United College of Theology & Missions

1.2 Master of Divinity

The Master Level Courses are for the Master of Divinity program and the courses are as follows:


Branch I Department of General Studies

            MG 101.3 Discipleship and Spiritual life Development

This course is designed to help the students learn about the significance of discipleship in Christian life. It also emphasizes the necessity of spiritual development with a view to helping the students grow in Christian maturity and service.

            MG 102.3 Research Methods

This course is designed to help the students learn basic study methods to be able to improve the skills of reading, writing and learning processes, and assists the student to learn how to make secondary research and report the findings. This course will enable the students to be familiar with the style and format of academic writing and reporting.

            BG 103.3 Music

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of music, incorporation of music notation for rhythm, pitch, and simple chord construction.


Branch II Department of Biblical Studies Old Testament

            MO 201.3 Introduction to the Old Testament

This course is designed to introduce Old Testament with a view of helping students know the  background  and  formation  of  the  Old  Testament  which includes the classification and content of each book of the Old Testament that include Authorship, date, main themes and purpose.

            MO 202.3. Hermeneutics – An Introduction

This is an advanced study of the principles and processes of biblical interpretation with emphasis placed on the principles of general and special hermeneutics as well as on the basic exegetical methods and tools.

            MO 203.3. Preliminary Hebrew

This study is an introduction to Biblical Hebrew that consists of the elements of vocabulary, morphology and grammar. A workable knowledge of the language is developed that is sufficient to begin exegetical work in the Old Testament studies.

            MO 204. 3. History of Israel

This course is designed to acquaint the students with broad understanding of the History of Israel from its origin to the fall of the Second temple- The dispersion and re-gathering and the faith of Israel awaiting the coming of the messiah.

            MO 205. 3. Poetical and Wisdom Literature

This course is designed to acquaint the students with the general understanding of Hebrew poetry, their value for worship today and to apply the relevance of Hebrew wisdom literature for our times.

            MO 206. 3. Pentateuch

This study provides a general understanding of the content; message and the formation of the first five books to enable the students understand the authorship and criticism in the study of the Pentateuch.


Branch III Department of New Testament

            MN 301. 3. Introduction of the New Testament

This course is designed to introduce New Testament with a view to helping students to know the background and formation of the New Testament which includes the classification and content of each book of the New Testament.

            MN 302.3. Preliminary Greek

This study is an introduction to Biblical Greek dealing with the elements       of vocabulary, morphology and grammar. A workable knowledge of the language is developed that is sufficient to begin exegetical work in the New Testament studies.

            MN 303.3. Synoptic Gospels

A comparative study of the synoptic gospels designed to acquaint the students with a comprehensive view of the life of Christ. Particular attention is   given   to a key understanding of theological issues in the synoptic gospels for practical application in the life and ministry of the church.

            MN 304.3. Gospel According to John

This is a study of the gospel of John with special emphasis on the divinity of Jesus Christ.

            MN 305.3. Missiological Issues in Acts and Pauline Epistles

This course introduces the understanding of the church that was established in first century. It is also a study of the Missiological issues found in the Book of Acts and the Pauline Epistles and the principles of dealing with those issues for today’s context.

            MN 306.3. Pauline Epistles – A General Study

A general study of the Pauline epistles with particular reference to the theological, cultural, social, religious and pastoral issues with a view to developing missionary models and ethical norms for the pastoral ministry in today’s context.

            MN 307.3. First Corinthians

This course is a detailed study of Corinthians with emphasis given on the nature of the problems in the church, solution and its relevance to the present day church.

            MN 308.3. General Epistles- A General Study

A study of the General Epistles that includes the authorship, date, purpose, occasion and general background of each of the epistles. This study also deals with the general characteristics and the problems of the church reflected in them and their solutions.

            MN 309.3 The Book of Revelation

This exposition of the Book of Revelation that demonstrates that Revelation does not merely tell the events of the end times. Rather it tells there events in such a day as to help the rather live a godly life and be an overcomer.


