Academic Programs

Our mission is to provide a distinctive, accessible, residential theological education program, a program that will produce men and women, who can and will, teach by their words and demonstrate by their lives, the truths and lifestyle of the Christian faith, and so lead others into the same. Towards this end, NIITS offers the following academic programs:


Bachelor of Theology (English) and Bachelor of Theology (Hindi)

Purpose and Nature

Programs granting the Bachelor’s degree are designed primarily to qualify graduates to function as principal leaders or ministers.

Entrance Qualifications

  1. Successful completion of 10+2 years of schooling or its equivalent. NIITS accepts candidates who have completed their schooling from regular schools only and not through open school, correspondence or extension, except in special circumstances.
  2. In special cases, older mature candidates who may not have completed the 12 years of schooling may be admitted upon successful completion of the Diploma program and/or fulfilling a qualifying assessment.
  3. Credits from non-accredited institutions are to be accepted only on the basis of validation or a period of probationary study.
  4. The ATA accredited two-year Diploma in Theology is an equivalent of the HSC/+2. Applicants who have completed successfully a two-year program that has an entrance requirement of successful completion of 10 years of schooling, but is not ATA-accredited, must appear for and successfully pass a qualifying examination consisting of three papers set at the final year DipTh in Biblical Studies, Theology, and Christian Ministry.  Unless this is done they are not qualified for entry into an ATA-accredited BTh degree program.  However, no such applicant can be granted any advance credit towards the BTh degree.

Mature candidates who do not meet the required entrance qualification but are at least 30 years of age, may be admitted into the program on the basis of a qualifying exam set at the 12th standard level (at least three subjects).  There ought not to be more than 10% of mature candidates in any given class/batch.

Admission Procedure

Any applicant for admission should normally be recommended for this program by their local church pastor. The pastor should have known the student for at least two years.

Annual Cost

It costs NIITS Rs.1,04,000.00 per year to train one student. The highly subsidized annual fee for a residential student is 50% of the annual cost or Rs. 52,000.00, and for a day scholar it is Rs.38,000.00 for the BTh program.

The college raises funds through student sponsorships and grants to help subsidize student fees and support the program.  A further limited scholarship is available to extremely needy students but a minimum of Rs.26,000 (BTh) has to be paid by each student regardless of circumstances.

Areas of Study

  • Bible & Exegesis
  • Church History
  • Theology and Ethics
  • Practical Theology: Ministry related courses, Pastoral, Christian Education, etc.
  • Evangelism, Missions, Cross-cultural studies, church planting
  • Religions, Culture and/or Biblical Language

Course Structure

NIITS follows monthly module system and more details are provided in the calendar of events.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Successful completion of 128 course credit hours.
  2. An assessment of required field education involvement.
  3. An assessment of character, spiritual development, and ministry commitment.
  4. Payment of all dues including the graduation fee.
  5. A settlement with and clearance of all departments of NIITS, including the library.

Master of Divinity (MDiv in English Medium Only)

Purpose and Nature

Programs granting the Master of Divinity degree are designed primarily to qualify the graduate to function as principal leaders or ministers. As a graduate level program it requires the student to develop and demonstrate critical thinking and dialogic skills including the ability to identify and critique theological and moral discourse, the ability to frame cogent arguments, the ability to test ideas for biblical fidelity and contextual appropriateness and the ability to communicate ideas effectively in oral or written dialogue.

Entrance Qualifications

  1. Successful completion of a Bachelor degree.
  2. In special cases, older mature candidates (25 and above) who may not have completed the schooling may be admitted upon successful completion of the qualifying assessment. (Not more than 10% of the class should comprise of this category of students.)

Admission Procedure

Any applicant for admission should normally be recommended for this program by their local church pastor. The pastor should have known the student for at least two years.

Entry Requirements

Candidates for admission should have:

  1. Successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree.
  2. Completed 22 years of age on or before July 15 of the year of admission.
  3. A satisfactory proficiency in the medium of instruction.
  4. A convincing Christian experience of salvation.
  5. A clear commitment to Christian discipleship and service
  6. Desire and readiness to be prepared for Christian ministry

In special cases, older mature candidates (25 and above) who may not have completed the schooling may be admitted upon successful completion of the qualifying assessment. (Not more than 10% of the class should comprise of this category of students.)

Candidates should submit the following forms:

  1. Completed Application
  2. Application Processing Fee
  3. Pastor’s Reference
  4. Two (2) General References
  5. Written Personal Testimony of faith in Jesus Christ (500 words, guidelines included)
  6. Class 10 & 12 Educational Certificates (attested copies)
  7. Bachelor’s Degree Educational Certificates (attested copies)
  8. Medical Certificate (General Report)
  9. Baptismal Certificate (attested copies)
  10. Sponsorship and financial support information

Annual Cost

For the MDiv program, it costs NIITS Rs.1,28,000 per year to train one student.  The highly subsidized annual fee for a residential student is Rs. 64,000.00 and Rs. 50,000.00 for a day scholar.

The college raises funds through student sponsorships and grants to help subsidize student fees and support the program.  A further limited scholarship is available to extremely needy students but a minimum of Rs. 32,000 (MDiv) has to be paid by each student regardless of circumstances.

Areas of Study

  • Bible, Exegesis, and Languages
  • Church History
  • Theology/Ethics
  • Practical Theology: Ministry related courses, Pastoralia,
  • Missions,
  • Christian Education
  • Religions, Culture
  • A required thesis or field project is recommended

Course Structure

NIITS follows monthly module system and more details are provided in the calendar of events.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Successful completion of 60 credit units for theological Bachelor degree holders with a GPA of B or above.
  2. Successful completion of 90 credit units for non-theological Bachelor degree holders.
  3. An assessment of ministry involvement that meets set requirements.
  4. An assessment of character and spiritual development that meets set requirements/standards.

Interview

A personal interview with the admission committee is a must and there are no exceptions.

Last Date

The deadline, for receiving applications is May 31 each year, after which a late fee (Rs.100) is payable.  Currently, we can take only 20 students in each batch of BTh+MDiv.

Academic Year (July to June)

A modular system is followed at NIITS with eight modules in each academic year.  The classes for each academic year begin in the last week of July.  All approved and selected students are expected to arrive at NIITS  no later than Sunday, the day before classes start on Monday, graduation is usually the last Saturday of April each year.