ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

Through Distance Education

1. Master of Biblical Studies (M.B.S.)

1.1  Goals of the Programme

a. To prepare the believers, who are having only a secular degree, to pursue higher theological education.

b. To train the student in the sound hermeneutical, and theological skills necessary for accurate interpretation and application of the Scriptures in preparation for effective Christian ministry.

c. To impart basic biblical and theological foundation to the believers who wish to be more effective in their involvement in the local churches.

d. To train the student in the methodology of research and in the written presentation of his research.

1.2  Requirements for Admission

a. Experience of conversion to Christ.

b. A secular degree in any field.

                             OR

   Mature candidates (25 years and above) without a secular degree can be admitted after passing an entrance examination in the following areas.

           i. Bible Knowledge

          ii. Christian Experience

         iii. Proficiency in English Language

1.3  Medium of Study

M.B.S. is offered only in English medium.

1.4  Duration of the Programme

The minimum duration of the course will be two years and maximum will be five years from registration.

1.5  Graduation Requirements

a. Successful completion of 60 credits of course  work. BBI follows the Credit system for its programmes. In distance education each credit amounts to 30 hours of study including all learning activities. Thus, a three-credit course involves 90 hours of study. This helps the student to understand the academic efforts one has to put in, in order to successfully complete a course.

b. An assessment of Field education involvement.

c. An assessment of character, spiritual development and ministry commitment.

d. Successful completion of an approved thesis of not less than 15,000 words.

1.6 Subjects Required for M.B.S. Programme

MBS-01                            O.T. Survey-3

MBS-02                            N.T. Survey-3                                 

MBS-03                            Bible Study Methods-3              

MBS-04                            Research Methodology-3         

MBS-05                            Hermeneutics-3

MBS-06                            Evangelism and Missions-3

MBS-07                            Church History-3

MBS-08                            Systematic Theology-6

MBS-09                            Homiletics-3

MBS-10                            Christian Ethics-3

MBS-11                            Thesis-3

8 more subjects from the following

MBS-12                   Pastoral Care and Counselling-3

MBS-13                   Christian Education-3

MBS-14                   Christian Leadership-3

MBS-15                   Principles of Church Growth-3

MBS-16                   Christian Discipleship-3

MBS-17                   Basic Spirituality-3

MBS-18                   Brethren Distinctives-3

MBS-19                   Biblical Archaeology-3

MBS-20                   Christian Apologetics-3
MBS-21                   False Cults-3 

MBS-22                   Manners & Customs of Bible Lands-3

MBS-23                   Major Religions-3

MBS-24                   Contemporary Indian movements-3

MBS-25                   Life of Christ-3

MBS-26                   Acts of the Apostles-3

MBS-27                   Life of Paul-3


2.  Master of Divinity (M.Div.)


2.1  Goals of the Programme

a. To help the student to apply a consistent, dispensational approach when interpreting the Scriptures and applying them to his own life and the lives of others.

b. To train the student to make appropriate use of available linguistic tools to secure most accurate understanding of scriptures possible.

c. To help the student to possess a store of biblical and theological facts as a foundation for  personal development, teaching and further study.

d. To train the student in the methodology of research and in the written presentation of his  research.

2.2  Admission Requirements

a. Experience of Conversion to Christ.

b. A Bachelor degree in Theology, or a secular  Bachelor degree with theological background.

2.3   Medium of Study

M.Div. is offered only in English medium.

2.4  Duration of the Programme

The minimum duration of the course will be two years for theological Bachelor degree holders and three years for non-theological Bachelor degree holders. Maximum duration will be six years from registration.

2.5  Graduation Requirements

a. Successful completion of 70 credits of course  work for theological graduates and 100 credits of course  work for non-theological Bachelor degree holders (secular graguates). BBI follows the Credit system for its programmes. Each credit amounts to 30 hours of study comprising all learning activities. Thus, a three-credit course involves 90 hours of study. This helps the student to understand the academic efforts one has to put in, in order to successfully complete a course.

b. An assessment of Field education involvement.

c. Successful completion of an approved thesis of not less than 20,000 words.

d. Successful completion of an oral/written comprehensive examination covering the course work and thesis.

e. An assessment of character, spiritual development and ministry commitment.

