Degrees

JTS currently offers eight (8) undergraduate and two (2) postgraduate degree programmes. Four of the undergraduate degrees (BA Theology, Social Work, Guidance & Counselling and General Studies) have been accredited by the UCJ. The other four undergraduate degrees and the two Masters degrees are awaiting accreditation, having been launched in August 2010, 2012 and 2013. They are: Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Social and Professional Transformation and Bachelor of Arts in Music & Media (2010); Bachelor of Arts Applied Behaviour Analysis (2012); Master of Arts Public Theology and Master of Arts Bible (2013). Each degree is further outlined below.

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
  • 180 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 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
  • 90 hours of practical training
  • Length of Programme – 2 years full-time and 3 years part-time (part-time must include summers)
  • Requirements – Associate degree (of at least 60 credits), Teaching Diploma from a recognized/accredited tertiary institution. English Language is compulsory (Grade I or II required).

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
  • 360 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 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
  • 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 Music & Media

  • Career Opportunities – Journalism, Media Production, Education, Advertising, Marketing, Musician, Entertainment Coordinator, Musical/Artistic Director
  • 120 Credit Hours
  • 180 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 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
  • Length of Programme - 3 years part-time (part-time must include summers)
  • Requirements – 5 CSEC (CXC) or 5 GCE or the equivalent (SSC, Certificate, etc.); English Language is compulsory (Grade I or II required). Applicants must be currently working in a social agency having completed a minimum of five years of active service e.g. Children services, Correctional Agencies, Police Force, Military

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

As the first of its kind in the Caribbean, this programme is unique, combining dual fields of Special Education and Applied Behaviour Analysis, thus meeting the vision of changing the world, one life at a time. Graduates of this programme will be:

  • prepared to fill needed service demands in schools, homes and community settings
  • trained to consult in the assessment, design, implementation and evaluation of behavioural interventions for a variety of learners

Upon completion of this programme, students can opt to do a certification exam which will qualify them as Board-Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCABA). This certification is valid internationally and holders are all the more attractive to potential employers.

 Admission Requirements :

  • minimum of 5 CXC and/ or GCE subjects (grades 1-3/A - C including English Language and Math)
  • 2-3 CAPE/GCE Advanced Level subjects including Communication Studies, Psychology, Sociology.
  • Teacher diploma or equivalent.

N.B. Students who do not have CAPE subjects will be required to do 30 credits as a preliminary to the programme.

 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 complete thirty-six (36) credits of study, nine (9) of which will be a research thesis, to be completed in the final semester. Full-time students will be required to complete nine (9) credits of study each semester over two years of study. Classes have a heavy emphasis on research, with students attending three to four weeks of lectures in each course, followed by independent research and student presentations conducted under the guidance of the professors.

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

 

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