United Theological College of the West Indies | Courses | Entry Requirements | Contact

United Theological College of the West Indies | Courses | Entry Requirements | Contact

About us United Theological College of the West Indies

About us

UTCWI is a diverse and an ecumenical community. It was founded at its present site in April 1966 out of the former Union Theological College, Calabar College and St. Peter’s College and made possible by a grant from the World Council of Churches Theological Education Fund. Some six (6) Denominations form the participating Communions that own and operate the College, namely:

  • Jamaica Baptist Union
  • United Church in Jamaica and The Cayman Islands
  • Diocese of Jamaica & The Cayman Islands
  • Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas
  • Moravian Church in Jamaica and East West Indies Province
  • Lutheran Church in Guyana

At the UTCWI, a community of learning and worship is promoted. Men and women, lay and ordained are prepared for mission and service in the Caribbean church and beyond within the denominational traditions from which they come. Every endeavour is made to strike a balance between academic excellence and spiritual sustainability.

United Theological College of the West Indies courses Offered

Programmes

The United Theological College of the West Indies currently offers eight major academic programmes,five of which lead to University of the West Indies awards,two to its own awards,and one that is done jointly with Columbia Theological Seminary. Below you will find a list of all eight academic programmes.

Bachelor of Arts in Ministerial Studies

The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, in association with the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI), offers a special degree, Bachelor of Arts in Ministerial Studies. This degree has more practical orientation than the Bachelor of Arts in Theology and is geared towards persons being prepared for parish/congregational ministry, institutional chaplaincy and international mission engagement … read more

Bachelor of Arts in Theology

The United Theological College of the West Indies offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology; this degree is offered by UTCWI along with other theological schools associated with UWI namely, St. Micheal’s, Codrington College in Barbados and St. John Vianney in Trinidad. These schools affiliated to UWI formed an association called the Caribbean Association of Theological Schools (CATS) … read more

Licentiate in Theology

The Licentiate in Theology is a programme in the study of theology. It provides the candidates with the requisite knowledge, skills and competencies for the practice of ministry.The programme is offered jointly by the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) … read more

Master of Divinity

The United Theological College of the West Indies aims to produce Ministers of Religion who are spiritually centered, contextually relevant, ecumenically committed and missionally oriented. The Master of Divinity in Theology is a professional degree for persons responding to a call to the pastoral/parish ministry … read more

Masters of Arts in Theology

The Masters of Arts in Theology is offered in conjunction with St. Micheal’s Theological College. The programme seeks to provide further training for theologians as well as the foundation for further rigorous academic study of theology. … read more

Master of Philosophy in Theology

The Masters of Philosophy in Theology is an advance postgraduate research degree that is offered at the University of the West Indies through the department of theology, located at the United theological College of the West Indies … read more

Doctor of Ministry

The United Theological College of the West Indies aims to produce Ministers of Religion who are spiritually centered, contextually relevant, ecumenically committed and missionally oriented. The Doctor of Ministry, with a concentration in Gospel and Culture, is a professional degree offered by Columbia Theological Seminary (CTS), Decatur, Georgia, USA with UTCWI as an extension site … read more

Doctor of Philosophy in Theology

The Doctor of Philosophy in Theology is an advance postgraduate research degree that is offered at the University of the West Indies through the department of theology, located at the United theological College of the West Indies. … read more

United Theological College of the West Indies Entry Requirements

Undergraduate Admissions

  • An applicant is admitted on the recommendation of his/her sponsoring Participating Communion.
  • An applicant who is not recommended by a Participating Communion must be endorsed by his/her Pastor and may be required to attend an interview conducted by the President or Deputy President and the Dean of Studies.

Applicant without the requisite academic qualifications may be required to sit an Entrance Examination. Candidates for admission should normally apply by January 31 of the year in which they intend to enter the College. The minimum qualification for entry into the Diploma Programme is five (5) G.C.E. ‘O’ levels or CXC subjects. Other equivalent academic qualifications will be considered.

Candidates are also accepted under the Mature Entry policy. The policy facilitates persons who have been called and are serving in full-time ministry but do not possess the normal matriculation requirements to be enrolled for formal pastoral/theological training.

Candidates are also accepted under the ‘Specially Admitted’ status on the recommendation of their churches for special programmes.

  • Students accepted under the Mature Entry policy or those who are Specially Admitted are placed on academic probation during the first year of their programme.
  • The Faculty may recommend withdrawal of a student if he/she performance in the first year is not satisfactory.

Applicants to the B.A. Theology and B.A. Ministerial Studies programmes are required to apply through the University of the West Indies by completing the application on the University’s website.

Graduate Studies Admissions

The United Theological College offers a variety of programmes for graduate study in religion and theology. Ministers, teachers, and anyone interested in a serious study of the Bible, Christian theology, or pastoral practice can find a suitable programme to enter. Men and women of any Christian tradition or religious faith are invited to enter into a rewarding learning experience in an ecumenical setting.

Master of Arts in Theology (Taught Masters)

A degree offering of the University of the West Indies

  • Open to persons with a Bachelor’s Degree in any field
  • Six courses plus a research paper (15,000 words)
  • One year (full-time) or three years (part-time)

Qualifying courses required of candidates who have not previously studied theology at the tertiary level

Master of Philosophy in Theology (research degree)

A degree offering of the University of the West Indies

  • Open to persons with a Bachelor’s Degree in any field
  • Three courses plus a research thesis (40,000 words)

Qualifying courses required of candidates who have not previously studied theology at the tertiary level

Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (research degree)

  • Normal entry to the PhD is through the MPhil programme
  • Four courses, modern language exam, and a research thesis (80,000 words)

Areas of study

  • Bible (Old Testament or New Testament)
  • Historical and Ecumenical Studies
  • Theology and Ethics
  • Christian Formation (Religious Education, Christian Worship, Pastoral Care and Counseling

Applications

Applications must be done online through the University of the West Indies website (Graduate Studies, University of the west Indies, Mona ). The deadline for entry in September is the previous January.

Download Graduate Programme in Theology Handbook

Doctor of Ministry

  • The Doctor of Ministry is a professional ministerial degree which seeks to build on a person’s ministerial experience and enable the candidate to explore issues in gospel and culture contextually. Focusing on ministry with the local congregation, this programme offers students the opportunity to become a more effective leader for God’s people. The programme’s collegial approach encourages students to examine the setting and practices of their ministries
  • Candidates should have a tertiary degree in theology and at least three years of experience in ministry
  • The requirement of the programme (36 credits):
  • 4 elective courses taught at UTCWI (each in an intensive two week period) – 3 credits each
  • A supervised ministry practicum consisting of 400 hours of work in the student’s ministry setting – 6 credits
  • 2 elective courses at Columbia Seminary (in a four week summer period) – 3 credits each>
  • A research project workshop at CTS (non-credits)
  • A qualifying exam
  • A 100 page Research project Report – 6 credits

For additional information please visit www.ctsnet.edu

United Theological College of the West Indies Contacts

7 Golding Avenue,

Kingston 7, Jamaica, West Indies

Telephone: (876) 927-1724/2868,

Fax: (876) 977-0812

Email us at: unitheol@cwjamaica.com

 

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