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

Bachelor of Theology

Purpose and Nature

Programs granting the Bachelor degree are designed primarily to qualify graduates to function as leaders or ministers, able to be effective communicators and leading to the achievement of a holistic graduate profile appropriate to this award level.

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.

Entrance Requirements

  • Successful completion of 12 years of schooling or its equivalent. In certain countries this standard may vary.
  • In special cases, mature candidates (aged 25 and above) who have not completed their schooling may be admitted upon fulfilling a qualifying assessment.
  • Students with a previous Bachelor award from a recognized institution may apply for advanced standing equivalent to one (1) year Full Time Equivalent (FTE) of studies. Thus, they may request a credit transfer of up to a maximum of 30 general studies credits toward the 120 credit Bachelor of Theology, enabling them to complete the BTh with a further 90 credits of theological studies. See further the graduation requirements below.

Mode of Study

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

Period of Study

One has to complete at least 36 modules or 120 credits 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 and the credit hours of the particular subject. Further extension can be allowed only on payment of an extension fee.

Areas of Study

1. Bible & Exegesis
2. Introduction to Biblical Languages
3. Church History
4. Theology and Ethics
5. Practical Theology: e.g. Ministry related courses, Pastoral, Missions, Christian Education, etc.
6. Religions and Culture

Subject Offered for the Course

1. Study Skills and Spiritual Formation 20 Christian Theology II
2. Independent Research 21 Principles of Church Planting and Church Growth
3. Old Testament Survey 22 Prophetical Books
4. New Testament Survey 23 General Epistles and Hebrews
5. Church History I 24 Christian Theology III
6. Mission and Evangelism 25 Introduction to Christian Education
7. History of Israel 26 Introduction to Pentecostalism
8. Christian Leadership 27 Pastoral Care and Counselling
9. Pentateuch 28 Introduction to Biblical Ethics
10. Introduction to Gospels 29 Introduction to Worship
11. Introduction to Biblical Interpretation 30 Poetical Books
12. Biblical Theology of Missions 31 Pastoral Theology and Church Administration
13. Pauline Letters 32 Ministry to the Youth and Children
14. Christian Theology I 33 Church and Society
15. Major Religious Traditions in India 34 Christian Family / Family / Marital Counselling
16. Major Religions and Secular Movements 35 Missionary Anthropology
17. Introduction to Preaching 36 Christian Response to Human Need
18. Church History II 37 Christian Apologetics
19 Indian Church History 38 COTS Indian History


The Bachelor of Theology is worth 120 credits. It incorporates around thirty-six 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 154
Extension Fee 60
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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