The Master’s Degree (MTh) in Spirituality conducted by the Indian Institute of Spirituality, in association with St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, provides the students with opportunities to specialize in the spiritualities of the East and the West. This course is intended to train the students for scientific research and prepares them to teach theology, with the specialization in Spiritual Theology, in seminaries, in institutions of higher learning and in houses of formation. The master’s degree in Spirituality, offered by Indian Institute of Spirituality, comprises of 2 years rigorous research and study. During this period students reside in the Institute. The course, which is conducted on a cyclical basis, consists of lectures, tutorial, seminars, field work, learning of foreign languages and the furnishing of a scientific dissertation, which is to be defended at the end of the course. It offers opportunities to the students for personal study and research under the guidance of competent professors. The courses and examinations are jointly conducted by both St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute and the Indian Institute of Spirituality. The degrees offered by the Institute at the completion of the course qualify the candidates for admission to the Doctoral Study in any ecclesiastical faculty of theology in India and abroad.
Courses offered at IIS for Master’s in Spiritual Theology (MTh)
|Title of the Course||Professor||Credit|
|Research Methodology||Dr. Eugene Newman Joseph||1|
|Basic Concepts in Spirituality||Dr. Joe Cherolickal, msfs||1|
|Eucharistic Spirituality||Dr. Benny Koottanal, msfs||2|
|Introduction to Liturgy||Dr Sibichen Kochuveedu, msfs|
|History of Spirituality (Modern)||Dr. Joe Cherolickal, msfs||2|
|History of Spirituality (Contemporary)||Dr. Henry Jose Kodikuthiyil, msfs||2|
|Mission in the Bible (Part II)||Dr. Lucien Legrand, mep||1|
|Johannine Spirituality||Dr. Paul Kunjanayil, mcbs||2|
|Patristic Spirituality||Dr. Xavier Terrence||2|
|Special Questions in the Theology of Trinity||Dr. Jacob Parappally, msfs||2|
|Carmelite Spirituality||Dr. Gregory D’Souza, ocd||1|
|Special Questions in Spirituality & Morality||Dr. Joe Cherolickal, msfs||1|
|Psycho-Spiritual Integration||Dr. George Manalel, mcbs||1|
|Mariology||Dr. Jacob Parappally, msfs||1|
|New Religious Movements||Dr. Bosco Antony Ryan||1|
|A New Pedagogy for an Integral Formation||Fr. Joe Benedict Mathias, sj||1|
|Wisdom Spirituality||Dr. James Pius||1|
|Leadership and Decision Making||Dr. Binu Edathumparmabil, msfs||1|
|Title of the Course||Professor||Credit|
|History of Spirituality (Ancient)||Dr. Thomas Vazhacharickal||2|
|History of Spirituality(Medieval)||Dr. Baptist Rodrigues||2|
|Mission in the Bible (Part I)||Dr. Lucien Legrand, mep||1|
|Spirituality of the Psalms||Dr. Thomas Vallianippuram||2|
|Spirituality of the Book of Revelation||Dr. Johnson Puthussery, cst||1|
|Spirituality of the Letter to the Romans||Dr. Jose Maniparampil||2|
|Mysticism||Dr. Maria Antony||1|
|Benedictine Spirituality||Abbot John Kurichianil, osb||1|
|God in Koran||Miss Fatima Sarah||1|
|Eco-Spirituality||Dr. Henry Jose Kodikuthiyil, msfs||1|
|Special Questions in Christology||Dr. Jacob Parappally, msfs||2|
|Pastoral Psychology & Counselling||Dr. Thomas John Paarrael||2|
|Spirituality and Science||Dr. Augustine Pamplany, cst||1|
|Prophetic Spirituality||Dr. Joy Painadath||1|
In addition to the above-mentioned courses students are expected to present two scientific papers as part of seminars during the course of their research. The seminars are conducted on relevant topics that are not included in the regular academic programme. Experts on the theme are invited to give input talks and orientation. The topic would be suggested to the students by the academic board after sufficient consultations and study. The seminar would be equal to a two credit course.
Every M.Th student is expected to have the basic knowledge of the classic language ‘Latin’ and one of the modern languages, such as, German, Spanish, Italian or French. Mastery of these languages is expected to enable the students to have direct access to the sources and to help them widen their horizon of original thinking. IIS, in association with St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, offers these courses on regular basis.
Evaluation of the Course:
The evaluation of the course takes place by taking into account the participation of the student in the class, seminars, assignments, and the comprehension of the subject by means of oral and written tests. It is advisable that the professor gives class-tests or assignments during the course of lectures and considers the performance of the students in these for determining the final grade in the examination at the end of the course. The pass mark is 40% for courses and seminars. Students are not allowed, without the professor’s authorization and the due knowledge of the dean of studies, to be absent from an oral or written examination for a course or to hand in a term paper later than the prescribed date. Non-observance of this regulation will mean failure in the course.
The Dissertation or the Scientific Research Paper forms a major scheme of the Master’s Degree in Spiritual Theology. Through the Scientific Research Paper the student is not only introduced into the art of scientific presentation of a theme, but also helped to specialize in a field of interest within the scope of Spiritual Theology. The research will be done under the able guidance of a qualified professor, who would constantly accompany the student through his/her expertise, timely evaluations and corrections. The MTh dissertation consists of a minimum of 100 pages and a maximum of 200 pages.
Contextual Spirituality: Study Tour to Banaras (Varanasi) and to South India
Considering the need to integrate oneself into a holistic personality, Indian Institute of Spirituality is organizing a live-in experience of two weeks for the post-graduate students, firstly, among the villagers of Kasi (Varanasi), and in the city of light, Varanasi itself. It would be a practical experience especially with the group of Krist-Bhaktas. It would be an experiential learning by following the life-style of the local people in an ashram context, completely adapting oneself to the people’s living conditions, sharing their food, facilities and thus learning contextually the meaning of spirituality. The experience would include classes on Indian Spirituality, visiting the villages, conducting meditations, Satsangh and meeting the Krist-Bhaktas. This study-tour also would undertake visting holy places and cultural heritages of the City of Light.
Understanding the fact that spirituality involves the integration of heart and mind, knowledge and experience, IIS organizes yet another pilgrimage through south India visiting some of the kern spiritual centres, both of Hindu and Christian tradditions. It would be a praxis-oriented experiential pilgrimage which would deepen the academic knowledge attained through the classes, thus helping the student to arrive at holistic spirituality.
Admission to the MTh course is open to those who already possess a degree in BTh with at least second class in Theology, the eligibility of which will be adjudged by the competent authorities of the Institute. In case of necessity, the candidate should pass a qualifying examination conducted by the Institute.
Working days and Holidays
IIS has five working days a week. Saturday and Sunday are without the regular classes. These days are considered study days to be used for extra-reading in the field of the subjects that are being treated in the classes to supplement and to acquire a deeper understanding of the same. This time could also be partly used for extra-curricular activities that will enhance one’s personal development. The occurrence of more than one holiday a week will make the Saturday of the week a working day.
|1st Year||Residents||Rs. 60,500||Registration, ID card, Handbook||500|
|Internet & Library Fee||5,000|
|Board & Lodging||36,500|
|2nd Year||Residents||Rs. 60,100||Handbook||100|
|Internet & Library Fee||5,000|
|Board & Lodge||36,500|
IIS offers partial scholarship to its registered students. To be eligible for the same the students have to comply with the norms and regulations of registration within the stipulated time. The scholarship money is distributed to students at the end of the academic year.