There are multiple options available to get an overview of the lectures that are scheduled for the course.

Our Academic Calendar 2020/2021 shows the weekly study plan for each semester. Fall semester begins in late August and lasts until mid January. Spring semester is from the middle of January until the beginning of June. There is no study session during summer holidays in July.

2021/2022 weekly study plan

Class Schedule

The schedule provides a detailed plan of the lectures that take place during the study week for every course. Each page shows the lectures for one study session.

Schedule by study groups  (In SIS system Tahvel)

Theology and Mission curriculum

Learning about God is the heart of theology.

Mission is to bring a life changing experience with God to the world around us.

Our Theology and Mission curriculum is a 3-year (180 EAP) applied higher education program giving a bachelor’s degree. We want to help you know God better and be prepared to let the world experience Him through you.

The Basic Christian Studies program involves completing one year (minimum 45 EAP) of courses from the Theology and Mission curriculum. These courses provide basic knowledge of Christian theology, the Bible and biblical studies, as well as basic skills to apply what you have learned in your congregation and society. You can find more information on the Basic Christian Studies program here.

Our Theology and Mission curriculum seeks to balance developing your understanding of the God revealed in the Bible, as He has been known and experienced through the centuries, with developing your ability to share this God with your community and the wider world, taking into account the needs and the cultural and social context of each community.

Our curriculum is built around three primary topics

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Systematic Theology and Church History (64 EAP)

Learn to better understand who God is and how He has been understood by believers in different times and places. This includes courses such as:

Systematic Theology I & II – what do Christians really believe?
The Church from the Enlightenment to Today – how has the church developed in a changing world?
Denominational Studies – what do different Churches have in common? How are we different?
Ethics – how do we make moral decisions?
Apologetics – how can I answer difficult questions asked about my faith?
Introduction to Missiology – what is the mission of the church?
Cultural Anthropology for Christian Missions – how to do mission in unique cultural contexts?
and much more!

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Biblical Studies (57 EAP)

Learn to understand the Bible at a deeper level and to study it for yourself so that you can share the message with others. This includes courses such as:

Old and New Testament Survey – how does the unifying salvation message develop throughout the Bible?
Inductive Bible Study: Mark, Exodus and Romans – learn to follow the plot of the biblical books to gain a deeper understanding
Old Testament Prophets – what do these spirit-filled individuals say to us today?
Jesus in the Gospels – spend time getting to know Jesus like never before
Biblical Hermeneutics I & II – how can I study the Bible with integrity and faithfulness?
New Testament Greek I & II – appreciate the Bible as never before by reading it in the language in which the New Testament was written.
and much more!

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Learn the tools and develop the skills to bring the message of the Gospel to the people around you. This includes courses such as:

Evangelism & Discipleship – how to bring someone into an expanding life of faith?
Pastoral Care & Counselling – how can I help a friend who is struggling?
Spiritual Formation I-VI – first priority: how do I grow closer to God?
Theology of Worship – how do church services glorify God?
Foundations of Diaconal Ministry – where does helping the poor fit in the mission of God?
Life-long Learning in the Congregation – how to have a congregation that grows deeper in its understanding of faith?
Homiletics I & II – can I become a preacher?
Foundations of Pastoral Leadership – what does it take to lead a successful congregation?
Ministry Practicum I-III – gain experience and courage to serve God
and much more!

The Theology and Mission program is offered in three parallel curricula based on the student's choice of study language: Estonian (curriculum code 121657), English (121658) or Russian (121659).

The curriculum also includes a number of General Courses, Electives and the completion of a Diploma Paper or Diploma Project. The full curriculum can be seen in Estonian and English on the Study Informational System TAHVEL. The Russian language curriculum can be seen online here.

If this program of study speaks to your heart, click here to apply to join us.


1. General

1.1. Academic Regulations is a basic document regulating studies and all issues concerning educational activities in the Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary (henceforth the Seminary).