Branch IV Department of Theology

            MT 401. 3. Systematic Theology I

This course deals with major doctrines like the revelation of God, the Scripture and the Triune God along with the introduction of doctrines. This course is an advanced study of the various doctrines of the Bible with a view, for the students, to grow deeper in Christian faith and commitment.

            MT 402.3 Systematic Theology II

This course deals with major doctrines like the origin of man and sin, salvation, the church, eschatology, and the doctrine of Satan and Angels. This course is an advanced study of the various doctrines of the Bible with a view for the students to grow deeper in Christian faith and commitment

            MT 403.3. Christian Apologetics

This course is an approach to develop an apologetic base for Christian faith by studying how people of faith in God recorded in the Bible defended their belief. This course also expounds how Christians have defended the faith throughout the history of the Christianity. The course will make the learner learn the principles of proper apologetics and develop skills to use the Bible in apologetics.

            MT 404.3 Person and Work of Jesus Christ

The course introduces the students to doctrinal development on the person and the works of Christ in the light of the socio-political and religio-philosophical issues of the time. It covers the New Testament presentation of the person and the work of Christ. The course also covers the major Christological teaching of the early church.

            MT 405.3 Pauline Theology

Pauline theology is so designed for the students to comprehend a supernatural power that brought change and difference to a person resulting in a new worldview of himself, God, and his vision. A major focus is given on identification of outstanding and pertaining thoughts of Paul that have relevant impact and application for churches today.

            MT 406. 3. Asian Christian Theology with Special Emphasis on India

This course is designed to help the students understand the different Asian context and help them formulate their own theological stance and relevance.

            MT 407. 3. Contemporary Theology

This course is an examination of contemporary views and trends in the theological world and an attempt to evaluate those themes in the light of Biblical theology of church and mission.

            MT 408.3. Biblical Theology

This course is an overview of the covenantal structure of the whole of Biblical revelation. The connection between the Old and New Testaments will be studied with a goal of giving an account of the elements of continuity and discontinuity. Emphasis is given on the Bible as a unified story of God’s purposes for the people of the world as they reach their fulfillment in Christ

           409.3. Christian Ethics

This course is an introduction to Christian Ethics with attention given to history of Christian ethics, methodology, Biblical foundations, types of Christian thought, and Christian responsibility in relation to the personal and current social issues.


Branch V Department of History of Christianity

            MH 501. 3. History of Mission—World

This course covers overall view of the history of the Christianity from a missiological perspective. It is to help students learn lessons from the past of how God’s people in trying to fulfill God’s Great Commission have failed and succeeded in their endeavor.

            MH 502.3. History of Mission—India

This study covers the History of Christianity in India from the first century to the present day within the scope of missiological implication and lessons for today.

            MH 503.3. History of Mission in North East India

This course is designed to help the students to learn how Christian missions came to North East India. The coming of the Christian missions to the mainland India beginning from the 1st century AD did not touch these regions up until the beginning of the 18th century. Thus Indian church/mission history gives no place or very little information on the missionary activities in North east in their treatment even today.


Branch VI Department of Mission

            MM 601. 3. Cultural Anthropology

This course examines the theories and methods anthropology uses in studying human societies and cultures, and applies these insights in the planting of churches and developing contextualized expressions of Christianity. It deals with the intercultural nature of Christian missions and its effect on the messenger and the message. Particular attention is given to the study of tribal, peasant and urban societies, and to evangelistic methods and theological issues related to each of these.

            MM 602. 3. Cross Cultural Communication

This course is to help the students learn the definition of culture, form and meaning and the basic approaches and principles for effective cross cultural communication.

            MM 603. 3. Strategies of Church Planting

This course is to acquaint the students with the Biblical principles and practices of church planting and growth based on the Bible. Key attention is given to historical models and cultural issues involved in church planting and growth.

            MM 604. 3. Urban Mission

This course is an introduction to theories and practices of urban ministries. It is designed to enable the students identify, understand and appreciate the enormous urban challenges for the ministry. Key biblical and theological reflections on the city are undertaken with a view to assisting the students to grasp the importance of doing effective ministry in urban context.

