Master of Theology

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General Information

a)   Courses of Specialization
1.  Master’s Degree in Spiritual Theology
2.  Master’s Degree in Systematic Theology
3.  Master’s Degree in Pastoral Theology and Counselling.  
4.  Master’s Degree in Biblical Theology

 b) Eligibility
1.  The student should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from an Institute recognized by the Pontifical Institute.  The course is open to Catholics and non-Catholics, men and women.
2.  Letter of authorization/permission from the concerned Superior.
3.  The language requirements:
a. Proficiency in English
b. Students should have done, if not, should do a basic course in Greek and  Hebrew in the case of the first three courses of specialization.
c)   Scope and Mode of the Course
1.   The course is intended to provide the students with an in-depth grasp of the subjects of their specialization. This is also a comprehensive way of understanding theology through interdisciplinary research.
2.   The students are expected to acquire methodological skills through guided research.
3.   The courses are divided into Common Courses (CC), Courses of Specialization (ST/SP/PC), Book Reviews and Seminars (STS/SPS/PCS) and Electives (E).
4.   The M.Th. programme is a four-semester course.  One has to do 44 credits in all of courses, seminars and book reviews (1credit=16 school hours).
i)    Ten credits from CC (Five Courses)
ii)   Ten credits from specialization (Five Courses) (ST/SP/PC)
iii)  Eight credits of  Seminar (Four Seminars) (STS/SPS/PCS)
iv)  Six credits from the Electives (Three Courses) (E). The electives can also be from courses of specialization.
v)   Ten credits of Book Review (Ten Books)

For Biblical Theology as follows:
44 Credits in all: BiblicalLanguages (6 x 2)                 - 12 Credits
Background courses (3 x 2)            - 06 Credits     Seminars (2 x 2)       - 04 Credits
Exegetical Courses (9 x 2)               - 18 Credits
Book Review (4 Books)                   - 04 Credits
5.  The student will not be allowed to do more than 30 credits in the first year (in the first two semesters).
6.  The topic for dissertation is chosen at the beginning of the III semester.  It is to be approved by the Syndicate.  If the dissertation is not submitted in 2 years from the date of approval, the process has to be repeated and the new approval is to be sought from the Syndicate.
7.  Four copies of the dissertation should be submitted to the office at least 4 weeks before the final oral examination. 
8.  The dissertation shall be defended before a panel of examiners appointed by the Syndicate.

d)   Examinations
1.   The student shall do the examination in individual courses according to the prescribed schedule and mode.
2.   Before entering the final comprehensive examinations, the student must have passed all the examinations and have completed all other requirements.
3.   The final comprehensive examinations for M.Th. Degree will be written and oral.
      Written Examination: The candidate submits 6 topics of which 3 are taken by lot at the time of examination and the candidate writes on one for a duration of 3 hours.
      Oral Examination: The candidate submits 18 topics from the subjects covered during the course. The Faculty chooses 10 topics out of this list and 3 Professors ask questions on these for 10 minutes each.
4.   The defense of the dissertation is as follows:  The candidate is given 20 minutes to expose the material.  The director examines him/her for 20 minutes, the second reader for 15 minutes and the third  reader 10 minutes.  There is provision for questions also from the public for 5 minutes.
5.   The final grading shall be based on the results of the courses, seminars, book reviews, the dissertation and the comprehensive examinations (written & oral) as given below:

Courses (1 point per credit)

26 points


08 points

Evaluation of Literature (10 Books Review)

10 points

Comprehensive Written

15 points

Comprehensive Viva Voce

15 points


20 points


06 points

6.     The dissertation carries hundred marks in all: eighty percent for the written work and twenty percent for the defence.      
7.     M.Th dissertation should  have not less than 12000 words (ca.100    pages).  It has to be printed.
8.     The candidate should pass in all the prescribed subjects, seminars, valuation of literature, dissertation and final comprehensive examinations with a minimum of 60% marks.
9.     Certificate of Master’s Degree in Theology will be issued only after the verification of the aforesaid norms and conditions.

