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Programmes

The Degree Programme

The formal beginning of the degree programme in February 1997 was indeed a very important moment in the history and academic life of the College. As the realisation of a vision, the inception of the degree programme represented the culmination of years of planning and organisation. The event marked the final phase in the transformation of the College into becoming a tertiary institution, demonstrating the ability of the College to develop its institutional objectives and to widen its academic horizons. As a huge educational undertaking, the continuation of the new venture will require continuous support and commitment from the Church, Faculty members, and students of the College.

With the opportunity to undertake degree courses, students are now offered a broad spectrum of courses in their second, third, and the fourth year of the degree programme. The elective papers offered under the degree programme cover a wide range of courses from the immediately practical through to the more philosophical papers. Although the degree programme offers a wide choice of courses and the possibility for specialisation in any given field of the biblical and theological studies, the programmes offered continue to emphasis the development of basic practical skills relevant to any given pastoral ministry. The development of sound interpretative, analytical and reasoning skills are therefore the primary focus of the compulsory component of core courses taught in the four years, especially within the student’s first year of study. Other practical skills are developed through compulsory courses in preaching such as the ‘Sermon Class’ in the second year, and the Pastoral Field Education Practicum course in the third year.

The end of 1999 witnessed the first graduation of Malua Students with degrees (Bachelor of Divinity & Bachelor of Theology), a historic moment in the history of Malua Theological College.  During the same graduation service, then Principal, Rev. Dr Otele Perelini was awarded the first Church Professorship of the College, another historic moment in the life of the College. The retirement of Professor Perelini marked ten years since the College began conferring its degrees.

As in any ongoing venture of this kind, there is always the challenge to maintain its momentum and adapt to the changing circumstances. This need was encountered in 2010 when the Principal at the time, Rev. Dr. Afereti Uili, set in motion a major review of the College’s academic programmes.

As the result of the review undertaken, Rev. Ma’afala Limā – the current Principal – is determined to adapt Malua to the changing circumstances in terms of the quality assurance of its programmes without losing sight of the core values upon which the College was established. Hence, the inception of the alignment of the College’s programmes to the new accreditation standards set by the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools (SPATS) and the registration and accreditation of the College’s programmes under the Samoa Qualification Authority (SQA) as per the law of the land.

To that extent, Malua has adapted its programmes, beginning in 2017, to reflect one of the contemporary factors of the Accreditation guidelines approved by the SPATS Council in 2016, a factor quite similar to the guidelines attested by the SQA. Credits and levels have been allocated and approved by the Principal and Staff for each of the three programmes offered by the College, a departure from the required number of courses to complete a programme as it was in the past. This recent venture is primarily to align Malua’s programmes with all the theological schools in the Pacific and the world. It also takes into account all the activities set out for both inside and outside of the classroom a student should participate in. These include worship activities, preaching assignments, sports, community works and others.

Thus, a student in the Diploma of Theology (Level VI) will require to attain 370 credits, 460 credits for the Bachelor of Theology (Level VII) and 480 credits for the Bachelor of Divinity with Honours (Level VIII). The accreditation of Malua’s programmes by SPATS was successfully completed in July 2018, endorsing all three programmes for the next six (6) years. The SQA accreditation process continues today.  

Admission to Study at Malua

The Admission policies and Requirements for Graduation are initiated by the Principal, Vice Principal, and Lecturers subject to the approval of the MTC Board.

Malua Entrance Exam:

    1. All intended candidates (21 years and above) for MTC are to be firstly approved by the Elders’ Committee and then the CCCS General Assembly before they take the entrance exam.
    2. The Entrance Exam is held annually in the month of August at District (Matagaluega) locations approved by the Board. Locations are set in the United States, Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand. For Samoa, the exam is held at the MTC campus. There are two days assigned for the exam.
    3. The entrance exam consists of three papers. All intended candidates are tested on their general knowledge of selected Old Testament and New Testament books approved by the Principal, Vice Principal and the Faculty. Candidates are also tested on their knowledge of the English language to the Year 13 level. Exam papers are normally set at the ratio of 50:50 in Samoan and English.
    4. Successful candidates must gain at least 50% in each of the three papers.

Diploma of Theology

Diploma of Theology (Level VI)

Admission: intending students must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Gain a pass in the MTC Entrance Examination; and
  2. Be approved by the Board to study at the College.

 

Requirements for Graduation:

The Diploma of Theology (Level VI) shall be awarded by the College to candidates who have satisfied the following requirements:

  1. reside in the College campus during the required time of study; and
  2. attained three hundred and seventy (370) credits from completing forty-three (43) courses; and
  3. satisfactorily completed all requirements of Extra Curricula Activities specified for the programme; and
  4. paid in full all fees and debts owed to the college.

Note: Special conditions may arise in individual cases where the Faculty reserves the right to make necessary alterations to the above requirements depending on its assessment of each case.

Bachelor of Theology

Bachelor of Theology (Level VII)

Admission:  intending students must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

  1. Be Graduates of Malua Theological College with a Diploma of Theology (Level VI) awarded by the College. A Student with a Diploma of Theology (Level VI) is required to attain 120 credits (equivalent of 10 courses) in Level 7.  The final decision concerning the admissibility of any applicant depends, on an assessment by the Faculty of that person’s ability and reasonable probability of success in the Bachelor of Theology (Level VII) programme.
  2. Be Graduates or Students of the College with qualifications (other than a Bachelor of Theology) conferred by Tertiary Institutions recognised by the College. Instead of taking the Bachelor of Divinity with Honours (Level VIII) programme, some graduates may wish to enrol in the Bachelor of Theology (Level VII) programme. Such a student may apply for admission to the programme under this provision. Applicants must, however, be either graduates or students of Malua at the time of application.
  3. Admission into the Bachelor of Theology program requires that a student, at the end of the Foundation Year gains a pass of at least 70% or B in ALL of the 14 foundation year courses. From the second to the fourth year, a student must achieve a satisfactory pass of at least 60% or C+ per course but must maintain an aggregate term average of at least 75% or B+ in order to remain in the BTh (Level VII) Programme. 

