Application and Entry Procedures (Undergraduate and Masters)



In accordance with our purpose, students are not admitted on an individual basis, but solely on the recommendation of their Churches, whether financially sponsored by the Church or not.

Full information on entry procedures is available here, application forms are obtainable here and ‘programmes with duration’ forms are downloadable here or from the Registrar of TCNN, in person or by post.

A non-refundable fee must be paid before application forms can be processed, this will normally be collected before the application form is released. This fee is currently ₦5,000 for Diploma programmes, ₦7,000 for undergraduate programmes, ₦8,000 for Master of Divinity and postgraduate programmes.  Application forms for our Master of Arts in Linguistic and Master of Theology programmes cost ₦10,000, ₦12,000 for Doctorate of Ministry programmes and ₦15,000 for Ph.D.

The deadline by which completed application forms must reach the College is normally the 31st December of each year prior to the June/September in which the person wants to begin the programme.

All completed application forms should go through the Head Office of the Church of the applicant. The form should be signed and stamped by the highest official of the candidate’s church denomination.

The College conducts a written entrance examination for Degree candidates. The examination and interview is normally held the first Friday and Saturday of each February.  Applicants for our postgraduate programmes – PGD, Master of Arts in Linguistic, Master of Divinity and Master of Theology will be interviewed on the date stipulated on their application forms.



Married students are encouraged to bring their wives to the College so that those who are able can study in the main College or Women’s School. At the Women’s School wives study (in English or Hausa) courses on the Bible, Theology and Church History as well as practical courses such as cooking, sewing and family health care.

Wives with adequate qualifications may enter any of the courses taught in the main College. Those who are unable to bring their wives must consult the College. It is preferable for a wife to join her husband for at least one of his years of training, preferably the last year, in consultation with the College.

The emphasis for the women is on basic theological or religious training and home economics in order to prepare these wives to be effective co-workers with their husbands in the ministry. In married quarters, priority is given to students coming with their families, and those families of final year students will be given priority.


Up to three young children may be brought, and in addition one child who must not be older than 12 years to look after the young children so that both parents can attend classes. There are afternoon classes for the children looking after the younger ones so that they too are able to have some education.

Admissions Requirements

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

All candidates for the undergraduate degrees (full-time or part-time) must be recommended by the College, and be qualified under any of the following:

  • The School Certificate (WASC or NECO) with credits in at least five subjects including English, obtained at no more than two sittings.
  • The General Certificate of Education (GCE) O level in at least five subjects including English, obtained at no more than two sittings.
  • The Teachers’ Grade II Certificate with Credit/Merit in at least five subjects including English, obtained at no more than two sittings.
  • Other certificates recognised as of equal value for entry to Nigerian Universities are acceptable subject to approval in each case by the College.

Postgraduate Diploma Admission Requirements

All candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Theology must be recommended by the College, and qualified under any one of the following:

  • A Higher National Diploma (HND) in any subject from a recognised institution with at least a II 2 result
  • A Higher National Diploma (HND) in any subject from a recognised institution with at least a II 2 resultt
  • An equivalent qualification from a recognised institution with at least a II 2 result.

A candidate may make a single application for Postgraduate Diploma in Theology and Master of Divinity programmes, but continuation to the latter will depend on achieving a minimum CGPA of 55 in the former.

Master of Arts Admission Requirements

Admission is based on the general entry qualifications of Nigerian universities in normally requiring a minimum second class upper division first degree recognised by the college and in a relevant subject: Bible translation, Biblical studies, theology or divinity with emphasis on biblical studies; linguistics or English or a another language with linguistics.

A student who has graduated in an unrelated subject with a minimum second class upper division degree and who has completed the Post graduate diploma in Bible translation and language development with a minimum B grade may also be admitted.

Each track may have additional requirements as found in the sections below. A student must indicate his or her chosen track on application and include a full transcript of their relevant studies.

The track comprises eight courses amounting to 24 credits.

If a student does not have the full prerequisites for a chosen course or track he or she must make up the deficiency by taking the relevant BA courses concurrent with the MA. These will not count towards the credits for the MA programme.

All students are expected to have competence in the general use of computers and to have completed a course in computer programmes relevant to the specialist track. All tracks will require competence in the use of a word processor. Some of these such as computing for translation and basic translation principles may be gained in the college’s part-time programme in the weeks preceding full admission.

In accordance with the overall college requirement a recommendation is required from the candidate’s church denomination countersigned by a TEKAN church leader if it is not a TEKAN church.

Master of Theology Admission Requirements

The normal entry requirement is at least a second class upper division result in a first degree in Theology recognised by the college; however, depending on space and other considerations, a strong second class lower division may be considered.