Study at ETCAsia

College Life

Our commitment to ministry of the word is not just notional. It shapes our life together. This means that as we seek to prepare people for ministry of the word, we ourselves will gather around the word together regularly and in a variety of ways. We will hear from God’s word together regularly as a college community, in small groups, and one-to-one. Together we will learn from God and mutually edify each other through study, reflection, and involvement in ministry together.

We do not just want you to know the Scriptures well. We want you to know God better and to develop lifelong relationships with others who have a similar gospel mindset. This means that our life in college will not simply be an academic one. It will be one which fosters thoughtful, enduring and committed relationships that are centred on prayer, hearing God’s word together, and learning to love each other even as God has loved us in Christ.

One of the great advantages of a smaller college is access to faculty. The faculty at ETCAsia have been chosen not only because of their academic ability but also because of their extended experience in pastoral and word of God ministry. We hope that you will make use of your access to faculty so that together we might develop as Bible-formed shepherds of God’s people.

Programmes Offered

Although the intention of the college is to eventually offer a full suite of undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees (and certainly aim for our degrees to open the door for further study), we will initially offer the following three diplomas/degrees.

  • Graduate Diploma of Ministry (GradDipMin): A 1-year graduate diploma.
  • Bachelor of Theology (BTh): A 3.5-year undergraduate degree.
  • Master of Divinity (MDiv): A graduate degree for those with previous undergraduate qualifications.

The GradDipMin equates to the first year of the MDiv (with some elective subjects allowed from later years) and may be completed part-time or as evening courses, within a span of 5 years. Although it is expected that the MDiv will generally only be completed on a fulltime basis, in certain circumstances arrangements may be made for it to be completed either part-time or a mix of full and part-time. 

Online programs for GDM, BTh and MDiv are also available to qualified students from Southeast Asia countries. For more details, please refer to the Online Program page.

Besides, the aforementioned programs, the college also offers a Certificate in Expository Ministry (CEGM) for lay ministry workers. For more details, please refer to the CEGM page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Among the frequently asked questions asked about study at ETCAsia are the following:

Q: What courses, if any, are offered part time or the evening?

A: All the diplomas/degrees that we presently offer can be completed part time as well as full time. While we will offer the core subjects in the evening on a rotating basis (probably between 7 and 9:30pm on a weeknight evening), completion of elective subjects will probably need to be done during the day or at another institution.

Q: What are the ‘core subjects’?

A: Old Testament I and II; New Testament I and II; Introduction to Biblical Theology; Foundations of Systematic Theology; Principles of Interpretation (and for the MDiv, Greek 1A and B).

Q: Will you offer cross-accreditation from other institutions?

A: Generally, on key subjects this should be feasible. However, this will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. If you have other questions, feel free to use our contact form on the front page of the website, or email


ETCAsia is an associate member of the Asia Theological Association and is pursuing accreditation with them. The process of application can take three or more years but it is expected that it will be finalised by the time our first students graduate from full-time degree courses.