Who is the MA in Christian Studies programme for:

OCRPL offers this programme in partnership with NECU. This programme is designed for Christian students who want to receive a degree from an internationally recognised university while remaining in their ministry setting. This programme is designed for existing leaders and aspiring leaders within the Church with no formal theological training or with theological education who would like to upgrade/pursue to a higher level.

Typically, our learners will be:

Full-time church leaders and those who are involved in missional activities who are unable to train in a residential set-up. Lay leaders and elders who cannot afford traditional theological training, both in terms of finance and time. Committed and able Christian leaders who would like to enhance their understanding and make use of their God-given talents for his/her personal knowledge as well as to make use of his/her potential for the glory of God.
The programme is also designed for those Christian students who want to receive a degree from an internationally recognised university while remaining in their ministry setting.
The degree is recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and registered under the Nagaland Government Act 2012 (Act No.4 of 2013), North East Christian University, Nagaland, India.

Qualification required:

A bachelor’s degree in any discipline (Degree in Theology suggested but not required).

  • A university bachelor’s degree/university graduate, second class (minimum 50%; B average) or equivalent will be required.
  • BTh degree or above with a Theological Studies background; at least second class (minimum 50%; B average) or equivalent, awarded by a recognised Universities in India and abroad.
  • An applicant whose degree is not included above may apply but would be approved through Academic Committee for equivalence granted by the NECU-OCRPL through the “Recognising through Prior Learning” entry method on a case by case basis.

About the MA in Christian Studies Programme

The blended-learning MA in the Christian Studies programme is a combination of online conferences/meetings and learning through uploaded lessons/content available in the Learning Management System (LMS). In this, a large part of the studies will be self-paced learning. There will be expert Tutors/Faculty in each subject who will assist and guide the students once a week or whenever required.

Each subject (course) is divided into two sections. In the first section/Part-I, the students will learn through uploaded lessons/content in the Learning Management System (LMS). Part -1 will be a ten-week course, which means it includes reading, completing learning activities, submitting assignments and engaging in the discussion forum during the weekly tutorial (based on the lessons you are required to learn).

Second section/part-II comprises of Seven weeks. This includes reading(s) in each day’s lesson, followed by discussion/interaction with the Tutor once every week. There will also be a book/article review, essay writing/assignments, discussion questions and paper presentations based on the subject, all completed through the Learning Management System. Students will choose the relevant topics for their assignment. All the assignments should be practical, and should relate to one’s own socio-cultural and religious context.

The MA Programme comprises five clusters with various components of learning and assessments that correspond with differential weightages. The total number of credits will be 80 and each student is expected to cover 40 credits each year. Our programme is structured around five key clusters which are essential in ministerial training:

  • Bible, Culture and Context (MBCC)
  • Christian History and Missions for Multiplying (MCHMM)
  • Christian Theology and Ethics (MCTE)
  • Religions, Ideologies and Persecution (MRIP)
  • Christian Ministry and Management (MCMM)

Methodology.

  • Self-learning through structured learning in the LMS in the form of discussion questions, reflection answers and weekly tests or assignments, complemented with weekly group tutorials under a qualified tutor.

Writings:

  • Weekly assessments and monitored progress within a tutorial group through face-to-face sessions.
  • There will be Essays/assignments of approx. 2,500 words per subject per semester.
  • Some courses will also include Paper Presentations and Practicums as a course requirement.

Thesis Writing:  

Completing a Thesis is a requirement for each student (6 credits). Thesis writing starts in the second year from the first semester onwards. Each of the students will select a topic related to his/her area of interest. For instance, students who are under the Christian ministry cluster will select the topic from the Christian ministry branch of studies. A Multi-disciplinary approach will also be encouraged.

The word limit for the thesis will be 20,000–25,000 words. Research skills will be taught in the first year, so that the student will become acquainted with the writing and research knowledge required.

A research guide/subject expert will supervise each student.

OCRPL Partnership with NECU

OCRPL runs the programme in partnership with North East Christian University in India.

The North East Christian University is an ambitious project (Ministry) of the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India (CBCNEI). The vision of the university is to provide high quality education to diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students. The university also aspires to contribute to the society through teaching and research to help achieve global sustainability and to provide greater access for higher education to all and in particular to the socially and educationally unprivileged youth upholding the principle of social equity.

Estimated Cost:

The estimated fees for the 2022-2023 year are as follows:

  • Course Fee per semester: INR 20,000.
  • Total Semester four: INR 20,000 x4 =INR 80,000.
  • The fees include Admission NECU Fee and Examination Fee.
  • Additional fees may incur for Graduation, registration fee and Residential sessions if required.

There may be a possibility of providing a partial scholarship (up to 50%) but only to selected candidates. Please see the scholarship application here: (link)