The Explanation of the Courses
1.       The courses are divided into regular classes and seminars.
2.       The two credits courses carry 40 marks. The duration is 32 school hours. (=24 full hours) inclusive of lectures and personal work.
3.       The courses will be organized in Carmelgiri and Mangalapuzha Campuses.

i) Common Courses in Theology (CC)
The student will have to choose five courses from below. The parenthesis stands for the obligatory courses for the individual field of specialization. Those courses should not be left out from the concerned student’s curriculum.

CC 101

The History and Development of Theology (ST)

Karakunnel G.

CC 102

The Study of Sacred Scripture down through the Centuries: Aspects and Methods

Thondiparambil J.




CC 103

Spirituality as Life in the Spirit (SP)

Vattakuzhy E.

CC 104

The Mystery of the Church and Communion (ST)

R.B. Gregory

CC 105

The Sacraments and the Divinization of the World (SP)

Thoppil A.

CC 106

Catholic Theology of Religions (ST)

Kundukulam V.

CC 107

Theology of Mission and Evangelization and Inculturation

Kundukulam V.

CC 108

Schools and Principles of Counselling (PC)

Manalel G.

CC 109

Ethical Challenges of Presentday Bio-Medical Technology (ST)

Julian B.

CC 110

Pauline Spirituality: Key Concepts and Recent Trends

Maleparambil J.

CC 111

The Theology of Mission in Synoptic Gospels

Nalpathilchira J.

CC 112

Biblical Theology: Theological Trends and Issues

Maleparambil J.

ii) Specialization in Systematic Theology (ST)

ST 101

Man and His Problems in the Light of Christ

Karakunnel G.

ST 102

Modern Trends in Theology

Karakunnel G.

ST 103

Church as the Mystery of Communion

R.B. Gregory

ST 104

The concept of “Ebed Yahweh” in Isaiah

Mulloor J.

ST 105

Theology of the Word of God and Biblical Theologies

Anaparambil J.

ST 106

Postmodernism and Religion

Kundukulam V.

ST 107

Christology in the Asian Context

Panjikaran S.

ST 108

Theology of Ministry and Leadership in the Church

R.B. Gregory

ST 109

Concept of Sin and Salvation in Indian Philosophy and in Christianity

Julian B.

ST 110

Milestones in the History of Moral Theology

Illathuparampil M.

ST 111

Contemporary Issues in Sacramental Theology

Pulickal S.

ST 112

The Theology of Presence in the Book of Exodus

Mayyattil J.

ST 113

Theology & Communication

Palakeel J.

ST 114

Ecclesiology: Vatican II and After

Karakunnel G.

ST 115

Origin and Theological Development Nicean Creed

Kadeparambil A.

iii) Specialization in Spiritual Theology (SP)

SP 101

Spirituality of I Peter

Prasad J.

SP 102

Ecological Concerns in Theology

Keeranpara F.

SP 103

Models of Biblical Spirituality

Anaparambil J.

SP 104

Life in the Spirit according to the Letter to the Romans

Prasad J.

SP 105

Liturgical Spirituality

Nariculam A.

SP 106

Holy Spirit and the Renewal of the Contemporary Church

Mundolickal P.

SP 107

Foundations of Spirituality: Indian and Christian

Vattakuzhy E.

SP 108

History and Development of Christian Spirituality

Keeranpara F.

SP 109

Socio-Political Reading of the New Testament Today

Mulloor J.

SP 110

Prayer and Mysticism in the Catholic Tradition

Mundolickal P.

iv) Specialization in Pastoral Theology & Counseling (PC)

PC 101

Biblical Texts as Models for Pastoral Praxis

Mulloor A.

PC 102

Prophetic concern for Social Justice

Thondiparambil A.

PC 103

Pastoral Ecclesiology of the Vatican II

Karakunnel G.

PC 104

Towards an Ecclesiology for the Ecumenical Age

Gregory R.B.

PC 105

Moral Theology Today

Mynatty H.

PC 106

Parish as Liturgical Community

Thoppil A.

PC 107

Marriage and Family Counselling

Vinaya CHF

PC 108

Laity in the Mission of the Church Today

Netto T.

PC 109

Youth Ministry and Counselling

Manalel G.

PC 110

The Role of the Women in Church and in Society

Kallani J.

