Center for Online Theological Studies (COTS, Kottayam, Kerala,India

Master of Divnity

The Master of Divinity is a specialized degree that enables working professionals and Christian ministers to acquire comprehensive knowledge of God’s Word which would facilitate them to involve in a desired ministry.

Objectives of the Course

This course will help the students to:-

  • Understand God’s Word and apply it in his/her context.
  • Enhance their Spiritual life and instill a passion for Christ-likeness.
  • Be nurtured as servant-leaders who are actively involved in the life and ministry of the Church.
  • Acquire skills for a Spirit-empowered ministry appropriate for their context.
  • Promote integration of Christian reflection and action.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be born again, committed Christians, passionate for the study of the Word of God with an intention to be effective in their sphere of ministry.
  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree from any recognized University or a Bachelor of Theology either from Asia Theological Association (ATA) or Senate of Serampore College (SSC).
  • Applicants who hold a Bachelor of Theology from non-accredited colleges can be considered for admission after qualifying the entrance examination.
  • Applicants must own a computer with a good configuration and a stable internet connection.

Mode of Study

Master of Divinity is offered in a modular system (one subject at a time). Course content is delivered through recorded lectures, live interactive sessions and other study aids.

Period of Study

One has to complete at least 30 modules to attain this degree. Each module may last for a duration of 4 weeks to 8 weeks depending upon the learning ability of the student. Further extension can be allowed only on payment of an extension fee.

Areas of Study

Master of Divinity program comprises of 60% foundational courses and 40% specialization courses. Foundation courses other than the area of specialization include the following areas: Bible, Church History, Theology/Ethics, Practical Theology, Ministry related courses, Pastoral, Mission, Christian Education and Religions.

Master of Divinity (Online)

List of Subjects
Study Skills (Preparatory Course) 18. Person and Work of Holy Spirit
1. Introduction to the Old Testament 19. Poetical Books and Wisdom Literature
2. Introduction to the New Testament 20. Introduction to Biblical Languages (Beginners’ Hebrew & Greek)
3. Introduction to Theology 21. Church in the Bible
4. History of Christianity 22. Christian Education
5. Major Religions of the World 23. Contemporary Religious and Secular Movements
6. Bible and Mission 24. Church and Mission
7. Christian Counselling / Introduction to Psychology 25. Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements
8. Interpreting the Bible 26. Church and Ministry
9. Principles of Preaching 27. Ministry Internship
10. Servant Leadership 28. Judges and Kings of Israel
11. Writings of Moses 29. Christian Apologetics
12. Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels 30. General Epistles, Hebrews, and Revelation / Hebrews and General Epistles
13. Jesus in the Gospel of John 31. Marriage Counselling
14. Person and Work of Jesus Christ 32. History of Christianity in India
15. Prophets in the Old Testament 33. Urban Mission
16. Christian Ethics 34. Gospel & Culture
17. Apostle Paul: His Life, Ministry and Writings


The Master of Divinity is worth 90 credits. It incorporates thirty (30) subjects.

Application Procedure

  • 1. Fill in the application online.
  • 2. Download the form of acceptance by Mentor and upload it after filling it.
  • 3. Download the form of acceptance by Ministry Supervisor & upload after filling it.
  • 4. Pay the Fees through Credit/Debit Card

Fee Structure

International Students US & Canada
Admission Fee 120
Subject Fee 180
Extension Fee 54
Graduation Fee 120
Transcript Fee 120

**The Centre for Online Theological Studies (COTS) reserves the right to revise the fee structure in accordance with the escalation of the operating cost of the program.

Graduation Requirements

Students must fulfill the requirements as per the demands of the academic council of the IPCTSK and ATA. Apart from the credit requirements, COTS gives prime importance to the character formation, spiritual development, and ministry commitment of the students. The character formation of a student is assessed with the help of a mentor. The spiritual development and the ministry commitment of a student are assessed through a ministry supervisor.

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