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GENERAL INFORMATION Accreditation: Myanmar Institute of Theology is accredited by the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia. Library: The present library was erected in 1977 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the seminary and was extended in 1997. There are 30,000 useable volumes and 30 periodical subscriptions. The air-conditioned reference room, stack room, audiovisual room and well-ventilated reading room with carrels provide a quiet atmosphere for study. Separate resource centers are set up for Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies program and Early Childhood Care and Development Center. Buildings: In 1938 Mr. and Mrs. Willis Pierce made available funds for the erecting of a school building, the Maharsaung Building. In 1959 both west wing and east wing were added for library, hostel for men students and dining purposes. The west wing was renovated in 1992. Ann Judson Villa was built in 1957 as the women’s dormitory. The four-storey Diamond Jubilee Building is a multipurpose building dedicated in 2002, that accommodates the ever expanding programs of the MIT. A Brief History of Myanmar Institute of Theology The Myanmar Institute of Theology, originally known as the Willis and Orlinda Pierce Divinity School, was founded in June 1927, on Seminary Hill, Insein. With only four students to begin with, the school used the facilities of the Karen Theological Seminary now the Kayin Baptist Theological

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Seminary. The first president was Dr. W.E. Wiatt, an American missionary who served from 1927 to 1939. Shortly after its opening the school became affiliated with the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. This affiliation lasted until the Second World War. The second President of the school was Dr. C.F. Chaney who served from 1939 to 1941 when the Japanese came in to occupy Burma. In 1948, the school reopened with Thra Chit Maung as Chairperson of the Curriculum Committee. In 1952 with the arrival of Dr. Paul D. Clasper, Thra Chit Maung was made President and Dr. Clasper, VicePresident. The school was renamed the Burma Divinity School. In 1955, the school became affiliated with Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Kansas City, Kansas. This affiliation lasted until 1960 when the school became an accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools in South East Asia. Since 1960 the school has been conferring degrees on its graduates. Since 1966, with the departure of American Baptist missionaries from Myanmar, the school has been entirely staffed by nationals. The Seminary has faithfully carried out its educational mission, adapting and responding to the challenges of the new day. In 1976 the name of the school was again changed to Burma Institute of Theology as deemed more appropriate to the situation in Burma. In 1977, on Dr. Chit Maung’s retirement, Thramu Esther Lwin was made Acting President and then President from June 1978 to the end of 1983. In January 1984, Rev. Victor San Lone who had been serving as General Secretary of the Burma Baptist Convention became President and served in that capacity until his sudden death in 1987. Thramu Eh Wah, the Vice President, was made Acting President until March 1988 when she was officially appointed President. The Seminary’s name was changed to Myanmar Institute of Theology in 1989 when the country changed its name to Myanmar. Dr. Eh Wah retired in 1998 and the Vice Principal Dr. Anna May Say Pa was elected the new Principal of the Myanmar Institute of Theology. Throughout its history, the school has served as an Institution of Higher Theological Education in Myanmar. More then ten ethnic groups and six denominations are represented each year in the student body. Until

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1962, only the B.Th. program was offered, but that year the Bachelor of Religious Education program was introduced and in 1976, the B.D. program was initiated. In 1996 no new B.Th. applicants were accepted for the B.Th. program as the Board of Trustees had decided that the Seminary would offer only graduate programs. In 1997 the MIT started the M.Div. and MTS Degree programs and replaced the BD program. March 1999 saw the last B.Th. graduates and the first MTS. graduates. March 2000 marked the graduation of the first class of the Master of Divinity class. Year 2000 is also a milestone for launching new programs such as Summer Language School, Summer Seminar & Doing Theology under the Bo Tree, and Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies program. 2003 was a significant year for MIT with the opening of the Early Childhood Care and Development Center, Judson Research Center, the inauguration of the Master of Theology degree program and the upgrading of the BRE program to Master of Arts in Christian Studies. MISSION STATEMENT Established in 1927 primarily to serve the Baptist churches in their leadership promotion, the present Myanmar Institute of Theology (MIT) serves all the Christian churches to equip men and women from all streams of life for serving God in the churches and in the world. To meet the demands of the churches and society the courses are categorized into four fields namely, Biblical, Theological, Historical and Practical. The Institute offers the students a solid foundation in learning the Word of God in its historical and theological contexts. It also offers practical training for ministry in the churches and in the world. Another major concern of the Institute is the spiritual formation of the students to sustain them throughout their ministries. The Institute is deeply committed to God’s Word to the students, to the churches and society to which they are called to serve.


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A. Commitment to God’s Word The Myanmar Institute of Theology is committed to teaching the Bible as God’s inspired Word. It is believed that God speaks to human beings in their practical realities and human beings need to hear God in a creative and meaningful way. To this end, the Bible - the inspired Word of God, needs to be reinterpreted so that its relevant messages and challenges can be heard by the believers in their own particular contexts. The main objective of the faculty in this Institute is thus to help the students to be competent learners of the Word of God capable of interpreting its messages relevant both to the churches and to the world. B. Commitment to the Students Believing that God calls men and women to the ministry in different spheres of life, both in churches and in the society, the MIT makes an attempt to: 1. offer an excellent academic study where the students are informed concerning the sources, the development and the current issues of the subjects involved in the four prescribed fields in order to help them become competent interpreters of God’s Word to the contemporary world. 2. cultivate a creative, critical, and independent thinking to enable them to construct a coherent and vital Christian theology for the churches and the society. 3. become competent leaders for the ministry in their respective callings and vocations, such as pastors, administrators, teachers, preachers and missionaries, etc. 4. be able to take the initiatives and effective leadership in the mission programs of the churches in whatever forms to build the Kingdom of God in the society.


