Courses Offered


Our courses are designed to train ministers according to the vision of the diocese. They are also designed to fulfill part of the licensing and ordination requirements of the Anglican Diocese of Sabah. While academic excellence is our aim, these courses are not intended to produce academic theologians in the first instance. Instead we aim to produce men and women whom are faithful and fruitful in their ministry.


Certificate of Theology (C.Th)


Duration1-2 years


Entry requirements

Pass Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) with 3 credits which must include Bahasa Malaysia or English


     The certificate level modules are tailored to meet the needs of the church, to form the foundations for the Diploma of Theology programme, and to enable secondary school leavers to enter into tertiary education at a level which is suited to their academic standard. The Certificate of Theology programme, therefore, aims to equip students with adequate knowledge and skills, as well as spiritual maturity for the church ministry. ATI puts great emphasis on this formative level of training by ensuring both the design of the modules and its delivery help students to form a deep spirituality and firm biblical foundations. Church members are encouraged to enrol for modules at this level. This will enable them to be equipped for ministry. Besides earning credits, they can mix and match modules as they like.
Modules Credit hours
Research and Writing Skills 1 1
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality 2
Basic Christianity 2
The Spirit-filled Life 3
How to Pray Effectively 2
Introduction to the Bible 2
Ministry in Sabah and Malaysia 2
Knowing God 2
The Gospel of Mark 2
The Pauline Letters 2
The Pentateuch 2
The Prophets 2
Worship Leading 2
Church and Sacraments 2
Basic Evangelism and Nurturing 2
How to Counsel Effectively 2
Basic Preaching 2
Pastoral Leadership 1 2

Subject to change without notice

Diploma of Theology (Dip.Th)


The Diploma of Theology modules are designed to build on top of the certificate programme. Students are required to integrate their learning and begin to demonstrate the ability to analyse and theologise. At this level, the students will gain a complete picture of the Bible and its contents, the basic theological and doctrinal concepts about God, Christ and salvation in historical context, and a set of pastoral leadership and ministry skills, which would enable him or her to function as ministry leader in the local church context. It is at this stage that the students are required to achieve satisfactory academic standard in order to be eligible for the next level. Duration1-2 years


Entry requirements

Certificate of Theology (minimum CGPA 3.0)



Modules Credit hours
Research and Writing Skills 2 1
Acts of the Apostles 2
The Latter Letters 2
The History Books 2
Gospel and Epistles of John 2
Evangelism Mobilisation 2
Early Church History 2
Reformation Church History 2
Christ and Salvation 2
The Anglican Church 3
Interpretation of the Bible 2
New Testament Survey 2
Old Testament Survey 2
Christian Spiritualities 2
Apologetics and Evangelism 2
Deliverance and Spiritual Warfare 3
Pastoral Leadership 2 3

Subject to change without notice



Bachelor of Theology (B.Th)


Duration1-2 years


Entry requirements

Diploma of Theology (minimum CGPA 3.0)


The Bachelor of Theology modules utilise the knowledge, experiences and skills gained in the Certificate and Diploma level, and integrate them with the degree level biblical, theological and pastoral leadership modules. Modules at this level are specialised subjects meant for ministry leaders, especially ordinands and pastors who would lead a church or a ministry. Students will be trained to be critical in their thinking, while also faithful, passionate, loving, humble, courageous and fruitful. Issues of the highest degree of significance related to pastoring a church will be dealt with at this level, equipping the students to graduate with confidence, having mastered various practical ministry as well as various academic disciplines. They will also have clarity in their vocation and prepared to lead and serve.
Modules Credit hours
Biblical Greek 2
Hermeneutics 3
Advanced New Testament Studies 3
Advanced Old Testament Studies 3
Corinthians 2
Christian Theology 1 3
Christian Theology 2 3
Homiletics 2
Worship and Liturgy 2
Pastoral Leadership 3 2
Pastoral Leadership 4 2
Mission and Context 3
Biblical Hebrew 2
Christian Theology 3 3
Deuteronomy or Isaiah 3
Psalms and Wisdom Literature 3
The Book of Revelation 3
Educating the Saints 2
Ethics 3
Culture and Christianity 3
Philosophy – History and Contemporary Issues 3
Mission in Malaysian Religious Context 2
The Holy Spirit & Spiritual Gifts 3

Subject to change without notice


Teaching Methods


You are expected to take charge of your learning by studying independently. While different levels and fields of study will have different teaching methods, these are the usual teaching methods of ATI:

  • Lectures / Classes
  • Guided studies / Supervisions
  • Practical / On-the-job training
  • Seminars
  • Field trips / Mission trips




Permission to audit a module is required from the Registrar. The class size and your academic performance will be considered before approval is granted. Auditing students will get copies of printed material distributed to the class, and occasional opportunity to ask questions in class. However, auditing students are not permitted to participate in classroom exercises / presentations and will not be reviewed / graded in assignments / examinations. Auditing students do not receive academic credit or transcript.


Transfer of Credits


If you have taken a similar course from an accredited and recognised institution, you can request to transfer credits into your current programme. The criteria for transfer of credits include:

  • Level, content and comparability of the course taken
  • Applicability of the course to your current programme
  • Your performance in the course taken

The transferred credit does not appear in your transcript and are not computed in your cumulative GPA. You may still be required to do additional work, after being granted transfer of credits, if the work previously completed is not of a standard equivalent to that of ATI.



Grading System


ATI uses a standard grading system to all evaluations and assessments. Your academic performance at the end of each semester is shown by computing an average of the grades you received during that semester (grade point average, GPA). From semester two onwards, your cumulative grade point average (CGPA) will be computed to show your progress.


GPA Points Marks Descriptor
A 4.00 80 and above Excellent
A- 3.67 75-79 Very Good
B+ 3.33 70-74
B 3.00 65-69 Good
B- 2.67 60-64
C+ 2.33 55-59 Satisfactory
C 2.00 50-54
D+ 1.50 45-49 Conditional Pass*
D 1.00 40-44
F 0.00 0-39 Fail

*Conditional pass subject to CGPA equals or greater than 2.00


Graduation Requirements


The minimum credit hours required for graduation are as follows:

  • C.Th – 36 credit hours
  • Dip.Th – 72 credit hours (C.Th + 36 credit hours)
  • B.Th – 108 credit hours (Dip.Th + 36 credit hours)


A minimum CGPA of 2.00 is required for graduation with a C.Th, Dip.Th and B.Th.


All tuition and other charges must be paid in full by the deadline given in order to receive graduation clearance.




ATI has been an Associate Member of the Asia Theological Association (ATA) since 2013. Both C.Th and Dip.Th Programmes have been accredited by ATA since 2015. With the first batch of B.Th graduates expected in 2017, B.Th Programme is expected to received accreditation soon after.

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