The academic programs of International Theological Seminary are designed to equip men and women mainly from Third World countries, who are committed to the Lord and his Church, and who are eager to learn. The seminary uses a quarter system in which there are three main quarters in one academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring). To encourage international students to complete their programs sooner than the normal study period and return to their home countries, elective courses are offered during the summer (in June and July) and winter (December).
Bible Knowledge Test
Passing the Bible Knowledge Test is required to all students at ITS before completion of their programs. The purpose of the test is to measure students' comprehensive knowledge of the Bible, by giving one hundred and fifty unmarked verses from the Old and New Testaments and asking them to write the name of the book and chapter in which a given verse is found. Although the test is a requirement for graduation, all new students are encouraged to pass it as early as possible during their study at ITS. The Bible Knowledge Test is administered twice during each academic year, thus students are encouraged to take the test in their second year. If the examination is failed two times, a student whose last score was in the proximity of passing may request the Academic Dean to give him/her another attempt.
Future Ministry Plan
The "Future Ministry Plan (FMP)" is a tool for assessing students' ability and skills in integrating theological education and previous ministerial experiences into future ministry. It is required for M.Div. and M.A. students. It is designed to guide the students to set goals and develop action plans to prepare for their future ministry. A monthly "Peer-student Evaluation" under the supervision of the resident faculty is conducted
Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity program is designed primarily for persons wishing to prepare themselves for the ordained ministry. This program seeks to integrate a classical Reformed theological curriculum with ministry skills. The curriculum of the M. Div. program aims at competency in biblical languages, biblical exegesis, and historical and theological perspective.
The program requires the successful completion of 144 units (129 required and 15 elective units), which is normally completed in three academic years if followed on a full-time basis.
A student seeking admission to the M. Div. program should do so in obedient response to God's call to ministry through His Word and Spirit. Christ gives gifts to His Church, and the New Testament teaches that all believers are so endowed (1 Peter 4:10). Nevertheless, among believers there are found some with gifts which single them out for ordination as ministers of the Word. An applicant's call, therefore, must include a personal inner conviction created in the heart, mind, and conscience by God's Spirit, and also a communal endorsement through a body of believers
In order to evaluate the personal qualifications of each applicant, the seminary requires:
In order to apply to the M. Div. program, applicants must have earned a regular bachelor's degree (B.A.) or its equivalent from an accredited institution. Applicants who have graduated from an unaccredited college will be considered on an individual basis.
The Doctor of Ministry Program
As in most traditional seminaries, the Doctor of Ministry of ITS is the highest professional degree designed for those who are in full-time pastoral ministry. It is the highest professional degree in the sense that the purpose of the D. Min. program is to provide ministry skills for a pastor to achieve a higher level of competence in ministry than that achieved in the M. Div. program. ITS seeks to achieve the following goals though offering a variety D. Min. courses:
The key requirements for admission are:
Applicants who have a M.A degree, instead of a M. Div., are eligible to apply for admission, but, if admitted, they will be required to complete the M. Div. Equivalent program of ITS (48 units) before taking D. Min. courses. (See M.Div. equivalent checklist.)
Due to the fact that some of ITS D. Min. students are full-time students from Third World countries, D. Min. courses are offered in two modes: regular courses in the quarter system and modular courses in one or two weeks to accommodate active pastors in ministry. For full-time D. Min. students, the program is designed in the following way:
The D. Min. modular courses include the following three components:
Procedure for the D. Min. Dissertation
The dissertation is the culmination and the last requirement for completion of the D. Min. program. Although students are allowed to write on diverse topics, they are strongly advised to develop a project, apply it in his/her own ministry, and evaluate the outcomes of the application. The following are the steps to be taken from the beginning to the completion of a dissertation:
Graduation Requirements for Doctor of Ministry
Candidates for the Doctor of Ministry degree will have met the following requirements for graduation:
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