Master of Theology (MTheol) [SEAGST]

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Master of Theology (MTheol) [SEAGST]


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Master of Theology (MTh)

With effect from 2010, Seminari Theoloji Malaysia will be offering our own Master of

    Theology program.

About the Programme

    This is a post-graduate research programme with the purpose of providing specialised training in any field of leadership in the Christian ministry, professional pastoral training, theological research and teaching.

    The curriculum consists of study in eight (8) courses and individual research, resulting in a thesis. Five areas of concentration are from the candidate’s field and two from another field chosen by the candidate. “Doing Theologies in Asia” is a required course for all candidates. As for the new curriculum, the students can concentrate on any one of the following fields of study:

    Bible and Interpretations

    1.1 Old Testament

    1.2 New Testament

    1.3 Asian Religions/People's Movements

    Theological Constructions in Asia

    2.1 Contextual Interpretations of Faith

    2.2 Theology of the Christian Tradition

    2.3 Philosophy of Religion

    2.4 Christian Ethics

    2.5 History of Christianity

    Religion, Culture, and the Life of the Church

    3.1 Mission and Witness

    3.2 Ecumenics

    3.3 Life and Witness of the Church

    3.4 Christian Education

    3.5 Liturgy and Worship

    Gender and Marginalized Concerns

    4.1 Gender Studies

    4.2 Indigenous Communities Studies

After completion of study in the areas of concentration, the candidates shall sit for a

    comprehensive examination. The purpose of this examination is to test the candidates’ ability to integrate what they have studied and to relate it to an Asian setting. The time allowed for this examination is two periods of three hours each, or

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    a total of six hours. The questions will be set by the advisor in consultation with others involved in the student’s program of study with the approval of the Assistant

    Director of Postgraduate Studies (MTh).

Full-time Faculty

    ; CHEW, Kean-Kee, MTh (Princeton, 2000); Ph.D. Candidate (Universiti

    Kebangsaan Malaysia), World Religions.

    ; KOK, Hon-Seng Ezra, PhD (Durham, 1993), New Testament Studies. ; KOMAR, Joseph, PhD (SAIACS, India, 2008), Pastoral Studies and Missiology. ; LIM, Kar-Yong, PhD (University of Wales, 2007), New Testament Studies. ; LOKE, Yin-Fai Anthony, MTheol (SEAGST, 1996); PhD Candidate (OCMS,

    Oxford), Old Testament Studies.

    ; ONG, Meng-Chai, PhD (King’s College London, 2003), Christian Theology,

    Biblical Studies and Pastoral Theology.

    ; SIEW, Tye-Yau Philip, PhD (Fuller, 1999), Old Testament Studies and


    ; TAN, Jin-Huat, PhD (OCMS, Oxford, 2008), Church History. ; WONG, Tik-Wah, PhD (Melbourne College of Divinity, 2008), Christian


Affiliated Faculty

    ; CHEW, Tow-Yow, PhD (Universiti Malaya, 1979) and MTh (Emory, 1991)

    Pastoral Theology.

    ; GRIENINGER, Wolfgang, MTh (Tubingen) Lutheranism.

    ; HO, Hon-Yan, MTh (Princeton, 1986); DMin (Southern Methodist University,

    1990), Pastoral Studies.

    ; KOH, Phillips, PhD (TEDS, 1998), Christian Education.

    ; KOH, Yee-Von, PhD (Cambridge, 2005), Old Testament Studies.; LEONG, Tien-Fock, PhD (UCLA, 1994), Old Testament Studies. ; NG, Kam-Weng, PhD (Cambridge, 1989), Christian Theology and Ethics. ; RAJAH, Solomon, DTheol (SEAGST, 1999), Pastoral Theology and World


    ; ROXBOROGH, John, PhD (University of Aberdeen, 1978), Missiology and

    Church History.

    ; SEE, You-Lay Daniel, PhD (Sheffield, 1997), Old Testament Studies ; TAN, Chee-Seng, Herbert, PhD (Northwestern University, 1994), Christian


    ; VOON, Choon-Khing, MTh (Duke, 1996); DMin (Graduate Theological

    Foundation, 1999), Pastoral Studies and Christian Spirituality. ; WALTERS, Albert, PhD (Birmingham, 1999), World Religions. ; YU, Swee-Yen, PhD (Union Theological Seminary), Biblical Studies.

Current Master of Theology (SEAGST) Students

    Name Field of Study FT/PT Advisor /s

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    Catherine YAP New Testament (C) Full-time Dr Ezra KOK & Dr LIM Kar Yong

    Dr Herbert TAN & Dr CHEW CHIN, Thomas Christian Education (E) Part-time Tow-Yow

    Christian Theology/ Dr Philip SIEW & Dr Albert Sivin KIT Part-time Missiology (E) WALTERS

    AUGUSTINE Dr ONG Meng-Chai & Dr Philip Christian Theology (E) Part-time Muthusami SIEW

    Francis WAN Pastoral Theology (C) Part-time Dr HO Hon Yan & Dr Ezra KOK

    Dr Philip SIEW; Dr WONG Tik-TAN Boon Joo Practical Theology (C) Part-time Wah & Dr HO Hon-Yan

    WONG Kow Old Testament (E) Part-time Rev Anthony Loke Cheong

    WONG Yuk Soo New Testament (E) Part-time Dr Lim Kar Yong

    LEE Kong Yee Pastoral Theology (E) Part-time Dr CHEW Tow-Yow

List of Master of Theology (SEAGST) Graduates

    No Name Graduation Thesis Title

    Jason Selvaraj Freire’s Liberation Methodology in Adult Christian 1 2001 Thangasamy Education in the Anglican church of West Malaysia

