Ministry, Mission and Media

MF will not offer this programme after 2018. Please consider our new programme: Bachelor in Theology, Religion, and Society.


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4 semesters/ 2 years full time/ 120 ECTS

Ministry, Mission and Media is a study programme developed to equip students for pastoral work and preaching in churches and congregations around the world.

General information

Admission Requirements

The general basis for admission to universities and university colleges in Norway is called Higher Education Entrance Qualification. For applicants with foreign education, the requirements are specified in the GSU-list (This is usually a High School Diploma or one or two years of college). See

See further information here:


Contact student advisor, Department of Theology and History

How many are admitted each year?

The programme accepts 100 new students per year.


4 semesters (2 years) full-time.


Third year (5th and 6th semester) is offered as a supplementary year for which students must apply and meet set admission requirements.


Admission requirements for third year studies: Students must have completed the two year Ministry, Mission and Media programme (120 credits) to be offered admission.

There is an exception for the students who started their studies autumn semester 2016: After three semesters (including new/deferred exams in January 2018), a minimum of 70 credits must be completed in order to be offered admission.  

Students who complete the two year programme (120 credits) before summer, will be offered admission. This does not include students who have to register for new/deferred exam(s) in order to complete 120 credits.


How to apply: The application form is open from 1 March to 15 April 2018. You can apply here:

Choose "Det teologiske Menighetsfakultetet", then choose the course named "MMM supplementary year".


Students who are offered admission are eligible for a Bachelor's degree in theology. To receive a BA the following is required: The student must have completed 180 course credits (ECTS), of which 20 ECTS must include Exphil and Exfac, and a minimum of 20 ECTS must be courses taught at 2000-level.


Completing this programme gives the title Associate degree ("Høyskolekandiat").

More about the programme


As the title indicates, there are three main areas: Ministry, mission and media. They are covered through twelve courses (10 ECTS each), which gives a total of 60 credit points over two years.

Each of these courses are presented in detail in the course description.

60 ECTS amounts to 1500-1800 work hours over a year, which means that each course is estimated to amount to 250-300 work hours. This includes lectures, assignments, and reading of about 700 pages of literature for each course.

Description of programme structure

Ministry, Mission and Media

Bible 2: Old Testament, New Testament and Biblical Theology
(30 stp)
World Religions
(10 stp)
Examen facultatum
(10 stp)
Examen philosophicum
(10 stp)
Youth Ministry
(10 stp)
Worldviews in Media and Popular Culture: A Missiological Approach
(10 stp)
Digital Media in Ministry and Mission: Blogging
(10 stp)
Practical Theology and Congregational life
(10 stp)
Holistic Mission: Diaconia, Reconciliation, and Cross-cultural Ministry
(10 stp)
Digital Media in Ministry and Mission: Practical Project
(10 stp)
Introduction to Church History
(10 stp)
Introduction to Contemporary Mission Studies
(10 stp)
Introduction to Digital Media in Ministry and Mission
(10 stp)
Introduction to Systematic Theology
(10 stp)
Christian Leadership in Church and Society
(10 stp)
Introduction to the Bible
(10 stp)
Semester10 ECTS10 ECTS10 ECTS

What will you learn?

What will you learn?

The learning outcome of this programme is divided into knowledge, skills and general competence:

The candidate has:
- good knowledge of the central concepts, theories, and methods within the theological disciplines: biblical studies, church history, systematic theology and practical theology.

- good knowledge of the field of missiology and issues related to mission, diaconia and cross-cultural ministry.

- good knowledge of the principles of media communication.

- knowledge history, practices and theology of different religions and Christian denominations

- knowledge of the tools and resources available for further personal study in the different theological disciplines.

The candidate can:
- analyze and interpret biblical texts, and relate them to issues in Christian theology and everyday life.

- apply new knowledge to their current system of beliefs and practices, and communicate their knowledge to others.

- reflect critically on their own beliefs and practices, and discuss them in light of scholarly discussions in the field.

