School of Postgraduate Studies
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forms for M.Min. & M.Th. | Application
Forms for M.Litt. & D.Th.
Postgraduate studies have been offered at Trinity
Theological College since 1966. Initially, postgraduate programmes were conducted under
the umbrella of the Southeast Asia Graduate School of Theology (SEAGST). But in 1993,
Trinity went on to set up its own Graduate School. This grew by leaps and bounds, and the
need for a restructuring became increasingly evident. With the move of the college in July
2001 to a new campus, it was deemed appropriate that the name be changed to the School of
Postgraduate Studies (SPS) to coincide with a new phase in the history of the college. TTC
continues to be an active member of ATESEA and offers the Master of Theology and Doctor of
Theology degrees under SEAGST.
The SPS offers Master of Ministry (M.Min.),
Master of Theology (M.Th.), Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Doctor of Theology (D.Th.)
degrees. The latter two are research degrees. All these degrees are taught or supervised
either in English or Chinese. (For those desiring to study these degrees in Chinese,
please refer to the Chinese catalogue.) Those interested in applying for any of these
degrees should write to:
The Dean of Postgraduate Studies
School of Postgraduate Studies
Trinity Theological College
490 Upper Bukit Timah Road
English is required. Overseas applicants whose first language is not English are required
to furnish evidence of this proficiency. This may be demonstrated through obtaining the
desired scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or any other
equivalent English language examinations. For TOEFL, applicants must obtain a minimum of
550 points (or 213 points for the computer-based score) for any taught Masters degree, or
570 points (or 230 points for the computer-based score) for the research degrees (M.Litt.
and D.Th.) before their application can be considered. Applicants should arrange for the
test result to be sent directly to Trinity Theological College.
The completed application forms for admission
should be returned to the Dean of Postgraduate Studies with the following items:
a) 2 recent
b) 2 copies of a transcript of your previous tertiary studies;
A completed Statement of Purpose ;
d) A brief write-up of your research proposal (for research degrees);
e) 2 letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the Dean of
Postgraduate Studies, one from a leader of your church or denomination, and the other from
the principal or a teacher of the institution in which you completed your previous
A recent medical report from a qualified doctor;
A letter of financial undertaking for the whole
course of studies;
h) TOEFL result or the result of other equivalent forms of
Application fee of S$25.00
All these items should reach the college not later than 31 January
of the year the
applicant desires to gain admission.
examinations, whenever applicable, will be set by the School of Postgraduate Studies.In some
cases applicants are required to submit a research paper for assessment.
the satisfactory fulfilment of all entrance requirements, the Dean of Postgraduate Studies will officially enrol the applicant as a candidate for
the respective postgraduate
Academic Rules & Procedure
Registration for courses
At the end of each semester, all students are
expected to register for the courses of the next semester. Those who are late without
prior approval by the Dean of Postgraduate Studies will be charged a late registration fee
Additions and withdrawals
Registration is to be
made on prescribed forms. Part-time students are allowed up to 2 weeks after the first day
of each semester to register any additional course(s) and make any course withdrawal(s).
After the deadline, no registration or withdrawal is allowed. Students are then expected
to fulfil all the requirements (class attendance, assignments, examinations) of the
course(s) registered for.
All students, including part-time students, are
required to participate in the spiritual formation activities of the college. These
include the chapel services, family groups, duty groups, annual college retreats, vespers
(for those living in halls of residence), and others which may be organised from time to
time. We believe that students need not only information, but also formation. This
holistic approach to postgraduate studies, we believe, will help students not only to
sharpen their knowledge and skills, but also their discipleship and commitment to God and
Time allowed for completion of requirements
The time allowed for the completion of all requirements for the various
degrees are as follows:
For the M.Min. degree, the time allowed is one year for
full-time students and two years for part-time students.
For the M.Th. degree, the time allowed is two years for
full-time students and four years for part-time students.
For the M.Litt. degree, the time allowed is three years for
full-time students. This programme does not admit part-time students.
4. For the D.Th. degree, the time allowed is six years for full-time students.
This programme does not admit part-time students.
5. Only under very special circumstances might the School of Postgraduate
Studies allow an extension to this time limitation. Any request for an extension must be
directed to the Postgraduate Affairs Committee in writing.
6. The student may apply for suspension of his/her studies for a limited period
of time due to unforeseen or urgent circumstances. Once the suspension is in effect, the
time-regulation to which the particular degree is subjected will not apply.
Grades are recorded at the end of each
semester to indicate the quality of work done by the student in that course. The grading
system is as follows:
A = Excellent work
B+ = Good work
B- = Satisfactory work (Minimum for
C+ = (Minimum for M.Min)
The grading system for the dissertation is as
student is allowed to re-sit the examination for failed courses within two weeks after the
start of the new semester.
2. The total number of re-sits permitted for the M.Min. and M.Th.
degrees is two.
3. The student is not allowed to proceed to the next stage of study if
his/her performance is deemed to be unsatisfactory.
Submission of assignments
The following guidelines apply to the grading of
1. Any assignment submitted two weeks after the deadline will not be
accepted. It will be considered as failed and the student is then required to repeat
the whole course.
If the submission is late but is within two
weeks after the deadline, the assignments will be marked down by one grade.
3. All M.Th. dissertations will be read by two examiners. D.Th.
dissertations will be read by three examiners.
The fully computerised
college library has one of the best collections of theological books and periodicals in
the region. It has some 68,500 volumes in English and Chinese, and maintains more than 320
key periodicals of diverse disciplines and subjects. It also has an archive collection
containing records in microfilm of various missionary societies.
The library is continually increasing its collection
through purchases and donations. It is planning to make its collection accessible through
the internet and it is also seeking on-line communication and exchanges
with other libraries.
Students can also make use of the following excellent
libraries in Singapore: the National Library, the National University of Singapore
Library, and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Library. These are all steadily
growing libraries committed to serving the increasing need for research in the
Students requiring journal articles, which are not
available in Singapore, may be assisted in obtaining them from the Document Supply Centre
in England. For biblical resources, help could also be sought at the renowned library of
Tyndale House in Cambridge, England.
The Immigration Department of Singapore requires the overseas applicant to
submit the following documents before it could grant him/her a student visa. The School of
Postgraduate Studies will ask the applicant to submit this once he/she has been accepted.