Master of Theology (M Th)

M Th in Practical Theology Specializing in Holistic Child Development (M Th –HCD)

This post graduate programme in Holistic Child Development is designed to serve the escalating needs in this vital dimension of mission in the church and the society. Specific emphases are on child developmental theories and the biblical and theological foundations of holistic development to enable researchers to review the existing opinions and approaches in practical ministry. This is vital to Practical Theology. The course intends to provide opportunities for empirical research in relevant dimensions so that newer strategies may be developed to assist the Christian theology and mission in South Asia.

Pre-requisites for Admission:

•Minimum second class in M Div/BD from an accredited theological seminary

•Genuine interest in exploring knowledge and skills in Practical Theology and Human Developmental Psychology

•A commitment to the vision of the holistic development of persons

Duration: Two-year program divided into four semesters; each semester consists of 16 weeks. Total credit required for 2 years is 50 spread out in 4 semesters.

Course Type: Residential Course with 8 full-months taught modules; supervised practical ministry experience, field research and thesis in 25,000-30,000 words. Medium of instruction is English

Course Design: Total required credits for M Th in HCD is 50. Each module will have the components of Academic formation (60%), Personal formation (20%) and Ministerial formation (20%).


Semester 1: Three core subjects 3x4=12 credits

Semester 2: Four Core subjects 4x4=16 credits

Summer Field Exposure:(4 credits). At the end of the second semester, researchers take on a field work with children in a specific context of their interest. Field reports with verbatim records of not less than 2500 words and theological and sociological reflections are to be produced. Field visits can be to a nearby Children Home/organization/NGO for a month (minimum 60-70 hours) the 4 semesters of residential study. Report has to have discussions on interactions with the children, and the staff in the respective contexts. 


Semester 3: Two optional subjects 2x3=6

Semester 4: Thesis 12 Credits

Thesis Writing:

Student must submit his/her hard-bound theses at the end of the second year. Mentors with Ph D/ D Th/ Th D in a related field of study will be assigned to each researcher. Thesis (the research report) has to be written in about 25,000-30,000 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography)

Teaching Methods:

Teaching methods consist of class room lectures, paper presentations with intense discussions, audio-visual classes, on-spot study (OSS) & Response Papers, Case Studies, Design & Presentation of Projects in Practical Theology, written assignments and examinations.   


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At a glance

  • Born in 1975
  • A Project of NIEA
  • Founded by Dr. Abraham Philip
  • Dr. Alex Philip serves as the Director, NIEA
  • Dr. Jaison Thomas serves as the Principal, NIBS
  • Accredited by ATA
  • Offers Dip.Th, B.Th, M.Div and M.Th

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