- plan, discuss, and evaluate tasks in congregation ministry, mission, and media communication.

- reflect on the connection between academic questions in practical theology, missiology and media knowledge on the one hand and specific tasks in congregational life and society at large on the other

- formulate and defend their opinions on topics related to theology, church and society.

- use different media to communicate their beliefs or opinions.

- evaluate the world view of messages in a variety of media platforms.

General competence
The candidate can:
- write academic texts of different forms: reports, plans, presentations, essays and biblical exegesis. - - communicate clearly, both orally and written, their position on issues related to theology, mission and media.
- reflect critically on issues in theology in a mono- and cross-cultural perspective.
- reflect on and discuss and different views of mission, ecumenics, media production and central topics in practical theology.
- contribute to development of their workplace by knowledge of theology, missiology and communication.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What do I do if I fail an exam?
A: If you fail an exam you have to register for new/deferred exam in StudentWeb. If you do not register for new/deferred exam before the set deadline you have to register to retake the course in StudentWeb the next semester it is offered.

Q: Exam attempts
A: You have the right to three exam attempts in every course. If you do not show up for an exam, it counts as an exam attempt. It is therefore important that you withdraw from exams that you are signed up for that you are not planning on taking.

Q: What do I do if I forgot to register for a course within the deadline?
A: If you do not register within the deadline, you have to wait until the next semester the course is offered. (However, if you just missed the deadline, contact the student advisor immediately and it may be sorted out).

Q: Why were my course requirements not approved?
A: Remember to read the assignment carefully, and answer the questions raised. You will always be given one chance to resubmit non-approved course requirements. Before you resubmit, read the comments from your lecturer in order to improve your assignment.

Q: My course requirements were not approved even though I resubmitted the assignment. Can I be given a third chance?
A: No, you only have two opportunities to submit course requirements. If there are extenuating circumstances that need to be considered, the instructor and the student advisor should be informed as soon as possible and before the deadline.

Q: What happens if I fail my course requirements?
A: If you fail the course requirements you will not be able to take the exam, and you have to register to take the course again the next time it is offered.

Illness/absence from exam due to death or the funeral of a close family member

Death or the funeral of a close family member must be documented in order to be accepted as legitimate absence from exams or course requirements. Examples of documentation may include death certificate (officially translated into English), obituary or equivalent documentation which states close family relationship to the deceased.

Termination of studies

If you have not achieved sufficient credits at your particular stage of study, you cannot continue your studies. This means you are no longer a student at MF Norwegian School of Theology and, subject to the outcome of any appeal against this decision, cannot continue on your registered degree course.

This is an excerpt of §13 no. 1, my translation:

Termination of admission, in accordance with the Regulations concerning admission, study and examination at MF (Forskrift om opptak, studier og eksamen ved Det teologiske menighetsfakultet) §13 no. 1

A student can lose his/her place of study for the following reasons:

- If the student is not registered as student or has not confirmed his/her individual education plan and payed the semester fee the first semester after admission, and has not been granted deferred admission.

- If the student fails to register or confirm his/her individual education plan for the study programme in two consecutive semesters, and has not previously applied for leave of absence.

- If the student two years after admission or over a period of at least two years, has completed less than 50 percent of the number of credits in his/her individual education plan.

- If the student has attempted to cheat or intentionally or through gross negligence has cheated during, or prior to the final assessment, of the examination concerned, or during the completion of the course concerned. Cf. lov om universiteter og høyskoler § 4-7 1 b and § 4-8. See also § 36.


Students who lose their right to study under paragraph 1 can reapply for admission to study at MF after three years, provided that the overall provision allows this.


Decisions about the loss of the right to study may be appealed.

For more frequently asked questions, see Here you will find a lot of practical information regarding StudentWeb, semester fee, exams, Fronter, transcript and other useful information!

If you have any concerns or issues regarding course requirements, exams, registration, paying the semester fee, etc, remember to contact the correct person (student advisor/person with course responsibility/lecturer) as soon as possible. The longer you wait to contact us, the harder it is for us to help you!

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