The BA Degree

The academic study of Religious studies addresses many dimensions and functions in the world’s cultures. Among these are sacred scripture, symbols, beliefs, rituals and ethics. It also examines the dynamic relationship between Religion and other socio- economic, and political institutions. The academic study of religion fosters a critical understanding of religious traditions, issues, questions, and values. In addition, it cultivates awareness of religion’s influence within the world and promotes appreciation for the diversity of religious beliefs and practices.

The RTS Bachelor of Arts (BA) program in Religious studies has been given full Accreditation by National Universities Commission (NUC) in collaboration with the University of Calabar. The RTS BA Degree offers excellent preparation for professional work in education, law, public service, government, research, and religion. It is a degree program not meant for ordination. Thus, candidates must fulfill all the requirements including offering of the required courses for the degree before they graduate. It is a four (4) year academic program.

General Instructions

An applicant who seeks to enroll for Bachelor of Arts (B A) Religious Studies of the University of Calabar must follow this procedure.

  • Pay to UBA and into this account: Reformed Theological Seminary Mkar, AC-Number: 1007143486 the sum of N10,000 only for the purchase of admission form
  • Return to the bursary with your teller for collection of receipt.
  • Go to the Registrar’s office and get the application form for BA Religious Studies.
  • Complete the application form and submit to the Registrar’s office for processing.
  • Applicants who are eligible for admission undergo a screening process.
  • Sale and submission of Admission form commences first week of January to last week of April.

Entry Requirements

  • Either the West African School Certificate (WASC) or the General Certificate of Education (GCE), SSCE, NECO with at least Five Credit level passes including Christian Religious Knowledge, English Language and Mathematics at not more than two(2) sittings.
  • Teacher’s Grade II Certificate with at least (5) merit level passes including Christian Religious Knowledge, English Language, and Mathematics at not more than two (2) sittings.
  • In addition, candidates wishing to enroll for the B.A. Religious Studies degree must present JAMB-UTME scores of not less than 180 or the JAMB DE form (if acceptable A-Level qualification is available).
  • Prospective candidates/students must submit a recommendation letter from their Pastor and Elders /Rev Father to the Seminary. This is MANDATORY.
  • Photocopies of your credentials MUST be attached to the application form


On admission, the Seminary usually expects all fresh students to complete their registration forms and all other forms prior to the time of registration. On arrival on the campus, fresh students are required to pay their fees and endorse the registration forms which are available in the Registry. Only those students who are dully registered are admitted into halls of residence and allowed to enjoy facilities in the Seminary. Details of the registration procedure are enumerated in the Rules and Regulations.


Orientation course is organised to enable students become used to and familiar with their new environment. It is organised for all new students to the Seminary and usually takes place in the first week or two of the new session. Students visit places like the Library and the Medical Clinic. Lectures are organised on general and special topics such as Examination malpractice, homosexuality and Cultism. They are also exposed to effective use of the Library and the Students’ Rules and Regulations of the Seminary.

There are five main objectives of the orientation course which are:

  • To help new students become acquainted with the Seminary, its history, traditions, purpose, physical plan, facilities, regulations and policies.
  • To initiate a basis of useful and friendly contact and understanding between the new students and the Seminary staff and among the students themselves.
  • To provide the new students with information on student conduct, students’ opportunities and responsibilities.
  • To help the new students to develop necessary skills for making desirable adjustment within the new environment whereby they would be able to make full use of the opportunities available in the Seminary and also to make their utmost contribution to the tone and progress of their new community.
  • To provide the new students with information on the problem and methods of the various academic discipline, the rules and regulations and their application and other such information that will determine their happiness and progress in the Seminary.


Only those who have satisfied the minimum educational requirements of the Reformed Theological Seminary, Mkar are admitted as students. Such students are eventually inducted as students of the Seminary at a ceremony presided by the Rector. This ceremony takes place after the Registration and Orientation exercises. During the Matriculation ceremony, the Dean of Academics presents the students for matriculation while the Registrar reads out the Matriculation Oath. Students are made to “Solemnly undertake and swear to observe and respect the provisions of the Reformed Theological Seminary, Mkar Rules and Regulations made thereunder, which are in force and which shall from time to time be brought to force”. Thereafter, the Matriculants sign the Matriculation Register.