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5. build a learning, worshipping and caring community which will enable the students to cultivate and promote a devotional life to sustain them throughout their lives, and thus the students will personally experience the profundity of Christian love, care, and fellowship. 6. learn practically the nature and issues of both the church and society through internship and field education related to their respective courses. C. Commitment to the Church and Society In commitment to the Church and Society, the MIT has invested its greatest effort in order to: 1. produce qualified ministers who can competently lead the churches to meet the demands of the rapidly changing urban and rural situations. 2. produce Christian thinkers and faculty members for seminaries, theological colleges and institutes in the country. 3. produce lay leaders for more effective service in the churches and more effective Christian witness through their respective vocations in society. 4. provide leaders for the task of holistic mission and evangelism to encounter the opportunities and challenges in the country. PURPOSE The purpose of Myanmar Institute of Theology is to equip men and women for the Christian Ministry and service in the world. The Seminary strives to provide a context in which students acquire a theological education which is biblical and theological and based on practical experience.

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The MIT Community Life The MIT community is made up of various ethnic groups with their different cultural backgrounds which makes life on and around campus interesting. Since students come from all parts of the country to pursue higher theological education, MIT provides them with not only academic studies but also opportunity to learn about each other’s traditions and customs. This promotes better understanding and appreciation of each other’s culture. Worship is the central part of seminary life. There are daily morning devotions and Thursday Vespers services - planned by the Evangelism Committee in consultation with the Seminary Chaplain. The hostels also have evening devotions. Ann Judson Villa (Women’s Hostel) and Mahahsaung (Men’s Hostel) have their own prayer rooms and students are encouraged to avail themselves of this for meditation and quiet time. The Student Council is made up of all enrolled students. The student body elects the Student Council at the end of the second semester. This new council comes into effect from the first semester of the new academic year. The Student Council comprises the President, VicePresident, Secretary, Joint-Secretary, Treasurer, two Auditors, Chairpersons of Finance, Messing, Social, Evangelism, Athletics, Music, Dorm Father and Mother, Women’s fellowship chair person, Staff Advisors and class representatives. All student activities are planned in co-ordination with the faculty. All students are given “freedom of voice” to air their opinions and grievances, later to be brought to the Staff Council. The Women’s Fellowship plays an important role in gender issues. It provides space for women lecturers, training programs worship and fellowship. Students are organized into Family Groups headed by the Staff to enable students to have closer relationship with teachers and fellow students, to share and discuss problems, counsel and help one another.


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Participation in Inter-Seminary Fellowship worship, sports and social activities encourages students to develop friendship and goodwill with students from other seminaries in Yangon. Students also have a chance to participate in activities of the University Christian Fellowship. There are Ethnic Group Fellowships which plan activities through out the year. Basic Medical Services are provided at the Kayin Baptist Convention’s Health Care Clinic on Seminary Hill. The Health Committee administers health tests, dispensing of medicine and also plans lectures and seminars on health education for students. In December, the MIT holds its Annual Fun Fete. This is partly to raise fund for the school but the principal aim is to develop leadership and organizational qualities of its students as well as to install in them the sense of sharing responsibilities, working in unity and having fellowship and understanding towards one another. The MIT Choir is one of the well-known features of the school and presents the Christmas Cantata in December annually ushering in our Lord’s birth. Every Friday afternoon, choir practice is led by Rev. Kler Kaw. Everyone is welcome to sing in the choir. As for Recreation students have an option to take part in various sports such as table tennis, volley ball, football, cane-ball, etc. They can spend their leisure time either watching TV in men and women hostel parlours or improving their computer skills in the computer room. Alumni Association The Alumni Association was founded in 1955. Approximately 2,100 have graduated from Myanmar Institute of Theology. MIT alumni/ae serve in Myanmar and abroad in diverse ministries. The general secretary is Naw Say Say Paw.


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ADMINISTRATION Dr. Anna May Say Pa B.A, B.R.E, M.Theol, Th.M, Ph.D. Rev. Dr. Sang Awr B.A, LL.B, M.Div, Th.M, M.Th Dr. Cung Lian Hup B.A, M.Div, Th.M, Ph.D Thra Pawlu (M.A, B.R.E, M.A C.S) Dr. Si Khia B.Sc, M.Div, D.Min Principal Vice Principal

- Academic Dean for Theological Studies - Academic Dean for Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies Dean of Students Asst. Dean of Students

Thra Nixon Eway (M.C.Tech, M.Sc) -

Sayama Khin May Nyunt - Registrar B.Th, M.Div., Cert. in Mission Studies Thramu Mu Eh Din (B.A, B.R.E) Rev. Saw Cooler (B.A, B.R.E) Thra Myat San (B.Sc, B.R.E) Office Superintendent Financial Officer cum Treasurer Accountant Property Manager Director of Development Public Relations Office Staff Office Staff Executive Assistant of the BARS Program

Thra Solomon Winter (A.G.T.I) Thra Aye Min (B.Sc, M.Div.) Srama Nang Bawk (B.Sc) Thra San Win Saw Doh Soe Saya Mang Tung Tang (B.Sc, M.Div.) -


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LIBRARY Thra Alan Po (B.Ag, M.Div, Th.M, MALIS) Thra Klo Htoo (B.Sc, B.R.E, Dip. LIS, M.Div.) Thramu Della Po (B.A, Dip. LIS) Thramu Wah Wah Chit (M.Sc, Cert. LIS) Thramu Hei Thalar Say (B.Sc, M.T.S.) Librarian

- Associate Librarian - Assistant Librarian (User Services) - Assistant Librarian (Technical Services) - Assistant Librarian


