Jamaica Theological Seminary | Courses | Entry Requirements | Contact

Jamaica Theological Seminary | Courses | Entry Requirements | Contact

About Jamaica Theological Seminary

Jamaica Theological Seminary (JTS) is an institution grounded in the Christian community and primarily serving the people of Jamaica and the Caribbean, with a university-level programme of study. The institution was launched in January 1960 to respond to the need in Jamaica and the Caribbean for culturally and contextually sensitive leadership education for the church and the wider society. The need was for the development of evangelical church leaders to respond appropriately to the cultural, educational, economic, and social challenges of the Caribbean.

The Missionary Church Association in Jamaica launched JTS in Kingston. Five students were initially enrolled. From the outset the school was intentionally interdenominational and international in character.

Among the concerns that led to the founding of the institution were the following:

  1. that evangelicals be equipped to speak with authority on the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith given contending contemporary theological positions in the Caribbean;
  2. that the programmes of study maintain a strong spiritual and character formation emphasis along with the academic—thus the motto was chosen: “That I may know Him” (Phil. 3:10), and “That I might preach Him” (Gal.1:16); and
  3. that the curriculum be purposely designed to reflect the needs of Caribbean society.

The original site of the Seminary was 1 Belmont Road, Cross Roads, Kingston 5. As the student body grew, so did the need for a larger and more permanent campus. The present campus which is located at 14-18 West Avenue, Constant Spring, Kingston 8, was purchased in 1962. Subsequent to the purchase of the permanent site, the campus has been expanded by the acquisition of four separate adjacent plots of land with appropriate residential buildings as well as space for sports activities. The most recent expansion occurred in 1999 with the acquisition of a two-acre property to the south of 14-18 West Avenue. The campus now includes seven and half acres of land with fourteen substantial buildings.

The Seminary is interdenominational and international in character with more than 40 different denominations and over a dozen countries represented throughout its history.

JTS graduates have gone into active Christian ministries throughout Jamaica, the Caribbean and around the globe. Several graduates serve as denominational heads. Others are engaged in nonpastoral ministries, including theological and religious education, while some serve as missionaries. A significant number have pursued advanced studies in theology and other disciplines. A growing number serve within the wider society providing leadership in finance and commerce, journalism, education, guidance counselling, medicine, agronomy, consumer advocacy, and a number of other areas.

This year the seminary celebrates fifty two years of unbroken service to Jamaica and the Caribbean. A series of events have been planned to commemorate this significant milestone.

Jamaica Theological Seminary Courses

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts in Theology

  • 2 Minors:
    • Leadership & Ministry
    • Guidance & Counselling
  • Career Opportunities – Pastor, Youth Worker, Christian Education Ministry, Missionary, Guidance Counsellor, Human Resource, Mediation/Arbitration, Victim Support, Sports Ministry, Journalism, Life Coach, Chaplain, Lecturer. Students who have completed the Theology programme have gone on to do graduate level studies in the areas of Ethics, Theology, Apologetics, Philosophy, Counselling and Psychology.
  • 120 Credit Hours

Bachelor of Arts in General Studies

  • 2 Emphases
    • Guidance & Counselling
    • Biblical & Theological Studies
  • Career Opportunities – Guidance Counselling, Education, Para-church Ministry, Missions, Human Resource, Administration, Research, Youth Ministries
  • 66 Credit Hours

Bachelor of Arts in Guidance & Counselling

  • Career Opportunities – Counselling Agencies, Human Resource, Health Sector, Education, Para-church Ministry, Crisis Intervention, Youth Ministries, Correctional Services and Armed Forces.
  • 120 Credit Hours

Bachelor in Social Work

  • Career Opportunities – Social Agencies, Justice System, Education, Aid Organizations, Communities, Health Sector, Counselling Agencies, Youth Ministries & Agencies, Community Development.
  • 120 Credit Hours
  • 600 hours of practical training
  • Length of Programme – 4 years full-time or part-time (part-time must include summers). This may be reduced if the applicant has certification at the level of CAPE/A’ Levels and higher.
  • Requirements – 5 CSEC (CXC) or 5 GCE or the equivalent (SSC, Certificate, etc.); English Language is compulsory (Grade I or II required).

