Bachelor in Theology and Leadership

A study that gives you relevant expertise in what you are passionate about.

Program structure

Full-time students who are residents in Norway will follow a structured study program comprised of 30 credits/ECTS per semester for 3 years, making a total of 180 credits/ECTS, distributed among the following modules:

  • Basic studies in Christianity (60 credits ECTS)
  • One-year study in Pastoral Leadership (60 ECTS)
  • Internship (20 ECTS)
  • Advanced courses (40 ECTS)

Our full-time study program is designed in a flexible way providing students with an optimal balance between classroom teaching and self-study. The modules are made up of different courses and each course takes most often six weeks to complete. Lectures at HLT usually take place in the first, third and fourth week of each course. We also have other activities such as Chapel, Holy Communion services, and extra time to interact with other students or HLT staff during lecture weeks. Participation in Chapel and Holy Communion services is voluntary, but we encourage participation in these practices since they build fellowship and provide students with the opportunity to practice their faith.

The progression of the program can be described in the following manner:

Basic Studies in Christianity consists of 60 credits/ECTS that introduce students to Christian theology, church history, Christian spirituality, the major world religions and contemporary ethics. This is followed by 60 credits/ECTS in basic pastoral leadership subjects. The study program also includes 20 credits/ECTS of internship. Finally, the study program consists of 40 credits/ECTS Advanced courses, which provide the program with the necessary depth. KRI2110E Research, Method and Design (10 credits/ECTS) and KRI2120E Bachelor Thesis (10 credits/ECTS) are compulsory subjects for all bachelor students. The course in research methodology provides a practical introduction to thesis writing and is taught in the Autumn semester. The bachelor thesis is thus usually placed in the Spring semester. Together with the one-year units in Christianity and Pastoral Leadership, the advanced courses fulfil the necessary requirement of 80 ECTS within the primary field of study. The advanced courses also meet the requirement of a minimum of 20 credits at the 2000 level.

The main objective of the study

The program’s main objective is to provide an introduction to Christian theology, history and practice, and to train students to meet the leadership challenges related to the leadership of churches and volunteer organizations.

Target group and admission requirements

The primary target group is students who want to work as leaders within churches/congregations and volunteer organizations. Secondarily, the program is for those who want to work with value-based leadership and teaching in the public and private sector. The program qualifies students for further/postgraduate studies in both theology and leadership.
HLT uses the same admissions criteria as NOKUT (the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) for students who wish to study at higher-education level (bachelor degree and above) in Norway. These criteria relate to both educational background and language proficiency and differs from country to country. Therefore, new applicants need to check the requirements for their respective country by studying the information on NOKUT’s webpage.
For individuals with relevant work experience (for example previous volunteer work in churches), it may be possible to be enrolled based on individual evaluation (Mature student program). See the school’s admission regulations available on our website for further details.

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