            MM 605. 3. Theology of Mission

This course is designed to equip the students with the concepts, origin of mission, motives, message, methods, strategy and purpose and goals of the Christian world missions primarily based on the Bible and modern development.

            MM 606.3. Contemporary Issues in Mission

This course outlines the various issues in mission with a view to acquainting the students with various emerging issues confronting Christian mission today and to effectively deal with them from the Biblical perspective.

            MM 607.3 Mission And Evangelism

This course deals with the entire development of Christian mission and evangelism relate to South Asian context. Priorities were set to understand biblical foundations of mission and evangelism drawn Bible. It will discuss few related historical phenomena of the Christian mission in India, draw out theological and missiological concerns, motifs, implications for discussion and conclude with a discussion on the practice of evangelism.

            MM 608. 2. Holistic Mission

This course is the study of mission from a holistic perspective. It examines various models of missions with a view to constructing a holistic concept of mission based on the Bible. Particular attention is given to the study of contextualization to develop relevant and meaningful expression of Christianity to a given situation and context.

            MH 609.3. Missionary Biographies – Selected

This is a study of the lives of great men and women in the history of missions to motivate the students to take up such challenges and make commitment in life for missions.


Branch VII Department of Christian Ministry

            MCM 701.3. Church Ministry Part I

A study of the foundation of Church ministry with emphasis given to Biblical foundation of ministry, the role of preaching and worship in Church ministry, church organization and administration. The various levels of leadership in the church will be considered.

            MCM 702.3. Church Ministry Part II

This study is designed to draw out the importance of Church ministry with an emphasis to Christian education. The historical development of Christian education, agencies of Christian education, developmental needs, learning processes, methods and aids in teaching and the church role in Christian education will be emphasized. It is also designed to enable the learners to recognize their privileges and responsibilities as believers.

            MCM 703.3. Pastoral Care and Counseling

This course is a study of the theological foundations of pastoral care and counseling, theories and methods, principles and skills of counseling, and dealing with the various practical situations.

            MCM 704.3. Mission and Church Management

The emphases of this course are on the nature, function and organizational structures of the church including the business and financial affairs of the church. It is designed to help the students understand the principles and procedures involved in mission and church management.

            MCM 705.3. Homiletics

This course deals with the skills, art and theory of preaching. It is designed   to equip the students to effectively present the Word of God primarily to the congregation for positive response.

            MCM 706.3. Introduction to Communication

This course deals with Christian Communication and its skills. It emphasizes the role of communication in the ministry and mission of the churches as well as the theological formation of the students. This course also aims at bringing out the various aspects of Christian Communication challenging the communication technology and media studies.

            MCM 707.3. Women in Ministry

This course is designed to acquaint students concerning gender issues today. definitions and construction of women from historical perspective will be examined. This study will also address sexuality, gender issues and media, equality and responsibility within relationships, families, church and society. Particular emphasis will be on the equal participation of both women and men in all the ministries of the gospel.


Branch VIII Department of Religion and Philosophy

            MR 801.3. Major World Religions

It is a general introduction to the study of the religions with a view to enabling the students to understand the origin, the main teachings and the scope of each religion in world and to be able to compare with the claims of Christianity.

            MR 802.3. Modern Religious and Secular Movements in India

This course is a general introduction in the study of modern religious and secular movements in India to acquaint the students with the major religious and socio political developments in the sub-continent during the 19th and 20th centuries. The study includes a critical evaluation of these movements so that the students will understand the positive and negative impact and the church’s witness in contemporary secular India.

            MR 803.3. Cults and Occults

This course will study the major cults and occults and seek to develop a critical understanding which will enable the students to effectively deal with its beliefs and practices by the standard of the Bible.

            MR 804.3. Survey of Indian Philosophy

This course introduces to students the philosophy as a discipline, focusing primarily on the philosophical systems of India.