Faculty of Theological Studies (Programmes)
At GSOL, we have chosen to offer the Post-Graduate level programmes through myGSOL.in, which could be worked towards a Master of Arts in Christianity or a Master of Divinity Degree according to the requirement and choice of the learner. Special attention is also given to cater to the needs of those learners who would like to specialize in an area of their choice from the ones on offer, with certification points.
Flexibility in delivery and creativity in content marks myGSOL programmes. We recommend and work 1Credit @ aTime, keeping the learning objective as the priority to achieve. Our learners then, can not only work towards preset Diplomas or Degrees mentioned below but may also create their own learning path with a little guidance according to their interest and receive validation for the same.
At myGSOL, we offer the following programmes:
- Post-Graduate Diploma (PGDPM)
- Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MA-CS)
- Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
- Short Certification Courses (Certificate)
We at GSOL, purpose to help all those who desire to grow in the Lord by providing quality theological education through various modes of Distance Education. myGSOL aims to help those who seek this at the Post-Graduate level. Therefore, it also demands a certain amount of learning/experience as a prerequisite. The following section will guide the applicant in this.
- The Basic Admission Requirements
The basic admission requirements are as follows;
- A definite Christian experience
- A clear conviction that one is called to God’s service
- A reasonable proficiency in the English language
- Minimum 20 years of age as of the date of application
- Successfully completed a Graduate Degree, in any discipline from a recognized institution/university or have successfully received a ‘B’ as the final grade in the undergraduate level of theological programme from an ATA recognized institution/agency.
- Additional Requirements
In addition to the basic requirements for admission, the applicant must also consider the following additional competency and facility requirements for applying into myGSOL programmes:
- Familiar with basic computer operations and internet browsing.
- Should have at least a tablet (9.7")/Laptop/Desktop (with webcam and mic facility)
- Should be able to spend a minimum of 50 minutes reading on screen
- Access to a minimum 3G connection with a minimum of 1GB data plan per month
- Should have the following software/apps for learning purposes:
- A Word processor (eg. Microsoft Word, Open Office, WPS office, etc.)
- PDF reader (Adobe Acrobat, Foxit, etc.)
- WhatsApp or Slack (for instant messaging)
AREAS OF FORMATION
Quality theological programmes aim at holistic development. At GSOL, we design all our programmes to affect the head, heart, and hand - a holistic development. Our assessments and graduation requirements then are aimed at developing competencies in the domain of Academics, Spirituality, and Ministry.
1. Academic Formation:
Each course will have assessments in the form of Discussion Forums, Quizzes, Reflection papers, Research Assignments, and other forms of learning stimuli that will help understand and reflect on ideas and concepts leading to conclusions based on sound reasoning.
2. Spiritual Formation:
Students regardless of age and position in life and ministry need to grow spiritually. Character is of utmost importance to a life-bearing witness to Christ. By Character Formation, we mean, developing Biblical principles and values for life. These principles and values affect our moral and ethical actions and reactions. Engaging with Pastor, Mentor, Peers provides a window to develop sound biblical principles and values as well as insights for spiritual formation.
Spiritual Formation also involves the development of Spiritual Fruit that reflects Christ-likeness. Spirituality is more caught than taught and so we recommend the student to maintain accountability with the Pastor/Mentor in all areas, especially that of Personal Devotion, Prayer, Family life, and Inter-Personal Relationships.
While gauging the spiritual formation from a distance is challenging, the involvement of the Pastor, Mentor, and Peers in assessment along with self-assessment provides a comprehensive insight for objective evaluation.
3. Ministerial Formation:
Theological education demands ministerial formation along with academic and spiritual formations. By ministerial formation, we mean, the development of those skills that are essential to bearing witness, making disciples, nurturing the body of Christ, and serving the society.
While each of the course provides impetus to practically apply the learning to the student’s context, it should be done under the supervision of the leadership from the local church/para-church organization. We expect the learner to closely work with the local leadership for the development of set skills and exploration of newer frontiers.
This being an important aspect of learning, the assessment is carried out by seeking reports from the ministry supervisor, mentor, and self at regular intervals. These reports are collected and assessed by means of collation and feedback is provided to the student for betterment.