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Theology Programme


  1. Admission Requirements :
    • Clerical Students :
      1. A Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution. Those who have appeared for the degree examination will be admitted provisionally
      2. A Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with at least a second class degree, or a two-year philosophy course with at least a high second class, both from a recognized ecclesiastical institution.
      3. Candidates should pass an English Test to be conducted in the third week of June. Those who fail the test will be transferred to the Diploma Course.
    • Non-Clerical Students :
      1. A Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent from a recognized Institution. Those who have appeared for a degree examination will be admitted provisionally.
      2. One Year regular course in philosophy. (3) Candidates should pass an English Test to be conducted in the third week of June. Those who fail the test will be transferred to the Diploma Course.
  2. Course Content :

    The BTh programme for clerical students covers four years during which a student is expected to obtain 122 credits: 100 credits for Basic Courses, 14 credits for Optional Courses, and 8 credits for Pastoral Courses. A credit is a unit of study equivalent to about 15 class-periods and a corresponding period of personal work (30 hours in all).

    Of these 122 credits, 108 are to be taken from the Basic Courses offered for each year of the four-year course. These Courses are obligatory, and any exemption from them needs the written permission of the Dean, a copy of which is to be submitted to the Registrar.

    Students who are not candidates for the priesthood have to complete only 114 credits: 100 credits for Basic Courses and 14 credits for Optional Courses.

    All BTh degree students are obliged to acquire 14 credits from the Optional Courses. A student must reasonably space out the Optional Courses over a period of three years: from the beginning of the second semester of the first year theology till the end of the third year. First Year BTh students are not allowed to take Optional Courses in the first semester. However, they may attend one of the Classical Language courses (Sanskrit, Hebrew, Greek, Latin) from the beginning of the first year of theology.

    Two credits of the Basics are assigned to a BTh essay, written according to the guidelines provided. Its Guide shall be a member of the theology teaching staff at JDV. The Dean is to be informed in writing of the BTh essay and of the Guide who is to direct it. If anyone else is to be chosen, even from among the Emeriti, the permission of the Dean is required. The essay is to be submitted by the date indicated in the Calendar.

    Students who as individuals or in groups attend courses of theological or pastoral interest, other than those offered by the Faculty, may obtain optional credits for these courses, provided that these courses receive the prior written approval of the Dean and the work is directed and evaluated by a recognized Guide. A copy of the written approval is to be submitted to the Registrar.

  3. Choice of Optionals :
    • Students wishing to enroll themselves for an Optional Course must register their names in prescribed forms within the stipulated time.
    • Optional Courses have to be chosen and finalized at the beginning of the academic year.
    • A student can drop or change a chosen Optional Course only for serious reasons, and only after obtaining prior permission from the Dean, a copy of which is to be submitted to the Registrar. A fine of Rs. 50/- will be charged for a new registration.
  4. Evaluation of Courses :

    All courses will be evaluated with marks. Both Basic and Optional Courses will be evaluated through mid-semester examinations as well as semester examinations on the dates indicated in the Handbook and Calendar. Examinations may be oral, written or through an assignment. Study Days may not be used for anticipating examinations. All the examinations will be arranged and announced by the Controller of Examinations.

    Students who have failed in an examination are obliged to repeat the examination and pass in it. The re-examinations dates are mentioned in the Handbook and Calendar.

    All outstanding examinations of the previous year must be completed by the end of June. Failure in this respect may result in a student being debarred from continuing studies in the new academic year. Degree students who register five failures in a year, or nine failures (including failures in Optionals and re-exams), in the course of the degree programme will be transferred to the Diploma Course.

    The BTh comprehensive examinations are held on the dates mentioned in the Handbook and Calendar.

    Those who wish to take the BTh comprehensive examination by defending a comprehensive paper written under an approved guide must get prior written approval from the Dean. The Dean must approve the topic of the paper, the Guide under whom it is to be written, and the provisional outline of the paper with the relevant bibliography. The paper is to be submitted to the Dean at least three weeks before the comprehensive examination.


  1. Admission Requirements :

    A BTh with a higher second class from a recognized Faculty, or its equivalent is the minimum qualification for admission. The Dean along with the MTh Coordinator may admit students, who have no degree in theology but have completed previous theological studies, to the MTh Programme if they judge their theological competence adequate. To determine their competence, the Coordinator may ask the Applicant to sit for an entrance examination, or submit to an interview by one or more members of the MTh board.

    Proficiency in English and familiarity with at least one modern Indian language is a prerequisite for admission to the MTh programme.

    The MTh programme is spread over two academic years. Residence in Pune during the two years is obligatory.

    Students are expected to complete all the requirements of the MTh programme within two academic years. Those failing to do so, without sufficient reason and without permission of the MTh Coordinator, will have to re-register and pay tuition fees for the third academic year.