PC 111

Pastoral Ministry Today

Peter V.K.

PC 112

Christian Leadership

Gregory R.B.

v) Specialization in Biblical Theology

Semester 1

BT 101

Biblical Greek I

Prasad J.

BT 102

Biblical Hebrew I

Kaithakottil J.

BTB 103

Exegetical Methods and Tools

Naluparayil J.

BTB 104

Ancient Israel - Its Life and Institutions

Anaparambil J.

BTB 105

The History Archaeology and Geography of Israel

Kaithakottil J.




BT 106

Modern Language - German I

Mundolickal P.

BT 107

Biblical Exegesis of the Fathers

Kadeparambil A.

Semester 2

BT 108

Biblical Greek II

Prasad J.

BT 109

Biblical Hebrew II

Kaithakottil J.

BT 110

Modern Language - German II

Mundolickal P.

BTB 111

Interpretation of Bible in the Church

Thondiparambil J.

BTE 112

Selected Texts from Jeremiah

Variamattam M.

Semester 3

BT 113

Biblical Greek III

Prasad J.

BT 114

Biblical Hebrew III

Kaithakottil J.

BTE 115

Selected Texts from John

Therath A.

BTE 116

Social Themes in Luke Acts

Thayyil P.

BTE 117

Romans 5 – 8

Prasad J.

BTE 118

Rhetorical Analysis of Galatians

Maleparambil J.

Semester 4

BTE 119

Selected Texts from Hebrews

Kurianal J.

BTS 120

Theology of Psalms

Anaparambil J. (Seminar)

BTE 121

Prophets and Social Justice

Thondiparambil J.

BTS 122

Selected Texts from the Book of Revelation

Kurianal J. (Seminar)

BTE 123

Selected Texts from Qoheleth

Thekkekara D.

BTS 124

Selected Psalms

Mayyattil J. (Seminar)

BTS 125

Household codes in the NT

Prasad J. (Seminar)

BTE 126

Sabbath in Jewish and Christian Tradition

Anaparambil J.

BTE 127

Infancy Narratives in Luke: An Exegetical Study

Mulloor J.

BTE 128

Selected Texts from St. Paul

Kaithakottil J.

vi) Seminars
Systematic Theology

STS 101

Church and the World

Karakunnel G.

STS 102

Theology of Psalms

Kaithakottil J.

STS 103

Inter-Religious Dialogue

Kanichai C.

STS 104

Biblical Models in Ecclesiology

Rebeiro M.

STS 105

Uniqueness of Christ

Kundukulam V.

STS 106

Sex Gender Ethics

Illathuparampil M.

STS 107

Theology of Love

Gregory R.B.


SPS 101

Pastoral Charity according to Pastores Dabo Vobis

Cheruparambil T.

SPS 102

Priestly Ministry and Spirituality

Keeranpara F.

SPS 103

Spirituality of Thomas Merton

Vattakuzhy E.

SPS 104

Perspectives in the Sacraments of Initiation

Pulprayil S.

Pastoral Theology and Counseling

PCS 102

Skills in Pastoral Counselling

Manalel A.

PCS 103

Personal Laws especially of Christian Marriage   Divorce
Succession and Adoption

Kudiamssery X.

PCS 104

Evangelization through Mass Media

Edappilly J.

PCS 105

Theology of BCC

Gregory R.B.

vii) Electives

E 101

Religious Life and Pastoral Ministry

Kanichai C.

E 102

Social Concern in Luke

Thayyil P.

E 103

The Ecclesial Dimension of the Christian Spirituality

Karakunnel G.

E 104

A Christian Critique of Advaita Religious Vision

Vallooran A.

E 105

Psychological Insights into Spirituality

Manalel G.

E 106

Pastoral Ecclesiology in the Context of Kerala

Karakunnel G.

E 107

Feminist Theology

Kallani J.

E 108

Word Proclaimed and Celebrated in the Liturgy

Thoppil A.

E 109

Pastoral Understanding of the Prophets:  Selected Texts from Isaiah 

Anaparambil J.

E 110

Theology of the Family

Mundolickal P.

E 111

Christian Humanism

Njarakunnel G.

E 112

Theological Aesthetics

Gregory R.B.

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