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FACULTY AND STAFF Dr. Anna May Say Pa, B.A., B.R.E., M.Theol., Th.M., Ph.D. [Principal; Old Testament Studies] Dr. Sang Awr, B.A., LL.B., M.Div., Th.M., M.Th, D.D [Vice-Principal; Theology and Pastoral Studies] Dr. Cung Lian Hup, B.A., M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D. [Academic Dean; Historical and Mission Studies] Dr. Si Khia, B.Sc, M.Div, D.Min [Dean of Students; Pastoral Studies] Dr. Marcheta Thein, B.A., B.R.E., M.Theol, D.D [Christian Education] Dr. Samuel Ngun Ling, B.Th, M.Div., Th.M, M.A.R, Ph.D [Systematic Theology] Dr. L.Zau Lat, B. Th., B.R.E., M. Th., Th. M., M. A., D. Min. [Old Testament Studies] Rev. Angela Pun, B.Th., M.Div.., M.A (Christian Education), G.S.A.C.E (cert.) [Christian Education] Rev. Edmund Za Bik, B.Th., M.Div., M.A.T.S., Th.M. [Systematic Theology and Philosophy] Dr. Mary Dun, B.A, B.R.E, M.Th, Th.D [Theology] Dr. Simon Pau Khan En, B.Th, B.R.E, M.Th, Ph.D [Theology] Dr. Maung Maung Yin, B. Sc., M.T.S., S.T.M., D.Min [New Testament and Christian Ethics] Dr. Hlaing Bwa, B.Sc, B.R.E, Dip in Mission Studies, M.Phil, D.Phil [Systematic Theology]
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Saya Paul Myinthtet Htinya, B.A., M.Div., M.Th [New Testament Studies] Thra Alan Po, B. Ag., M.Div., Th. M., MALIS [Church History] Thramu Eh Tar Gay, B.Th, M.Div., Th.M[New Testament studies] Thramu Kathy Htwe, B.Sc, M.Div. [New Testament Studies] Thramu Lily Kadoe, B.Econ, B.Ed, M.Div. [Mission studies] Sayama Aye Nwe, B.Th, M.Div [Feminist Theology] Saya Thomas Cung Bik, B.Th, M.Div. [Old Testament Studies] Thra Nixon Eway, M.C.Tech, M.Sc [Asst. Dean of Students; Computer Science] Saya Lwin Moe, B.S(Information Systems) [Computer Science] Saya Timothy Phun Lian Thang, B.Sc, M.Div., M.Th [Biblical Studies] Sramu Nant Tin Tin Win, B.Sc, M.T.S [Christian Education] Sra S’ Joseph, B.Sc, B.R.E, M.T.S [Christian Education, Christian Ethics] Sayama Moe Moe Nyunt, B.Sc, M.Div. [Mission] Sarama M. Ji Ra, B.A, B.Th, M.Div. [New Testament Studies] Sarama K Zau Nan, B.Th, M.Div. [Mission] Saya Hrang Hlei, B.Th, M.Div. [Pastoral Theology] Saya S Than Aung, B.Sc, M.Div. [Old Testament Studies] Saya Pa Yaw, B.Th, M.Div. [Church History]
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Sayama Aye Aye Ohn, B.A, M.Phil [English] Mr. Robert Winter, B.A, M.A [English] ADJUNCT LECTURERS Thra Kler Kaw, B.A, B.R.E, B.C.M [Music] Sramu Esther Lin Sein, B.A, M.A [English] ON STUDY LEAVE Dr. David Laisum, B.Th., M.Div., M.A.T.S., Th.M., D.Mn.(Ph.D Candidate) [Systematic Theology and World Religions] Sayama Su Mo Mo Win, B.Sc., M.Div., Th.M, (Ph.D Candidate) [New Testament Studies] Sayama May May Latt, B.Sc., M.Div., S.T.M, M.Th (Ph.D Candidate) [Old Testament Studies] Sayama Cho Cho Win, B. Sc., M.Div., M.A.R.E (DCE Candidate) [Christian Education] Sra Dingrin La Seng, B.V.Sc., M.Div., M.Th, (Ph.D Candidate) [Systematic Theology] Sara M. La Rip, M.Sc, M.Div ( M.Th Candidate) [Old Testament studies] Thra Augurlion, B.Th, M.Div ( M.Th Candidate) [Church History, Ecumenics] Saya San No Thuan, B.A, B.Th, M.Div. ( M.Th Candidate) [Theology]

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Prospectus 2004-2007 FINANCIAL INFORMATION
2004-2005 Academic Year M.Div Kyats A. Day Students Tuituion Lecture Notes * School Equipment Stationery Library Student Council Athletic Total * Admission # Graduation B. Hostel Students Boarding Messing Mess Equipment Total 25,000 750 1,500 500 500 150 150 28,550 200 200 4,000 55,000 300 59,300 M.T.S Kyats 25,000 750 1,500 500 500 150 150 28,550 200 200 4,000 55,000 300 59,300 M.A.C.S Kyats 25,000 750 1,500 500 500 150 150 28,550 200 200 M.Th Kyats 15,000(per course) 5,000(per course) 1,500 500 150 150 1,000 3,000 4,000 55,000 300 59,300

C. Estimated Personal Expenditure depending on individual needs. Books Athletic Stationary Miscellaneous * for freshmen only # for graduating students only Note: 5,000 1,000 3,000 3,000

- Students are to pay half of the amount of the school fees (including library

and student council) at the beginning of the First Semester and the remainder at the beginning of the Second Semester. Those who have arrears are not allowed to sit for the Final Examinaton.

- Every person has to fill the Deposit Form
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PAYMENT OF ACCOUNT Charges for tuition, fees, board and room are due and payable on the first day of each semester. The student can select either: a. to make payment in full or b. to pay the charges in two installments. A student’s preliminary registration for a new semester will be canceled unless the Registrar receives certification from the Business Office that all accounts for earlier semesters have been satisfied and that payment in full or an agreement for payment in installment for new charges has been received. No degree may be awarded by the seminary or transcript issued unless the student has met all financial obligations to the seminary. FINANCING A SEMINARY PROGRAM Financial aid in the form of grants from the seminary is very limited. Therefore, a seminary student has to make every effort toward self-support to meet the financial expenses of his or her program of studies. He or she may seek to be assisted by the local church or association or individuals. There is the Judson Student Aid given for academic excellence. Sowards’ Memorial Fund is offered to students whose parents are/were in the ministry and there is also individual scholarship grants by well-wishers. There are some part-time campus positions available such as library helper, office and ground service crew. HOUSING Ann Judson Villa has rooms for fifty-six students and Mahasaung Dormitory for ninety-six students. Because hostel rooms are limited in number many first year students have to make their own arrangements for board and lodging.

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PROGRAMS OF STUDY At present MIT offers the following programs of study.