1.2. Following the Academic Regulations is mandatory for all seminary faculty, staff, and students.

1.3. The Academic Regulations, including changes and additions, are confirmed by the Academic Council.

1.4. Rector’s Council has the right to establish additional regulations for the academic work of the Seminary.


The Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary offers students:

Academic counselling to help students in questions about the curriculum and general study issues.
Provided by the Registrar from Tuesday through Friday 10.00-14.00.
Telephone: 66 88 467, e-mail: seminar®

APEL counselling to deal with issues with reference to prior and experiential learning.
Provided by the Registrar and dean from Tuesday through Friday 10.00-14.00.
Telephone: 66 88 467, e-mail: seminar® and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Psychological counselling to support students in relation to both their studies and personal life issues can be arranged by appointment with our Pastoral Care and Counselling teacher, Dr. Meeli Tankler, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We are always willing to talk and pray with our students concerning issues related to their studies or personal lives.

Our doors are open.

1. Declaration of courses

Course registration happens on the ÕIS (SIS) platform at the beginning of each semester in the form of a declaration. Required courses are added automatically to the student's declaration. Electives must be added manually by the student. If a student does not intend to take a required course, the student must manually delete it from their declaration.

Students who study part time or as external learners must complete their own declaration on ÕIS (SIS).

Formatting of the assignments follows the international APA writing style guidelines. The guidelines provide a selection of most frequently used examples. If guidelines are not specific enough to students need, official APA style guidelines have preference. 

Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL, VÕTA) Guidelines

I General Provisions

1.   The decision of the assessment of prior and experiential learning (APEL) takes place according to paragraph 4 of the Kõrgharidusstandard (Higher Educational Standard) or the Estonian Republic.

2.   This procedure regulates the assessment of learning outcomes at the Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary, considering student’s prior and experiential learning.

3.   Processing an APEL application involves a fee at the rate of 1ECTS. This fee covers evaluating one diploma/ certificate/continuing education certificate/work experience for transferring up to 10ECTS.

4.   APEL takes place according to individual evaluation.

It is expected that students participate in all lectures. Students cannot be absent from more than 25% of lectures. 
Differentiated grading in individual courses or parts of courses takes place in a grading system consisting of six marks as following 

The tuition fee for full time students in the 2021/22 academic year is 2050€. 

Residents of the Republic of Estonia may apply for the scholarship the beginning of their first year of studies and annually thereafter. At the beginning of subsequent years of studies, residents of the Republic of Estonia may apply for scholarship if they have completed at least 75% of the previous year’s curriculum. Applications for the scholarship are submitted to the Rector’s Council. Receiving a scholarship depends upon demonstrating financial need, active participation in a local congregation and maintaining good academic standing.

  • Methodist scholarship 1,000 €
  • Ecumenical scholarship 525 €

Part time students, and those registering for an individual course, pay a tuition of 32€ / ECTS.

All figures given above are adjusted annually and posted on the Seminary webpage by the end of March for the coming school year.

Needs-based study allowance can be applied for by a student:

  • who is a citizen of Estonia or resides in Estonia on the basis of a permanent or temporary residence permit;
  • who is not on academic leave;
  • whose period of study has not exceeded the standard period of the curriculum;
  • who studies full-time and completes the curriculum’s requirements in 75% or studies full-time in the first semester;
  • whose family’s monthly income per family member is below 523 euros.

Amounts of the needs-based study allowance are divided as follows: EUR 75, 135 and 220. Being qualified to any of the amounts of the allowance depends on the average income of the student and their family members in the calendar year prior to the academic year of submitting an application for the study allowance. The family’s average income is calculated on the basis of the taxable income in the calendar year preceding the academic year of applying for the allowance. For example, in the 2020/2021 academic year, data for 2019 are taken as a basis.

Read more about study allowance in State Education Ministry Website

Special needs allowance

Students can apply for a special need-based support of 135 euros per month.

The special needs-based allowance is intended for those students who have been deprived of the need-based study allowance due to the fact that their previous income exceeded the threshold for receiving the allowance, but recently the income has significantly decreased.

Special needs support is granted and paid by educational institutions, which ask applicants for additional documents if necessary.

Information on special needs support is available from educational institutions.


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