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

  • Career Opportunities – Educator, Pastor, Youth Worker, Bible Translator, Missionary, Lecturer, Author, Chaplain
  • 120 Credit Hours
  • 180 hours of practical training.

Bachelor of Arts in Music & Media

  • Career Opportunities – Journalism, Media Production, Education, Advertising, Marketing, Musician, Entertainment Coordinator, Musical/Artistic Director
  • 120 Credit Hours
  • 180 hours of practical training

Bachelor of Arts in Social and Professional Transformation

  • Career Opportunities – Social Agencies, Justice System, Education, Aid Organizations, Communities, Health Sector, Counselling Agencies, Youth Ministries & Agencies
  • 90 Credit Hours
  • 450 hours of practical training

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behaviour Analysis (B.A. ABA)

This stellar degree is offered in partnership with the prestigious Chicago School of Professional Psychology. The ABA programme is the type of undergraduate degree that will give students a solid foundation in theory and experience and prepare them for diverse careers upon graduation, including working with:

  • organisations in Organisational Behaviour Management
  • children with a variety of disabilities
  • the elderly
  • Community Development

 

 Postgraduate Degrees

The Jamaica Theological Seminary offers two (2) Masters of Arts (by Research) degrees for students desirous of completing further studies in preparation for careers in academia, Christian ministry, and/or ethical service in the private or public sphere.

In order to matriculate into the programme, prospective students must already possess:

  • a first degree, preferably in Bible, theology or a related field
  • demonstrate competence in NT Greek if s/he is pursuing the MA in Bible (competence in Biblical Hebrew is a definite asset).

Students will be required to successfully complete courses captioned under the following headings: Master’s Core (15), Specialization Core (12), and Specialization Options (9).

Master’s Core Courses include:

  • Biblical/Theological
  • Ethics Research Methods
  • Thesis

MA Bible (Research) Courses include:

Specialisation Core:
  • NT Use of the OT
  • Luke-Acts/Apocalypse of John
  • Contextual Emancipation Theology
  • Critical Study of the OT/NT
  • Deuteronomy/Isaiah
Specialisation Options:
  • Canonical Criticism/Historical Theology
  • Sociology of Religion

MA Public Theology (Research) courses include:

Specialisation Core:

  • Theological Methodology
  • Christology
  • Contextual Emancipatory Theology
  • Public Theology
  • Practical Theology

Specialisation Options:

  • Canonical Criticism/Historical Theology
  • Prolegomena
  • Sociology of Religion

Associate Degree in Leadership & Ministry

  • Career Opportunities – Pastor, Youth Worker, Christian Education Ministry, Missionary, Mediation/Arbitration, Victim Support, Sports Ministry, Missions, Youth Ministries
  • 48 Credit Hours
  • 180 hours of practical training
  • Length of Programme – 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time (part-time must include summers)
  • Requirements – 5 CXC or 5 GCE or the equivalent (SSC, Certificate, etc.); English Language is compulsory (Grade I or II required).

Certificate in Leadership & Ministry

Online Programmes

Personal Development Courses

  • Reading the Bible as Literature
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Fundamentals of English
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Communication Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Theology

  • Leadership & Ministry
  • Guidance & Counselling
  • Biblical Studies
  • Career Opportunities – Pastor, Youth Worker, Christian Education Ministry, Missionary, Guidance Counsellor, Human Resource, Mediation/Arbitration, Victim Support, Sports Ministry, Journalism, Life Coach, Chaplain, Lecturer. Students who have completed the Theology programme have gone on to do graduate level studies in the areas of Ethics, Theology, Apologetics, Philosophy, Counselling and Psychology.
  • 120 Credit Hours
  • 180 hours of practical training

Bachelor of Arts in Guidance & Counselling

  • 80% of classes online
  • 20% of classes face-to-face
  • Career Opportunities – Counselling Agencies, Human Resource, Health Sector, Education, Para-church Ministry, Crisis Intervention, Youth Ministries, Correctional Services and Armed Forces.
  • 120 Credit Hours
  • 360 hours of practical training