D.Min (Doctor of Ministry) M.Th (Master of Theology : Two year program) M.Div. (Master of Divinity:Three year program) MTS (Master of Theological Studies: Two year program) MACS (Master of Arts in Christian Studies: Three year program) BARS (Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies: Four year program) APPLICATION A student desiring to enter the Seminary for a degree program (See BARS prospectus for information on BARS degree program) must file a formal application before January 31. Myanmar Institute of Theology admits qualified men and women of any race and denomination affiliated to the Myanmar Council of Churches.

The program is designed for students who want to pursue theological studies in a concentrated area. It is also intended for those who wish to engage in disciplined study in a theological field at a level above the Master of Divinity and its equivalent programs. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 1. The applicants must have a Master of Divinity or an equivalent degree.

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2. The application must furnish three letters of recommendation, one from the pastor of the church of which he or she is a member, one from an official of her or his denominational body and one from a professor or lecturer with whom she or he has studied. 3. Copies of college and seminary Degree Certificate.

4. Officlal transcripts of all college and seminary work. 5. Medical certificate from a physician for fitness for intensive study. 6. Other documents to be submitted are a short up-to-date life history and statement of Christian faith and experience. 7. The applicant must sit for examinations in English proficiency and in her/his chosen field of study. Prerequisites for the applicants in the Old Testament is sufficient knowledge of Hebrew for exegesis and a working knowledge of Greek and for the New Testament, sufficient knowledge of New Testament Greek and a working knowledge of Hebrew. COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAM 1. 28 credit hours of academic work distributed over three semesters of full-time resident study. 2. A research paper ( 4 credits ), 3. Oral defence of the research paper. 4. The student must maintain 80% for each subject. The cumulative average for the course work must be at least 85% .

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Prospectus 2004-2007 2. THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF DIVINITY
Myanmar Institute of Theology offers the Master of Divinity degree for students who wish to deepen their preparation for ministry beyond Bachelor of Theology level or those who desire to do graduate study in Theology in preparation for the educational and pastoral ministry and other forms of church vocation. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 1. The applicant must have a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Theology or an equivalent degree. 2. The application must furnish three letters of recommendation, from the pastor of the church of which he or she is a member, from an official of her or his denominational body and from a professor or lecturer with whom she or he has studied. 3. Copies of college and seminary Degree Certificate. 4. Officlal transcript of college and seminary work. 5. Medical certificate from a physician for fitness for intensive study. 6. Other documents to be submitted are a short up-to-date life history and statement of Christian faith and experience. 7. The applicant must sit for examinations in English proficiency and Biblical knowledge. COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAM 1. 96 credit hours of academic work distributed over six semesters of full-time resident study. 2. A candidate may choose to write a research paper (3 credits) in lieu of one course. 3. The completion of an approved program of field education. (3 credits)
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4. The completion of a summer internship program. (3 credits) 5. The student must maintain an average of 70% for each subject and for the annual overall grade. The cumulative average for three years’ study must be at least 80%.

The Master of Theological Studies degree program is designed for intensive study in one of the disciplines of theology. It is planned for persons who wish to develop a specialization for specific vocational aims. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 1. The applicant must have a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Theology or an equivalent degree. 2. The application must furnish three letters of recommendation, from the pastor of the church of which he or she is a member, from an official of her or his denominational body and from a professor or lecturer with whom she or he has studied. 3. Copies of college and seminary Degree Certificate. 4. Officlal transcript of college and seminary work. 5. Medical certificate from a physician for fitness for intensive study. 6. Other documents to be submitted are a short up-to-date life history and statement of Christian faith and experience. 7. The applicant must sit for examinations in English proficiency and Biblical knowledge.

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COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAM 1. 64 credit hours of academic work distributed over four semesters of full-time resident study. 2. A candidate may choose to write a research paper (3 credits) in lieu of one course. 3. The student must maintain an average of 70% for each subject and for the annual overall grade. The cumulative average for two years’ study must be at least 80%.

The program of studies for the degree of Master of Arts in Christian Studies is a weekend program specifically designed for people with full-time jobs who desire to be equipped for work in the church and society. It is oriented for integration of theological understanding in the context of continuing responsible engagement in the world. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 1. The applicant must have four years of college-level study with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Theology or an equivalent degree. 2. The application must furnish three letters of recommendation, from the pastor of the church of which he or she is a member, from an official of her or his denominational body and from a professor or lecturer with whom she or he has studied. 3. Copys of college and seminary Degree Certificate. 4. Officlal transcript of college and seminary work. 5. Medical certificate from a physician for fitness for intensive study.
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6. Other documents to be submitted are a short up-to-date life history and statement of Christian faith and experience. 7. The applicant must sit for examinations in English proficiency and Biblical knowledge. COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAM The components of the Master of Arts in Christian Studies program are two in numbers: 1. 60 credit hours distributed over six semesters. 2. The candidate may choose to write a research paper in lieu of one course. 3. The student must maintain an average of 70% for each course and an over all semester grade of 75%. The cumulative average for three years’ study must be at least 80%.

Workshops and seminars are planned for alumni/ae, pastors, religious leaders and interested church members during the weekend and vacations on issues such as Conflict Transformation, Globalization and Religion, Christians and Business.


Every summer, in the month of May, MIT offers opportunities for students and interest people to take classes in Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek.

Every summer, MIT hosts the Summer Linguistics course which is offered by the Summer Institute of Linguistics.


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MIT offers the summer seminar in the months of July and August to interested international and national participants. The Seminar Consists of 4 modules: Challenges and Crisis for the Churches in Myanmar, Communicating the Gospel in the Bamar Buddhist Context, Reading the Bible with Myanmar Eyes an a Study Tour of Taunggyi, Inle, Mandalay and Bagan.

MIT together with the Christian Conference of Asia and Association for Theological Education in Myanmar for the annual Ecumenical Lectures. Past lectures have been conducted by Dr. Chuleepran Srisoontorn-Persons, Dr. Heup Young Kim, Dr. Hope S. Antone and Dr. Dhyanchand Carr.