    BONNIE Anak Authentic Communication of the Gospel to the 2 2002 Sedau Iban in the light of Their Religious World View

    CHAN Mun 3 2002 The Pastoral Life and Practice of the Apostle Paul Kwan

    4 Steven Abbarow 2002 Towards a Social Trinitarian Theology of Family 5 TEE Heng Peng 2003 False Teaching in Colossians and Paul’s Response

    Missionary Movements among the Bugis in the 6 Armin Sukri 2005 midst of Islamic Resurgence in South Sulawesi

    Education For Community: Exploring the Faith

    7 LAU King Lang 2005 Community Model As An Alternate Approach For

    Church Education

    New Wine in New Wine Skin: The Friendship

    Model of Pastoral Care among the Possibly 8 BAU Chian Hui 2006 Postmodern Chinese Youth in the Diocese of West


    Beyond the Church Walls: The Roles of the Iban JAMAL Anak 9 2006 Anglican Christian Church Leaders in Nation Senada Building in Sarawak, Malaysia

    10 Edwin Ayabo 2007 The Temptation of Jesus: Matthew 4:1-11

    An Exegetical Study of Romans 2:12-16: Paul and 11 LAW Choon Sii 2008 Justification by Law

    The Concept of Indwelling Presence of the Spirit-12 Lal Rawn 2009 Paraclete in Jesus’ Farewell Discourse in John 14-


    A Proposal for the Structure of Luke’s Travel 13 TAN Geok Hock 2009 Narrative


    1. A maximum of two years is allowed for full-time students and a maximum of four years is allowed for part-time students for completion of all work for the MTheol

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degree programme.

    For full-time study, the study in the area of concentration will take one academic

    year, and the balance for individual research and writing. This does not include work on prerequisites, or time required for reading the thesis.

    2. Full-time or part-time students may apply for a one year extension of their course.

Admission Requirements

    1. Applicants for enrolment to the MTh must hold a basic theological degree or its


    2. Normally applicants should have two or more years of ministerial experience. 3. Applicants must possess a GPA of 3.0 and above.

    4. Applicants must also pass an entrance examination.

    5. English medium applicants must possess English language competency: TOEFL

    550 (Computer-based, 213); IELTS 6.5

    6. Chinese medium applicants must possess English language competency: TOEFL

    450 (Computer-based, 133); IELTS 4.0


    English / Chinese

Entrance Examinations

    The applicants must demonstrate their potential for graduate theological study and their competence in the basic disciplines at the first degree level by passing written examinations lasting a minimum of three hours. These examinations are set by the Area Committee:

    1. Not more than half the examination may be replaced by papers in this matter;

    that is, if six disciplines are examined, no more than three may be replaced by


    2. The Area Committee shall specify the topics for the papers.

    3. The length of each paper shall be 8-12 pages, sized A4 in double-spaced

    typescript or 12-15 pages, sized A4 long-hand.

    4. The papers must reflect knowledge of the mechanics of paper writing (e.g. the

    use of footnotes, bibliography, etc) as well as the ability to research and organize


    5. The candidates shall be given a maximum of two weeks to write each paper (that

    is, if they elect to write three they will be given a maximum of six weeks to

    complete them). The papers must all be submitted by the applicants at the time

    they sit for the entrance examination.

    The entrance examination, including the papers, may be written in English or the language of instruction where the candidates plan to study, at the discretion of the Area Committee. Applicants must pass all the written examinations in one sitting.

Submission Procedures

    Please ensure that the following are sent together with your application form:

    1. One recent passport-size photograph.

    2. One copy of official transcript of grades in applicant’s previous post-secondary

    school studies (i.e. college, university and/or theological college).

    3. One copy of Certificate of English language competency (TOEFL/IELTS).

    4. An up-to-date medical report, including chest X-ray report (applicable only for

    full-time studies).

    5. Statement of intention of 300-400 words stating your purpose in seeking

    entrance to Seminari Theoloji Malaysia.

    6. A study proposal for the intended research of not less than 2500 words.

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7. Application fee: RM150 or US$30.

    8. International students will need to provide a proof of funding in the form of bank

    draft amounting to RM21,000 or US$6,000.

Letters of Recommendation

    Two Letters of Recommendation

    The recommendations should be provided by someone who knows you well and able to provide all the required information.

    The first recommendation letter shall be from the Principal or a faculty member of the seminary in which the applicant graduated. It should provide information on the applicant’s academic standard, achievement and ability to pursue MTh programme.

    The second recommendation letter shall be from a senior official (Bishop, Moderator, President, etc) of the applicant’s denomination or church. It should provide information on the applicant’s personality, character, strength etc.

    Please request your referees to send the letter of recommendation directly to the Assistant Director of Postgraduate Studies (MTh).

Mailing Instructions

    Application form together with all the supporting documents stated in the “Submission Procedure” and application fee should be either sent to:

    Rev Dr Lim Kar Yong

    Assistant Director of Postgraduate Studies (MTh)

    Seminari Theoloji Malaysia

    Taman South East

    70100 Seremban

    Negeri Sembilan


    or email to:

Basic Fees

    Application fee RM 150 Tuition Fees (RM800 x 8 modules) RM6,400

    Thesis supervision fee RM3,200 Graduation fee RM 200


    For further information and details, please contact the Rev Dr Lim Kar Yong, Assistant Director of Postgraduate Studies.

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