Associate Degree in Leadership & Ministry

  • 80% of classes online
  • 20% of classes face-to-face
  • Career Opportunities – Pastor, Youth Worker, Christian Education Ministry, Missionary, Mediation/Arbitration, Victim Support, Sports Ministry, Missions, Youth Ministries
  • 48 Credit Hours

Certificate in Leadership & Ministry

  • 80% of classes online
  • 20% of classes face-to-face
  • Career Opportunities – Church ministries, Youth Agencies, Para-church Ministries
  • 30 Credit Hours
  • Length of Programme – 15 months (part-time)
  • Requirements – High School Diploma

Jamaica Theological Seminary Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admissions requirement for Graduate programme is:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited and recognizable institution

Admission requirements for the other programmes, with the exception of the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies and the Certificate in Leadership and Ministry are:

  1. A minimum of 5 CXC (General Proficiency) and/ or GCE subjects with a combination of passes a I, II or III and/or A, B or C. English Language and Mathematics are compulsory (Grade I or II required).
  2. Applicants to the BA Theology, BA Biblical Studies, BA General Studies emphasis Biblical and Theological Studies must be a born-again Christian for at least one year and a member of a Church.

Applicants who do not possess all of the above academic requirements are assessed for equivalent qualifications that include but are not limited to:

  • JTS Certificate and Associate in Leadership and Ministry programmes
  • HEART /NTA Certification
  • Secondary School Competency (SSC)
  • Professional courses (diploma and certificates)
  • Jamaica School Certificate Examination (JSCE)
  • JTS Extension Certificate programme (ETA)

Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies programme must be the holder of an accredited diploma or an Associate Degree from a recognized institution that has 60 semester credits – 30 of these credits should be in the Humanities or 90 term credits with 45 being in the Humanities. Applicants must also fulfill the requirement of ‘2’ above.

The Certificate in Leadership and Ministry programme is offered part-time as a first level qualification to the Associate of Arts and/or the Bachelor or Arts in Theology degree programmes. This programme is designed to assist persons who are desirous of acquiring tertiary level training but do not possess the matriculation requirements. Applicants to the programme who have fulfilled requirement ‘2’ above but do not have the academic requirement but have attained secondary education and/or possess vocational qualifications are carefully assessed by the admissions committee.

English Proficiency Entrance Exam

The exam is allotted 2 1/2 hours for completion.  It covers areas such as comprehension and composition

Provisional acceptance

Applicants who do not posses all five (5) subjects but have English Language, Mathematics and two (2) other passes may be granted provisional acceptance at the discretion of the Admissions Committee

Mature Entry

Applicants who do not possess any academic qualifications but have been serving in the Ministry (as an associate pastor, deacon, elder, lay-preacher etc.) for a minimum of 5 years and is over 30 years old are carefully assessed for Mature Entry Status. Persons who qualify under this status are admitted provisionally for 1 year; during this period they must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) for full admission to the programme.

Applicants who do not possess all the academic requirements but who have fulfilled the requirement of ‘2’ above may also be assessed using the Prior Learning Portfolio Development.

Jamaica Theological Seminary contact

Contact Us
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You may contact us at our following locations

KINGSTON
Address: 14-16 West Avenue, Kingston 8
Phone: (876)-969-8211, (876)-969-8803, (876)-619-1244
Fax: (876)-925-9129
E-mail: admissions@jts.edu.jm
Business Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm; Fridays: 8:00 am-4:00pm

MANDEVILLE
Address: 5 Brumalia Road, Mandeville, Jamaica
Phone: (876)-961-5698
Fax: (876)-625-6301
E-mail: mandevillecampus@jts.edu.jm
Business Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm

ST. VINCENT
Address: P.O. Box 829, Villa, Glen, St. Vincent, W.I.
Phone: (784)-457-5403, (784)-457-4503
E-mail: admissions@svgcc.vc
Business Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm Eastern Caribbean Time

ST. LUCIA
C/O Evangelical Church of the West Indies
Address: P.O. Box 593, Gablewoods South, Vieux Fort, St. Lucia
Phone: (758)-454-5705 or (758)-285-5316
E-mail: secc.stlucia@hotmail.com
Business Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm Eastern Caribbean Time

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