OLD TESTAMENT STUDIES Old Testament Introduction (Core Subject) A comprehensive survey of the historical books of the Old Testament with a general survey of the wisdom literature and poetry of the Old Testament. The course will emphasize the importance of the Old Testament for the church in Myanmar today. The course is designed to engage in critical study of the Old Testament, our Sacred Scriptures. Old Testament Theology (Core Subject) A comprehensive overview of the main theological themes of the Old Testament, such as God, humankind, sin, judgment and salvation, etc. will be discussed. The Prophets and their Message for Today (Elective) A study of the Prophets, including background, content, and purpose. The message of the Prophets as it relates to Myanmar society will be emphasized.
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Methods of Old Testament Exegesis (Elective) A detailed study of modern Biblical exegetical methods with the emphasis on the changing trend in fields of Biblical interpretation. It will focus on the vital role played by indigenous biblical interpreters for a better understanding of the Old Testament in the context of the churches in Myanmar. Exegesis of selected passages for each method of interpretation. Old Testament Seminar (Elective) The current issues in Old Testament Theology and the major themes of the Old Testament will be discussed through seminar presentations. Theology of Second Isaiah (Elective) This seminar will explore the historical, religious and cultural background of the Babylonian Empire in the time of the Exile. It will also highlight the theological crises of the Exile and the message of the unknown prophet in this period. The Message of Third Isaiah (Elective) To familiarize the students with the third part of the Book of Isaiah: its probable historical context, content, and the message. After engaging the material in depth one or two Third Isaiah key passages will be studied from Myanmar Perspectives so that the students may be able to apply them in their future ministry. Themes in Genesis (Elective) Themes such as creation, man and woman in ancient Israel, promise and covenant, conflict and resolution will be highlighted. Exegesis of Ruth (Elective) The course will focus on the issues of refugees, strangers, widows, and concepts of faithfulness and loyalty. The Hebrew Bible will be used. (Prerequisite: Intermediate Biblical Hebrew) Wisdom Literature (Elective)

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A survey of the wisdom writings of Israel, especially the books of Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Themes from wisdom literature such as wisdom, suffering and the good life will be studied. NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES New Testament Introduction (Core Subject) (Pre-requisite for all New Testament Courses) Content of the New Testament writing in its historical setting and attention to its relevance today. New Testament Theology (Core Subject) History of New Testament Theology and its relationships to dogmatic. The message of Jesus and the kerygma of the Apostolic Church. (A study of the major themes of the N.T.) The World of the New Testament (Elective) Political, Religious, Cultural, and Social Features of the world of early Christianity and of the diverse world-views held by early Christians and their Jewish and pagan contemporaries. New Testament Exegesis (Elective) An exegetical study and interpretation of Hebrews and Revelation and their significance for Myanmar today. Jesus in the Gospels (Elective) Comparison of the gospels; portraits of Jesus and reconstruction of the Jesus of history with attention to first-century cultural and political setting. Pauline Studies (Elective) Paul’s life, letters, and thought considered historically and in their bearing upon Christian Theology. The Johannine Literature (Elective) The interpretation of Jesus and Christianity in the Gospel of John; the Johannine letters, and the Revelation of John.
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New Testament Exegesis on the Fourth Gospel (Elective) Literary, cultural, and theological aspects of John. Discussion of sources, relationship to other Gospels and influence of Hellenistic and Sectarian Jewish Movements. Methods of Interpretation and exegetical survey of the Gospel of John. New Testament Seminar (Elective) The doctrine of the person and work of Jesus Christ developed both historically and systematically. Exegesis of the Gospel of Mark (Elective) This is an advance stuying of the Gospel of Mark. The Gospel of Mark will be read in Greek and the background theology and the message of Mark will be thoroughly discussed. Interpreting the Birth Narratives (Elective) This course is an advanced level study of Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2. The goal is to give critical and exegetical attention to canonical stories of the birth of Jesus. We shall consider the historical background of the events of the stories, the distinctive emphases of the Matthew and Luke as writers of Gospels, and the significance of the birth of Jesus as these stories show it was understood in early Christianity. The work in this course will be done with an interest in the importance of these stories for the church today.

Systematic Theology (Core Subject) A preview to Systematic Theology which aims to help students understand historical and systematic development or paradigm-change in “Christian Faith” or “doctrines” through ages, and to re-interpret them as realistic answers to problems engendered by the contemporary world. Theology of Religions (Core Subject) The course focuses primarily on the study of the Christian attitudes towards other religions, looking at the diverse thoughts of different Catholic and Protestant theologians on Christianity and other religions. The study will be explored with such figures as Karl Barth, Emil Brunner,
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Hendrick Kraemer, Ernst Troeltsch, Amold Toynbee, Friedrich Schleiermacher, W.E. Hocking, Hans Kung, Heinz Robert Schlette, Karl Ranner, Paul Tillich, John Hick, Cantwell Smith and others. The program seeks to widen the horizons of traditional Christian thought especially in respect to the relationship between Christianity and other religions. Introduction to Christian Ethics (Core Subject) The course is designed to introduce students with the key concepts, both classical and Christian, and the variety of systematic positions in the discipline. Students will also get familiar with the concrete problems of the Christian moral life. Specifically Christian understanding of ethics by beginning with basic Christian convictions about the reality of God and human redemption, and weaving these convictions into the fabric of moral concerns that are widely shared in contemporary society. Contemporary Theology (Core Subject) An introduction to study of the life and thoughts of the twentieth century Protestant thinkers. The study will be covered with such figures as Anders Nygren, Gustaf Aulen, C.H. Dodd, Oscar Cullmann, Reinhold Niebuhr, H. Richard Niebuhr, Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, Friedrich Bonhoeffer and Paul Tillich. Denominational Studies (Elective) The course is designed to involve students in the study and survey of the History, Beliefs and Administration of the different established denominations of Myanmar concentrating on the History and Polity of the Baptists of Myanmar. Contextual Theology (Elective) The course will briefly survey history of classical Christian theology to learn the theological focus of each period in theological formulation. By learning the theological methodology from these periods, the candidates will be able to make theological exercises on doing a relevant contextual theology. Available theological resources in Myanmar will be studied and some theological methodologies will be applied for doing a contextual theology for
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Myanmar. Instead of written examination, the candidates are required to submit a Project on Theology for Myanmar, with a more thrilling and exciting titles. The topics can be selected from the contextual understanding of the Gospel, God, Christology, Harmatiology, Soteriology, Missiology and Ecclesiology, etc. Theology of Peace (Elective) The course will study peace from ecumenical perspective. It will survey the Biblical concept of peace which transcends mere absence of war. The course will investigate some of the conflicts and tensions occurred in the history of human beings and how attempts were made to solve those conflicts. While the course will deal with conflict resolutions in the churches and the community, discussion will be made also on the history of peace movements at various levels, and some figures of peace makers like, Martin Luther King, Jr. etc., including Thakhin Kodaw Hmaing, will be discussed. Liberation Theology (Elective) Since its beginning in Latin America, Liberation Theology has spread to the other parts of the world in different forms and become one of the major themes in theological discussion. This course will focus the historical development, the general situation and the major themes in Liberation Theology in Latin America. The contributions of Latin American Liberation Theology will be assessed with particular attention to some well-known Liberation theologians like Gustavo Gutierrez, Leonardo Boff, Jose Comblin, Juan Luis Segundo, Jon Sobrino, and Paulo Freire, etc. Liberation Theology will be surveyed with a special approach so that it can be employed as a model for doing a contextual Liberation Theology in Myanmar. Asian Theology (Elective) This course aims at equipping students with Asian ways of doing theologies in response to the challenges of Asian social revolution. It will hopefully bring the students to engage in creative theological reflection on various social, cultural and political concerns and attempt to construct new relevant theologies for their own particular contexts.

