Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.)

The main focus of the B.D. programme is to fulfil the requirements of the Senate of Serampore College; it also encourages specialisation in any particular area of interest of the students to make theological education more contextual and thereby preparing them for holistic ministry.

Course requirement for BD Degree totalling 64 courses including options and non-credit courses, plus a thesis (2 courses in lieu of thesis). The Senate examines 30 courses and the College examines the rest of the courses and thesis. Completion of practical work in ministry and passing the elementary examination in a Biblical language is mandatory. All students will have to take some additional courses on contemporary concerns under its Bold Theological Vision.

Senate requires two types of practical training for all the B.D. students: Concurrent practical work on weekends and a full-time practical work equivalent to two terms (Internship Program). Gurukul organises programs involving students in caring for individual persons, helping in the work of parish churches and engaging in social action programme. The practical work of each student is evaluated, graded and credited, marks of which are reported to the Senate of Serampore College.

Master of Theology (M.Th.)

M.Th. the degree provides an opportunity for persons who have completed a B.D. degree, or its equivalent. This study requires an advanced level of academic engagement from students in order to increase both knowledge and competency for ministry in all of its variety.

  • Christian Theology
  • History of Christianity
  • Communication
  • Women Studies
  • Old Testament (Subject to approval by the Senate)
  • Missiology (Subject to approval by the Senate)

M.Th. Students are required to complete 40 credits of courses including thesis in their branch of study. The Senate examines 12 credits of courses and thesis while the College examines the rest of the credit courses. All the M.Th. students are required to write a thesis.

Doctor of Theology (D.Th.)

The Doctor of Theology (D.Th.) is oriented towards rigorous research. The candidates who have completed MTh with minimum marks and have teaching experience can apply to the departments offering DTh. They should also clear the Common Entrance Test conducted by the Senate of Serampore University (College). Gurukul offers under the Senate of Serampore System D.Th. in the following areas.

  • Christian Theology
  • History of Christianity
  • Women Studies (Subjected to Senate Approval)

International Centre for Special Studies

Besides the regular residential academic programmes Gurukul is offering “Bachelor of Christian Studies” (BCS) and YMCA Training Programme for YMCA secretaries. Gurukul plays a key role in making theological education more people-centred. It offers BCS to equip and enable the laypersons of the church to be theologically trained at their convenient time without affecting their vocation.

Diploma, Certificates and Prizes

Gurukul conducts examinations at the end of each term, while the Senate has its examinations at the end of each academic year at two levels – Internal assessment and a written examination, examined by both the internal and external examiners. On the recommendation of the Staff Council, Gurukul diplomas and certificates are awarded to students on completion of all the requirements of the College by the Gurukul College Council. Degree Certificates are awarded by the Senate of Serampore College at the annual convocation, which is normally held in January/February every year. The college academic prizes for all branches of study have been instituted by Friends of Gurukul, where there are 4 departmental prizes and two special prizes for M.Th. students and 24 departmental prizes and two special prizes for B.D. students.

Special Diploma Course

Gurukul offers Diploma in Luther Studies and also German Language learning courses as and when the demand arises. It is open to all. On completion of the courses, the candidates will be offered certificates.