the chosen MDiv Core requirements.

Concentrations
MCS students may choose to “concentrate” (or specialize) in one of the following four concentrations: (1) Biblical Studies, (2) Spiritual Theology (one of the electives must be TS212), (3) Interdisciplinary Studies, or (4) Marketplace Studies.

To do so, students can either:
(a) complete 12 credits of electives from one concentration, or
(b) complete 6 credits of electives from one concentration and 6 credits through a guided study and Thesis/Project in the same concentration.

Those in option (b) must first complete the Guided Study (1.5-credit) to survey the research area, prepare for their Thesis Proposal, and assess their ability for Thesis/Project writing. Upon successful completion of the Guided Study, the student may embark on their Thesis/Project (4.5 credits).

Students who may wish to upgrade their MCS to an MDiv: Please note that the 6 credits (comprised of guided study and Thesis/Project) will be counted as elective credits.

OPTIONAL: THESIS OR PROJECT

6 Credits
(Drawn from elective credits)

THESIS TRACK

Guided Study

1.5 credits

MCS Thesis (TH395)

4.5 credits

OR

MINISTRY PROJECT TRACK

Guided Study

1.5 credits

MCS Ministry Research Project (TH393)*

4.5 credits

Transferable
Credits earned from this programme may be entirely transferable to the BGST MDiv. This permission is subject to the following condition: If an MCS thesis/research project (6 credits) has been completed, this and any guided study or seminar work done in preparation for the MCS thesis/research project will be counted as equivalent to 3 credits worth of electives under MDiv programme.

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