MASTER OF DIVINITY(M.Div)

The Master of Divinity (M.Div) program is designed primarily to provide skills and knowledge necessary for church leadership and the teaching ministry.  It broadens and deepens students’ theological understanding and equips them to function as teachers at an undergraduate (BTh) level.  This program will enhance students’ leadership and critical thinking skills and establishes a firm platform for a MTh and further theological studies

Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of a Bachelor degree from a recognised college or university.
  • Applicants whose bachelors degree is other than BTh, must complete all deficiency requirements assigned by the academic committee of LBCS or CGS.
  • Applicants whose native language is other than English must have passed TOEFL/IELTS examinations.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 20 subjects
  • Successful completion of a 15,000 word thesis
  • Recommendation and evaluation report on character, spiritual development and ministry experience by the sending organisation.

MA IN ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

The Master of Arts in organisational leadership degree is designed to provide an educational experience which results in a qualitative change in the leader’s life, relationships and leadership practices.  It focuses on the specific needs and issues facing Christian leaders of organisations serving developing countries.  Some of the needs addressed by the MA program are: servant leadership, wise stewardship of financial and human resources, financial management and planning from a biblical perspective, assessing cultural and economic realities of the region the organisation serves, and strategic management in a world that is in constant change.

Entry Requirements

  • A bachelors degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A record of good academic performance (an undergraduate Grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale) which demonstrates proficiency to complete a master’s level program.  Students with a 2.0 to 2.49 GPA may be considered for admission on a provisional basis.
  • Letters of recommendation from pastors or academic advisor of previous study programs will strengthen an individual’s candidacy.
  • Proficient level of literacy in selected computer applications – Word, Excel, email and the internet is recommended.  This will also include appropriate levels of preparedness and commitment to on-line learning based on standards in the MA program.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of six cohorts
  • Successful completion of research project
  • Recommendation and evaluation report on character, spiritual development and integrity and effectiveness of Christian leadership by the sending organisation, pastor or leader.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MISSION AND MINISTRY(B.A.mm)

The purpose of the program is to provide skills and knowledge to pastors and Christian leaders who have been involved in ministry at leadership level for over five years without any formal theological training. This program will provide practical knowledge and skills in Sinhalese and Tamil medium to pastors who seek to enhance their ministry skills. Further more students will be provided a conceptualized training with skills and knowledge in order to develop local churches in Sri Lanka.

Entry requirements

  • Ministry experience in Christian leadership over five years.
  • Candidate’s descriptive essay on ministry and vocational experience, including positions held and dates of service (350 to 500 words maximum).
  • Two references from a leading lay person presently serving in a church and from a senior Christian leader in the same context.
  • Obtaining 50% in the assessment test.  Depending on the assessment and demonstration of prior learning up to 30 credit hours could be awarded.  If not one would need to follow the recommended courses.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 130 credit hours
  • Since the Diploma in Theology is an academic program, B.A in Mission and Ministry will be considered as a pragmatic program.  Hence all Diploma in Theology holders need to complete the core 15 courses (31 credits) in order to meet graduation requirements.
  • 10,000 word research paper

BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY(B.Th)

The Bachelor of Theology program designed to equip and enables church leaders, Christian teachers, pastors with sound doctrines. This program will deepen and broaden students' biblical understanding in order to serve better in their fields. 

Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of 12 years of schooling, or
  • Successful completion of the Diploma in Theology program
  • Obtain the necessary pass marks (60%) from the English for Theological Education test

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 120 credit hours
  • Successful completion of a 10,000 word thesis
  • Recommendation and evaluation report on character, spiritual development and ministry by the sending organization or pastor.

BA IN HOLISTIC CHILD DEVELOPMENT

The BA in Holistic Child Development course is designed to further equip and train those who have successfully completed the Diploma of Holistic Child Development or those having equivalent accredited competencies.

Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of Diploma in HCD or equivalent accredited child related courses.
  • Completed application with pastor’s recommendation.

Graduation Requirement

  • Successful completion of 15 courses
  • Successful completion of a 10,000 word thesis on child-related topic.
  • Recommendation and evaluation report on character, spiritual development and ministry by the sending pastor.

DIPLOMA IN THEOLOGY(Dip.Th)

This program is intended to provide Bible knowledge, ministry skills and spiritual formation for those who have been in ministry. Besides it serves as a foundation for Bachelor level Studies.

Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of 10 years of schooling.  Mature students with ministry experience and prior learning may be considered.
  • Completed application with pastor’s recommendation
  • Obtaining 50% in the admission test

Graduation requirements 

  • Successful completion of 90 credit hours
  • Minimum two years of field ministry experience
  • 5000 words research paper
  • Recommendation and evaluation report on character, spiritual development and ministry by the sending pastor.

DIPLOMA IN HOLISTIC CHILD DEVELOPMENT

The Diploma in Holistic child Development program is especially designed to equip and train for child related ministries/vocations and occupations for those who are working with children and those who wish to work with and around children in the future. The entire course consists of 20 subjects in whole, and this is for a total period of 2 years. 

Entry Requirement

  • Successful completion of O/L (11 years of schooling).  Mature students with recognition of prior learning may be considered.
  • Completed application with pastor’s recommendation
  • Obtaining 50% in the admission test

Graduation Requirement

  • Successful completion of 20 courses towards Diploma in HCD
  • 5,000 word research paper relevant to the student’s child-related work.
  • Recommendation and evaluation report on character, spiritual development and child-related ministry by the sending pastor or leader.