2.6  Subjects Required for M.Div. Programme

MD-01           O.T. Introduction-3                                        

MD-02           N.T. Introduction-3                      

MD-03           Preliminary Greek-3                                         

MD-04           Preliminary Hebrew-3   

MD-05           Biblical Hermeneutics-3

MD-06           Research Methodology-3

MD-07           O.T. Theology-3

MD-08           N.T. Theology-3

MD-09           Introduction to Systematic Theology-6

MD-10           Person and Work of Christ-3

MD-11           Christian Ethics-3

MD-12           Theology in the Asian Context with Special Emphasis on India-3

MD-13           Church History-3

MD-14           History of Christianity in Asia with Special Emphasis on India-3

MD-15           Survey of World Religions-3

MD-16           Modern Religious and Secular Movements-3

MD-17           Introduction to Missions and Evangelism-3

MD-18           Introduction to Communication: Theory and Practice-3

MD-19           Homiletics-3

MD-20           Pastoral Care and Counselling-3

MD-21           Thesis-4

MD-22           Oral/Written Comprehensive Examination-3

10 more subjects from the following

MD-23           Bible Study Methods-3            

MD-24           Christian Education-3

MD-25           Christian Leadership-3

MD-26           Principles of Church Growth-3

MD-27           Christian Discipleship-3

MD-28           Basic Spirituality-3

MD-29           Brethren Distinctives-3

MD-30           Biblical Archaeology-3

MD-31           Christian Apologetics-3                                    

MD-32           False Cults-3 

MD-33           Manners & Customs of Bible Lands-3

MD-34           Life of Christ-3

MD-35           Acts of the Apostles-3

MD-36           Life of Paul-3


3 Master of Theology (M.Th.)


3.1  Goals of  the Programme

a. To help the student to demonstrate a general knowledge of the Bible.

b. To train the student in the methodology of advanced research and in the written presentation of his work.

c. To help the student to do in-depth research using primary and secondary sources.

d. To develop the student’s ability to articulate and defend the uniqueness and inerrancy of the Word of God.

e. To train the student to demonstrate high communication skills necessary for an effective teaching ministry.

3.2  Admission Requirements

a. Experience of conversion to Christ.

b. B.D./M.B.S./M.Div./a Secular Master degree /a Secular professional degree--with B+ grade or a high second division.

c. A proficiency in an appropriate language for the field of study.

d. Ministry experience is required.

3.3   Medium of Study

M.Th. is offered only in English medium.

3.4  Duration of the Programme

The minimum duration of the course will be two years for those who join with B.D./M.Div. and  three years for those who join with M.B.S./a secular Master degree/Professional degree. Maximum duration will be six years from registration.

3.5  Graduation Requirements

a. Successful completion of 50 credits of course work for those who join with B.D./M.Div.

b. Successful completion of 80 credits of course work for those who join with M.B.S.

c. Successful completion of 100 credits of course work for those who join with a secular Master degree/Professional degree.

BBI follows the Credit system for its programmes. Each credit amounts to 30 hours of study comprising all learning activities. Thus, a five-credit course involves 150 hours of study. This helps the student to understand the academic efforts one has to put in, in order to successfully complete a course.

d. Successful completion of an approved thesis of not less than 30,000 words.

e. Successful completion of an oral and written Comprehensive examination covering the course  work  and  thesis.

3.6  Subjects Required for M.Th. Programme


3.6.1  M.Th.  in Systematic Theology


MST- 01                           Biblical Foundations-Part I-3         

MST- 02                           Biblical Foundations-Part II-3         

MST- 03                           Theological Foundations-3     

MST- 04                           Advanced Hermeneutics -3

MST- 05                           Readings in Theology-3

MST- 06                           Research Methodology and Theological Research-3

MST- 07                           Advanced Bibliology-3   

MST- 08                           Advanced  Apologetics-3        

MST- 09                           Eschatology-3

MST- 10                           Christology and Soteriology- 3

MST- 11                           Pneumatology and Spiritual Gifts-3

MST- 12                           Ecclesiology and Ecumenism-3

MST- 13                           Dispensationalism-3   

MST- 14                           Thesis-6

MST- 15                           Oral and Written Comprehensive Examination-5

ADDITIONAL SUBJECTS

MST- 16                           Historical Theology-3

MST- 17                           Contemporary Theology-3

MST- 18                           O.T. Theology-3

MST- 19                           N.T. Theology-3

MST- 20                           Dogmatic Theology-3

MST- 21                           Indian Christian Theology-3

MST- 22                           Biblical Theology of Missions-3

MST- 23                           Charismatic Movements-3

MST- 24                           Comparative Theology-3

MST- 25                           Biblical Archaeology-3

Additional Subjects for those who join with Secular Master degree/Professional degree