  2. Course Content :

    For the M.Th. programme in Systematic Theology and in Missiology each student is expected to do:

    1. Thirteen courses;
    2. Write a Guided Research Paper;
    3. Submit for defence a Dissertation on a topic in the area of his/her specialization.

    The total number of credits for the M.Th. Programme in Systematic Theology and Missiology is 68 (Courses: 13×4 =5 2; Guided Paper = 4; Dissertation = 12). The workload for a 4-credit course is equivalent to 60 contact periods spread over 20 working days and each period lasts 45 minutes. Students are also expected to have a working knowledge of any two of the following languages: Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Sanskrit, Syriac.

    As regards the MTh in Pastoral Management, in Biblical Studies and in Spirituality refer to their respective Course Contents and Credit-systems.

    A student can submit his or her Dissertation for the defence only after completing all the Courses.

    Each student will write a MTh Dissertation of 25,000 to 30,000 words, according to the guidelines provided. The Dissertation is to be written under an approved Guide with the prior approval of the Coordinator.

    A second year MTh student is expected to begin working on the Dissertation from the beginning of December. After the completed dissertation has been approved by his/her guide, the student should hand it over to the Registrar.

  3. Evaluation of Courses :

    Each course will be evaluated by the Course instructor according to the norms laid down by the instructor at the beginning of the Course. The evaluation will comprise an on-going evaluation of the student’s participation in Course discussions and assignments, as well as a final evaluation of the student’s comprehension of the subject by means of an oral examination or a written test or an essay-paper.

    The approved Guide will evaluate the guided paper according to the norms of the Faculty.

    The MTh Dissertation will be defended before a board of two examiners, one of whom will be the Dissertation Guide, and the other a Reader appointed by the MTh Coordinator.A member of the Faculty, appointed by the MTh Coordinator, will preside over and moderate the defence, actively participating in the discussion to allot marks for the defence without, however, allotting marks. The marks obtained in the Dissertation-cum-defence will count for 40% of the student’s final rating in the MTh Programme.

    Note: To join the MTh Programme a candidate must apply by 10 April to the Registrar


The aim of the cycle of studies that leads to the Doctorate is “the furtherance of philosophical and theological studies and allied disciplines” (Art. 2). The doctor’s degree is conferred after the successful completion of the doctoral programme that consists of two parts.

  1. The purpose of the first part of the doctoral programme, which lasts for six months, is twofold: to check the capacity of the candidate to do research and to enable him/her to do the preparatory work in the area in which he/she desires to do research. Accordingly, the first part consists of
    • The Orientation Programme,
    • The study of required languages,
    • Writing two research papers of 7000 to 8000 words each related to the area of one’s doctoral research under two guides within six months, and
    • Passing the candidacy examination with a minimum grade of B+, in which a two-member board consisting of both guides will examine the student orally for one hour on the basis of the two research papers.
  2. The Second part of the doctoral programme intends to help the student to do independent scholarly research with the guidance of his/her guide, thus to make an original contribution to the particular area of research through writing the dissertation, defending it and publishing it at least in part. Accordingly, the second part consists of
    • Submitting doctoral dissertation proposal to the chairperson of the doctoral committee within three months from the time the candidacy examination is held, which includes the aim of the dissertation, the method to be employed, and the guide suggested for the doctoral dissertation.
    • Writing a doctoral dissertation under a guide, which must be composed according to the norms of scholarship, of 60,000 words minimum if it is a systematic study, and of 100,000 words minimum if it is a historical study.
    • Presenting a paper related to the student’s doctoral research in the doctoral colloquium of the respective faculties before submitting his/her doctoral dissertation,
    • Public defence of the dissertation before a board of three examiners, and
    • Publication, at least in part, of the doctoral dissertation in order to obtain the doctoral degree. (For further details see Bye-Laws to Art 31, Statutes of Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth).

    During the tenure of the doctoral programme, the doctoral student reports to the chairperson of the doctoral committee the progress of his/her research every year on or before March 30. The annual report of research progress should also include timeline of further research and be approved by his/her guide.

Application and Admission

Admission to the third cycle leading to the Doctorate in Theology or Philosophy (PhD) presupposes the corresponding Master’s degree in Theology (MTh) / Philosophy (MPh) with at least a high second class obtained from a Faculty recognized by the Holy See.

The application to the doctorate programme should be submitted to the Registrar. It must include the following:

  1. A copy of the Master’s thesis.
  2. A letter from the authority or person who sponsors and accepts financial responsibility for the student.
  3. A letter of application of not more than 300 words explaining the reasons for attempting a doctorate and indicating the topic of research and its relevance.
  4. True copies of the certificate and marks sheet of the Master’s degree.
  5. Two separate confidential testimonials from: The Dean of the Faculty/the Head of the Department where the student completed the Master’s degree, and any competent person of the student’s choice.