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Models of Contextual Theology (Elective) This course introduces students to various models of contextual theology so that they will know some ways by which contextual theologies are constructed. By studying some contextual theologies as example, students will understand more about application of these models which will enable them to articulate alternative theologies with various resources. Myanmar Spirituality (Elective) This course will trace the Biblical and theological development of spirituality in the history of Christianity and will make a dialectical study with spirituality both in Primal Religions and Buddhism. Dialogical approach between inter-church, and inter-faiths, will be made to construct spirituality between the Cross and the Lotus. Christian meditation and Vipassana, so that a relevant and vital integrated spirituality will emerge as a Myanmar spirituality. Philosophy (Elective) An introduction of selected philosophical thoughts, especially the Platonic Tradition, which are crucial to the understanding of Systematic Theology. Also, particular focus will be on how classical Greek philosophy had been harnessed into theological constructions by the Church Fathers. Equal emphasis is also given to the events and thought of modern world (humanism, scientific revolution); the early modern philosophy (rationalism, empiricism and enlightenment) followed by Kants’ Philosophy of the Limits of Knowledge in the face of these philosophies. A brief examination of existentialist philosophy will also be made. Feminist Theology (Core Subject) A study of the different feminist theologies and womanist theology with emphasis on Asian feminist theology. Doctrine of Sin (Elective) This course takes a logical and analytical review of Sin in general and Original Sin in particular with a view to investigate deeper into the nature of sin and grounds of sin vis-à-vis the questionable historicity of the first supposed parents of humankind and their role in the genesis of Sin as recorded in Genesis and referred to in the Pauline epistles. This course reviews Original Sin from different angles such as biblical, theological, and
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philosophical and many world-reknown theologians and philosophers of different disciplines (Existentialist Philosophy and Process Philosophy) are consulted through their works (writings) to enable students form and opinion of their own. The primary aim and goal of this review-study of Original Sin is to broaden the scope of theological thinking and to strengthen a student’s faith in and commitment to God through an unexplored-yet (new) epistemological method and study of re-interpretation. This course heavily relies on the Lecturer’s work that is titles Original Sin Re-interpreted originally published in Chin in 1994. Religion and Violence: Conflict and Conspiracy (Elective) This course is designed to make students aware of violence – from domestic to political to international – that prevalent all over the world. Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Social and Biblical Perspectives (Elective) This course will focus on the biblical understanding of forgiveness and reconciliation. It will study in-depth the social and theological aspects of forgiveness. Seminar on Theological Research (Elective) To prepare M.Div/ M.Th candidates to write a thesis of substance and quality in an area of theological studies. We will focus on understanding, methods, processes, and procedures that are necessary to create publishable quality work. Women and Religion (Elective) This course investigates women’s religious practices and beliefs in a number of established religions focusing on patterns observable in a wide range of religious traditions, ancient and modern. Religions considered this semester include Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and traditional faiths. Feminist Spirituality, Sexuality, Ecclesiology (Elective) Feminist Theology is a theology of liberation. It covers concerns such as hermeneutics, ecclesiology, spirituality, and sexuality among others. In this course, the issues that will be raised will concern women’s understanding of body, spirit and of being church.