Requirements for Graduation

The degree of Bachelor of Theology (Level VII) shall be conferred by the College on those candidates who have satisfied the following requirements:

  1. resided in the College campus during the required time of study; or otherwise fulfilled admission rule one (1) above; and,
  2. satisfied all requirements for the degree, i.e., attained four hundred and sixty (460) credits from completing fifty-five (55) courses and in accordance with the specified structure of the programme; and
    1. Note: A BTh (VII) Student who takes the option of writing a thesis is required to complete only fifty-four (54) courses. That is, take only one elective course in the final year of study. Students who do not write theses are required to take two electives and must attend THSS 403A.
  3. satisfactorily completed all requirements of Extra Curricula Activities specified for the programme; and
  4. paid in full all fees and debts owed to the college.

Bachelor of Divinity with Honours

Bachelor of Divinity with Honours (Level VIII)

Admission: intending students must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

  1.  Be Graduates of Malua Theological College with a Diploma of Theology (Level VI) or a Bachelor of Theology (Level VII) awarded by the College.
    1. A Student with a Diploma of Theology (Level VI) is required to attain 120 credits (equivalent of 10 courses) in Level 7 and 120 credits in Level 8 which includes a thesis.
    2. A Student with a Bachelor of Theology (Level VII) is required to attain 120 credits in Level 8 which includes a thesis.
    3. Intending students must have successfully completed the DipTh or BTh programmes. However, those who apply for admission under this provision may be considered admissible only if they, in the opinion of the Faculty, have reasonable likelihood of success in the programme.
  2. Be Students of the College with Degrees conferred by Tertiary Institutions recognised by the College who at the end of the Foundation Year gains a pass of at least 70% or B in all of the 14 foundation year courses.
    1. From the second to the fourth year, a student must achieve a satisfactory pass of at least 60% or C+ per course but must maintain an aggregate term average of at least 75% or B+ in order to remain in the BD (VIII) Programme.
  3. Special Admission.
    1. The Faculty reserves the right to exercise its discretion in respect of the admission of other applicants as in its opinion, have achieved sufficient relevant experience and academic qualifications to enable them to undertake the programme with a reasonable chance of success. It should be noted that the admission of applicants based upon this provision must also comply with the following requirements for graduation.

Requirements for Graduation

The degree of Bachelor of Divinity with Honours (Level VIII) shall be conferred by the College only on those candidates who have satisfied the following requirements:

  • resided in the College campus during the required time of study; or otherwise fulfilled policies rule one (1) above; and,
  • satisfied all requirements for the degree, i.e., attained four hundred and eighty (480) credits from completing fifty six (56) courses and at least 120 credits at Level 8 and in accordance with the specified programme structure and curriculum requirements; and
  • satisfactorily completed all requirements of Extra Curricula Activities specified for the programme; and
  • paid in full all fees and debts owed to the college.

Women's Programme

‘Partnership in mission,’ is valued by the College, and thus is committed to the practical and theological training of students’ wives. This model is viewed as the most appropriate platform of the current ministry of the CCCS, both in Samoa and overseas. The aim of the Women’s Programme is:

  1. to assist women to grow and develop as persons; and
  2. to create an awareness and appreciation of themselves as partners alongside their husbands in the ministry; and
  3. to see themselves and their husbands as complementary partners in the mission field.

Collective worship is held every Wednesday evening. This is also an important occasion for the women to share their experiences and discuss matters pertaining to the life of women in the College. As intelligent, responsible, and creative people, women of the College undoubtedly have made and will continue to make a remarkably significant and positive contribution to the ministry of the Church and the welfare of society.

 

Women's Theological Education

In addition to and complementing the practical training provided by the Women’s Programme, the College is also committed to the theological education of students’ wives. Affirming the principle of ‘partnership in mission,’ the aim is to provide quality theological education that recognizes, nurtures, engages, and develops the creative intellectual potential of student wives. 
As part of the ongoing development of the College, student wives are given the opportunity to undertake academic studies through courses offered by the College throughout the year. They can fully participate in the educational programmes approved by Faculty, taking a range of courses in the four basic areas of theological education: Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History, and Practical Theology. 

These four areas of study should equip women to:

  1. become familiar with Christian Scriptures as an essential foundation for creative theological thinking and an innovative spirituality for ministry in the Church; and
  2. prepare a syllabus or manual for instruction in Christian education; and
  3. engage contemporary issues and realities of church ministry, developing a clear view of their potential roles and contributions in the church ministries awaiting them.

The College shall continue to commit itself entirely to the principles of equity and equal opportunity by encouraging student wives to explore and appreciate the benefits of obtaining a sound theological education, by means of undertaking courses on offer.

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Publications

The College releases its bi-annual newsletter I’uleo o le Maluapapa (The Echo of the Rock-Founded Malua) during the Fono Tele and at the Malua Graduation each year. Events and activities in the life and work of the College throughout the year are reported through these publications. The Samoan language is mostly used for these publications, although some reflections and news articles are written in English from time to time.

The College recently introduced its fourth edition of The Malua Journal, a collection of articles and papers presented by members of the Faculty, during the annual Minister’s Fellowship, as well as at international conferences during the year. This annual publication continues as significant source of theological discourse and critical knowledge.