MST-26                            Christian Ethics-3

MST-27                            Evangelism and Missions-3

MST-28                            Bible Study Methods-3 

MST-29                            Church History-5

MST-30                            Pastoral Care and Counselling-3

MST-31                            Christian Education-3

MST-32                            Christian Leadership-3

MST-33                            Principles of Church Growth-3

MST-34                            Christian Discipleship-3

MST-35                            Basic Spirituality-3

MST-36                            Brethren Distinctives-3

MST-37                            False Cults-3 

MST-38                            Manners & Customs of Bible Lands-3

MST-39                            Major Religions-5

MST-40                            Contemporary Indian movements-3

MST-41                            Life of Christ-3

MST-42                            Acts of the Apostles-3

MST-43                            Life of Paul-3

3.6.2  M.Th.  in Old Testament

MOT-01                            Biblical Foundations-Part I-3         

MOT-02                            Biblical Foundations-Part II-3       

MOT-03                            Theological Foundations-3             

MOT-04                            Advanced Hermeneutics-3

MOT-05                            Readings in O.T. -3

MOT-06                            Research Methodology and O.T. Research-3

MOT-07                            Advanced Bibliology-3      

MOT-08                            Advanced  Apologetics-3                       

MOT-09                            O.T. Introduction-3

MOT-10                            O.T. History-3

MOT-11                            Exposition of Pentateuch-3

MOT-12                            O.T. Theology-3

MOT-13                            Dispensationalism-3

MOT-14                            Thesis-6

MOT-15                            Comprehensive Examination-5

ADDITIONAL SUBJECTS 

MOT-16                            History of Israel-3

MOT-17                            Exposition of O.T. Historical Books-3

MOT-18                            Exposition of O.T. Poetical Books-3

MOT-19                            Exposition of Major Prophets-3

MOT-20                            Exposition of Minor Prophets-3

MOT-21                            Critical Study on O.T. Higher Criticism -3

MOT-22                            Biblical Archaeology-3

MOT-23                            Inter-testamental Period-3

MOT-24                            Christ in the O.T.-3

MOT-25                            Typology-3

Additional Subjects for those who join with Secular Master degree/Professional degree

MOT-26                            Christian Ethics-3

MOT-27                            Evangelism and Missions-3

MOT-28                            Bible Study Methods-3 

MOT-29                            Church History-5

MOT-30                            Pastoral Care and Counselling-3

MOT-31                            Christian Education-3

MOT-32                            Christian Leadership-3

MOT-33                            Principles of Church Growth-3

MOT-34                            Christian Discipleship-3

MOT-35                            Basic Spirituality-3

MOT-36                            Brethren Distinctives-3

MOT-37                            False Cults-3 

MOT-38                            Manners & Customs of Bible Lands-3

MOT-39                            Major Religions-5

MOT-40                            Contemporary Indian movements-3

MOT-41                            Life of Christ-3

MOT-42                            Acts of the Apostles-3

MOT-43                            Life of Paul-3

3.6.3   M.Th.  in New Testament

MNT-01                            Biblical Foundations- Part I-3

MNT-02                            Biblical Foundations- Part II-3     

MNT-03                            Theological Foundations-3             

MNT-04                            Advanced Hermeneutics-3

MNT-05                            Readings in N.T.-3

MNT-06                            Research Methodology and N.T. Research-3

MNT-07                            Advanced Bibliology-3     

MNT-08                            Advanced  Apologetics-3    

MNT-09                            N.T. Introduction-3

MNT-10                            N.T. History-3

MNT-11                            N.T. Theology-3

MNT-12                            Exposition of Pauline Epistles-3

MNT-13                            Dispensationalism-3

MNT-14                            Thesis-6

MNT-15                            Comprehensive Examination-5

ADDITIONAL SUBJECTS

MNT-16                            Life and Ministry of Paul -3

MNT-17                            Early Church History-3

MNT-18                            Exposition of Synoptic Gospel and Acts-3

MNT-19                            Exposition of Johannine Writings-3

MNT-20                            Exposition of General Epistles and Revelation-3

MNT-21                            Critical Study on N.T. Higher Criticism-3

MNT-22                            Textual Criticism of the N.T.-3

MNT-23                            Biblical Archaeology-3

MNT-24                            Inter-testamental Period-3

MNT-25                            Life of Christ-3

Additional Subjects for those who join with Secular Master degree/Professional degree

MNT-26                            Christian Ethics-3

MNT-27                            Evangelism and Missions-3

MNT-28                            Bible Study Methods-3 

MNT-29                            Church History-5

MNT-30                            Pastoral Care and Counselling-3

MNT-31                            Christian Education-3

MNT-32                            Christian Leadership-3

MNT-33                            Principles of Church Growth-3

MNT-34                            Christian Discipleship-3

MNT-35                            Basic Spirituality-3

MNT-36                            Brethren Distinctives-3

MNT-37                            False Cults-3 

MNT-38                            Manners & Customs of Bible Lands-3

MNT-39                            Major Religions-5

MNT-40                            Contemporary Indian movements-3

MNT-41                            Typology-3

 

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