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Gospel and Culture (Elective) This course aims at increasing knowledge and understanding in the contextual disciplines and their different methodologies of the interrelations and mutual impacts of the Gospel and Culture. It also attempts to discover how the cross-cultural reality interacts, implies and reflects in the Bible, in the history of the Christian World Mission, and in the Christian experiences of Buddhist Myanmar. III. HISTORICAL AND MISSION STUDIES Church History: An Introduction (Core Subject) A study of the growth of the Church and its expansion beginning with the early Church to the down fall of the papacy and the challenge and defense of the Church during the Crusades. A study of the Protestant Reformation with special attention to its reformers and the results of the Reformation. Theology of World Mission (Core Subject) An intensive study of paradigm shift in theology of mission in the second half of 20th century. Contextualization, Inculturation, Gospel and Culture, Christianity in a Pluralistic Society, Liberation Theology, Third World Theology, are some major themes in this study. Ecumenics (Core Subject) This is an introductory course for Ecumenics. The course will begin with the rationale for studying Ecumenics, and trace the historical development of Ecumenical Movement from all Christian churches (Roman Catholic, Orthodox). A brief survey on the history of international ecumenical organizations like, World Council of Churches (WCC), regional ecumenical bodies like, Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), Myanmar Council of Churches (MCC), will be made and the theological significance of their series General Assemblies will be assessed. World Religions (Core Subject) The course is a general introductory study of religions of the world. The historical and doctrinal development of the world religions will be focused with the hope that the study will help the students for a productive dialogue with peoples of other faiths.
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Myanmar Church History (Core Subject) A study of the beginning and growth of the Churches and denominations affiliated to the Myanmar Council of Churches, with special emphasis on the Baptist Church. Church History II (Elective) A study of the various denominations in America and the beginning of the Missionary revival in the Nineteenth Century, continuing with modern developments down to the twentieth century and the ecumenical movement. Toward the 21st Century in Christian Mission (Elective) An intensive study of the resent crisis of Christian mission in Southeast Asia, through which the study will focus on mission in the first decade of the 21st century. The study will also analyze some missiological issues such as Contextualization in Mission, Forming Indigenous Theologies, Women in Mission, Mission and Social Justice, and Trends in World Evangelization. Trends of World Mission (Elective) A n introductory study of contemporary trends of missiology today. Emphasis is made on major trends such as pluralism, inclusivism, evangelism, fundamentalism, exclusivism. Mission in Asian Context (Elective) A study of mission trends in Asia with special emphasis on how Asian Christians can convey Good News effectively to their pluralistic society. Church and Society (Elective) The course will trace the relationship between Church and Society in the Bible and throughout the history of Christian Church. It will also discuss the sociology of Religion, and Theology of the Society. Concentration will be made on some prominent theologians in this field such as Walter Rauschenbusch, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Howard Yoder and M. M. Thomas, etc. The current situation of Myanmar society and the mission of the church will also be dealt with. Mission and Liberation (Elective) This course is intended to study the paradigm shifts in mission thinking,
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and to expore the relationship and interaction between mission and liberation in terms of salvation. The learner is expected to become the one who is able to participate in the liberating movement of Christian mission after learning the course. Buddhism (Elective) This course is designed to present a faithful and accurate account of Buddhism. The actual words of Buddha and his essential and fundamental teachings will be interpreted: the doctrines of the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Five Aggregates, the Karma, Rebirth Conditioned Genesis (Pitaccasa Muppada) and the doctrine of No-soul(Anatta). Evangelism and Discipleship (Elective) The course is designed to engage in historical, biblical, and theological study of evangelism and discipleship for students who hope to engage in the ministry or the church as missionaries, evangelists and church planters.

Field Education (Core Subject) This course is intended to promote integration between theological study and life, and to develop competency in ministry. Students are required to work in congregations and church sponsored organizations or local service programmes under experts or supervisors. A six-week internship during the summer vacation is required of all M.Div students. Foundational Issues of Christian Religious Education (Core Subject) This course is intended as an over all view of foundational issues in Christian Religions Education: Biblical foundations, Historical foundations, Theological foundations, Philosophical foundations, Sociological foundations, Psychological foundations, and Curricular foundations. Introduction to Pastoral Theology (Core Subject) An introduction to various aspects of Pastoral Theology and a theology of ministry in general. A study of historical development and biblical foundations to gain understanding of pastoral tradition and the
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contemporary needs. Pastoral roles and functions with attention to shepherding, caring, helping, healing and leading. The interrelationship of theory and practice is emphasized throughout the course. The reports are examined and discussed analytically in the class or in a small group. Teaching in the Church (Elective) This course seeks to help students become competent in various teaching skills using a developmental approach to teaching children, youth, and adult. This approach focuses on how persons learn in different ways, different contexts, and at different times of life. Models of Teaching (Elective) The purpose of this course is to involve students in two related areas: thinking about- how a variety of “Ways of knowing” contribute to learning and living as Christians; how teaching might help people “Know” in these various ways; developing and practicing different ways to teach, to help people “know” in relation to their Christian life and faith. Contemporary Theology and Education (Elective) The purpose of this course is to bring the fields of theology and religious education into dialogue. Specifically, the purpose is to study how different contemporary school or types of theology are related to the content and practice of religious education. Administrating Christian Religious Education (Elective) Strong leadership resources are one of the keys to an effective teaching ministry of the church. It can also generate enormous power to the programs of the church. Through this course participants are expected to learn, practice and discuss the roles of leadership which includes: administration, organization, coordination and controls. Early Childhood Development (Elective) This course seeks to equip students with both theory and practice in the development of children from an early stage so as to enable them to provide an effective Cradle Roll and Nursery Ministry. This would involve developing skills in nurturing Children and giving

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training to leaders and teachers forEarly Childhood Care and Development centres. Ministry with Children (Elective) To gain insight into the religious growth of children as to enable the church to minister and nurture children into the Christian faith. Ministry with Youth (Elective) This course seeks to prepare participants for effective work with youth in the area of Church’s youth ministry. This course also intends to provide participants with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to develop and implement a youth ministry. Ministry with Adults (Elective) This course seeks to equip students for effective and efficient work with the different groups of adults, in the area of the church’s adult ministry. This course will provide both theory and practice for the participants to develop and implement a comprehensive adult ministry. Ministry with Family (Elective) This course is designed to help students to explore into the different aspects of family life and search for the basic needs of families especially those of Myanmar. It is intended to prepare participants for an effective ministry with families. It requires the implementing of program towards the proposals for an ongoing family education. Parenting (Elective) The course is designed to involve students in the study of the present situation of parents in Myanmar, their challenges and ways of meeting their needs through program planning and practicum. The Work of the Educator (Elective) This course is an introduction to what a Christian educator is and does. The theological framework is the ministry of the laos or whole people of God. This course will be an integrating experience for students as draws on biblical, sociological and educational understandings in exploring the personal qualities, and capacities and resources needed for educational ministry in the contemporary congregation. Pastoral Care and Counseling (Elective)
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An introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling and observations of its goals, purposes, and methods. A study of basic psychology and its relations to theology and how its application. Counseling techniques and skills are studied and examined in the light of theology and practical life of counselee. Pastoral Leadership (Elective) A study on meaning, theories and various types of leadership. Biblical perspectives of Pastoral Leadership be studied and examined on selected biblical leaders: Moses, David, Nehemiah, Priestly, and Prophetic leadership in the Old Testament, and Jesus, Peter and Paul in the New Testament. Critical analysis of the contemporary Church Leadership with particular attention to Pastor, Board of Deacons, and Committee of the Church. Lectures, Paper presentations, and case studies. Church Management (Administrative Ministry) (Elective) A study of the meaning and scope of Church Management with its biblical foundations. The theories, concepts, and functions of Management are examined in the light of Christian perspectives. The nature and structure of organisations (see the Church as an organisation). Planning, organising, staffing, leading or directing, coordinating, controlling and evaluation with attention to meeting, decision making, delegation, motivation, communication, team work, group dynamics, and management of time, personal, finance and property. Worship and Liturgy (Elective) An introduction to Worship and Liturgy. A study of meaning, history, characteristics, psychology, theology and the importance of worship with particular attention to Protestant traditions. Different orders of worship services such as: Holy Communion, Baptism, Weddings, Funeral, and other Special Sundays are studied analytically in the light of theology and its practical effectiveness. Homiletics (Elective) The meaning and necessity of Preaching in Christian Ministry. A study of Biblical/ Theological foundations and types of Preaching. Structure and form of a sermon. The personal life of a preacher and steps of preparing a sermon. A study of arts of delivering a message. Practical preaching on a given text in the class and critical evaluation will be made.
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Church Music (Elective) The history of church music, reading music and choir conducting will be studied. V. LANGUAGE STUDIES Research Skills (Core Subject) Students doing graduate studies at MIT need to develop their study skills in general and research skills in particular. Study skills taught include Academic Reading Skills, Academic Writing Skills, Library Use and Research Skills. Academic Reading Skills will help students read more efficiently and quickly. Introductory Biblical Hebrew (Elective) Completion of Hebrew grammar and introduction to exegesis, using selected Old Testament passages. Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (Elective) Continuation of Hebrew Grammar and Syntax. Advanced Biblical Hebrew (Elective) Introduction of exegesis using selected Old Testament passages. Elementary New Testament Greek I (Elective) Introduction to grammar and vocabulary of the Greek New Testament. Elementary New Testament Greek II (Elective) Continues and presupposes Elementary New Testament Greek I. Elementary New Testament Greek III (Elective) Continues and presupposes Elementary New Testament Greek II Minority Language Education Training-of-Trainers Course Students will gain the competence, confidence, commitment and credibility to be facilitators for minority language communities who want to plan, implement and maintain their own community-centered MT literacy programs. Computer for Ministers (Elective) As we are in the age of information technology, computer and the knowledge on IT become tools to widen the resources for the students of all
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fields, including theology. Students will be introduced what the Information Technology is and be familiar with Computer Systems. Word processing, spread sheet, and computer-aided presentation will be taught. The students will get in-breadth knowledge about Internet, email, the components and their functions of a computer system, Bible software which provide commentary, keyword search, bible-verse search, atlas, etc. EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER The center was opened in 2003 for the nurturing of the children, age 3-4, of the Seminary neighbourhood. The center is a place of learning and play in a safe environment. Working parents are assured that the children will grow and develop under the care of their teachers. The center provides practical training for seminary students. JUDSON CENTER RESEARCH

The Board of Trustees of the Myanmar Institute of Theology voted in March 2002, to establish the Judson Research Center as part of the program of MIT. It was then inaugurated and dedicated on 13 July, 2003. Named after Dr. Adoniram and Mrs. Ann Judson, the first American Baptist missionaries to Myanmar (1813), the center’s primary goal and purpose is to study the relations of Christian to Theravada Buddhism, and to the primal religions of the ethnic peoples to bring about dialogue. The outcomes expected from this Center are not only to publish works in this field but also to instill into the souls of Christian leaders and lay people the necessity of the research works. The Center serves as a platform for theological educators, pastors, lay people, church leaders, theological students and scholars to participate in theological
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workshops, seminars and dialogues, and to conduct in-depth research into the rich existing resources of Myanmar. It provides various opportunities for scholars and others from different fields to engage themselves in the following areas of study and research: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) Histories of Christianity and Theravada Buddhism Christian-Buddhist Dialogue Christianity, primal Faiths and cultures of ethnic Minorities Church and Society Mission and Social Concerns Humanity and the Environment

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• Opening Convocation • Orientation and Registration • Classes Begin • Freshers Welcome • MIT Prayer Day • MIT Sunday • Reading Period and First-Term Exams • Semester Break • Ecumenical Conference • BARS Baccalaureate Service • BARS Graduation • School Re-opening • First-Draft of Thesis • Christmas Cantata • Christmas Fun Fete • Christmas Holidays • School Re-opening • Deadline for Application • Reading Period and Exams for Seniors • Reading Period and Exams for Middlers and Juniors • Thesis Typed and Bound • Board of Trustees Meeting February 21- March 04, 2005 February 22, 2005 (Tuesday) February 25, 2005 (Friday)
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May 30, 2004 (Sunday 06:00 pm) May 31, 2004 (Monday 09:00 am) June 1, 2004 (Tuesday) June 5, 2004 (Saturday) July 9, 2004 (Friday) September 19, 2004 (Sunday) September 27-29, 2004 October 4 - October 17, 2004 September 30 – October 1, 2004 September 26, 2004 (Sunday) October 2, 2004 (Saturday) October 18, 2004 (Monday) October 29, 2004 (Friday) November 27, 2004 (Saturday) December 4, 2004 (Saturday) December 13, 2004 – January 5, 2005 January 5, 2005 (Wednesday) January 31, 2005 (Monday) February 14-28, 2005

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• Entrance Exams: MACS • Entrance Exams: M.Div/ MTS/ M.Th • Baccalaureate Service • Graduation Day • Planning Workshop February 28, 2005 (Monday) February 27, 2005 (Sunday) March 02, 2005 (Wednesday) March 07, 2005 (Monday) February 26, 2005 (Saturday)

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