The Vancouver School of Theology
Continuing Education Certificate in Theological Studies is granted to students who successfully complete 12 Units of study in any mix of disciplines. The Certificate program is generally undertaken part-time, although the program can be completed full-time in one term of study. Certificate Units can be completed through weekend workshops, January Interterm and Summer School intensives, or 12-week Fall and Spring term courses.
Diploma in Theological Studies is a general program that is designed to provide theological enrichment and a solid base for lay ministry. It is a 24-credit hour program, which may be completed in two full-time terms, with an average workload of 40 hours per week. The Diploma may be taken part time over three years but must be completed by the end of the third year.
Diploma in Denominational Studies (Anglican) is designed to provide a solid foundation in the traditions and practices of the Anglican Church of Canada. It is an 18-credit hour program, and may be completed within one year of study.
Emmanuel and St. Chad
Licentiate in Theology consists of 20 courses to be taken over a two year period. Some courses are available in an online format, or as a summer intensive.
The Diploma in Anglican Studies was created to provide an orientation in Anglican thought and life for those who have already received considerable theological or pastoral training in another denomination.
The College of Emmanuel & St. Chad hosts summer programs including Summer School for Lay People and Readings in Retreat.
Diploma of Theology is designed for lay persons who are interested in increasing their knowledge of the Christian faith. It is not intended, of itself, to be a qualification for ordination or other professional service in the Church. It does help to provide a theological base for persons assuming leadership and ministry in the life of their church. The Dip.Th. Program is the equivalent of one year of full-time university study, but generally takes several years of part-time study to complete.
Certificate for Anglican Lay Leaders is designed for Anglicans who are Lay Leaders in their parishes or faith communities and are interested in increasing their knowledge of the Christian faith. It is not intended, of itself, to be a qualification for ordination or other professional service in the Church. It does help to provide a theological base for persons assuming leadership and ministry roles in the life of their church, such as Lay Readers. The C.A.L.L. Program is the equivalent of one half-year of full-time university study, but generally takes one to two years of part-time study to complete.
Non-Degree Studies Students may take specific theology courses without first being admitted to either the Dip.Th. or the B.Th. programs – either for general interest, or to earn credits that may be used towards a similar degree or diploma at another institution. Such individuals will have “Non-Degree” status at the School of Theology.
Bachelor of Theology is a four-year Western University undergraduate degree, which can be combined with another module from the Faculty of Arts and Social Science.
Diploma in Theology is a one-year post-baccalaureate sequence of studies with both breadth in general theological study and concentration in a single area of interest, e.g., ethics, pastoral counselling, feminist theology, interreligious dialogue, Anglican studies, etc. Ten credits are required for this diploma. There must be at least one credit in each TST department (Biblical, Historical, Pastoral, and Theological) and at least four credits in the area of concentration. This program may be undertaken full or part time and has no time limit. Students will normally qualify for and register as students in the Master of Theological Studies degree program.
Diploma in Christian Studies is a graduate diploma program (10 Master’s level credits) intended for lay people who wish to increase their knowledge of the Christian faith, develop skills in practical ministry, and integrate their faith with cultural and professional endeavours. This one year graduate level program normally requires at least a three year undergraduate degree in order to be considered for admission. The Diploma in Christian Studies can be done entirely on a part-time basis over the course of six years, and can now be completed entirely online.
Certificate in Anglican Studies is a one-year program designed for students seeking ordination in the Anglican Church who already have a degree in theology from another tradition, or a degree from Wycliffe other than the M.Div. (such as the M.T.S. or M.Rel.). The purpose of the program is to acquaint the student with the essential elements of theological study in the Anglican tradition and to prepare them for ministry in the Church through field education courses. It can be done entirely on a part-time basis over the course of six years.
Certificate in Theology is an independent undergraduate program comprising 30 credits, taken part-time, for people who wish to acquire a solid understanding of the central issues of contemporary theology, while at the same time allowing them, according to their needs or interests, to explore certain aspects more deeply.
Honours Bachelor of Arts in Theology offers, in addition to the St. Paul foundational courses, study in the nature of God and religious belief. In addition, students will complete a major in Philosophy of Religion, Social Communication or Human Relations and Spirituality, or a minor in Conflict Studies, Group Intervention and Leadership, Human Relations and Spirituality, Private and Public Ethics, Philosophy or Social Communications.
Montreal Diocesan Theological College
Reading and Tutorial Program is designed to provide the academic component of training for ordained ministry, but may also be taken by people simply interested in acquiring a good basic knowledge of Christian theology. The Program consists of twelve units of study. For each unit there are certain texts to be read and assignments to be written. There will also be at least two tutorial sessions. With hard work, the Program may be completed within two to three years of spare-time study. A limited number of exemptions may be granted for equivalent courses at university or seminary level taken elsewhere, either previously or under the College’s supervision. For non-ordination students, a Certificate of Completion is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the twelve Program units.
Certificate Courses in Christian Theology are offered by the Montreal School of Theology, of which MDTC is a member. These course offerings are intended to make theological education accessible to a wider range of students and lay people, who may be seeking deeper understanding of Christian faith and spiritual enrichment; wanting to pursue graduate theological education without earning a degree; and/or thinking about ordained ministry, but wanting to try some courses first. These courses are given academic credit at the Masters (M. Div.) level, which may later be applied to the College’s M.Div. or L.Th. Courses are offered evenings, weekends and other alternative schedules and modalities, in Montreal and Ottawa locations.
Atlantic School of Theology
Adult Education Certificate Program in Theological Studies, available on campus or on-line, is a two-year foundation program intended for persons who want a basic introduction to biblical and theological studies and who do no qualify for or do not wish to take credit courses or programs.
Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies Program is a ten-credit academic program that may be completed on campus, online or through a combination of on-campus and online courses. The GCTS parallels the first year of our graduate degree programs, and may serve as a time of discernment for further academic or professional needs. Credits obtained in the GCTS may be brought forward to a degree program at AST, subject to the requirements of the degree program.
The Associate in Theology program is a course of study designed for persons who are interested in increasing their knowledge and appreciation of Christian belief and practice. As well as developing their pastoral skills, this program also provides a theological base for persons assuming leadership and ministry within the life of their faith community.
The Associate in Theology requires ten 2-credit courses, including a major and minor area of study. These courses may be taken on a full-time or a part-time basis, and are offered either on site at Queen’s College or by correspondence.
Diploma in Theology and Ministry is a weekend program for students interested in learning more about Scripture, Christian belief, personal spiritual development, and ministry. The program takes place over 8 weekends (Friday evening and Saturday) per year for three years. All work is completed in the class setting; there are no assignments or exams.
Vancouver School of Theology
The Master of Divinity degree program is for those seeking an academic program with practical applications within which to explore the depth of their faith and prepare for a variety of public and pastoral ministries. This 90-credit hour degree may be completed in three years of full-time study or it may be completed on a part-time basis. VST has a relationship with UBC’s Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies Department that allows VST students to take graduate courses offered by that department as electives. Students are also welcome to take advantage of course offerings at Regent College.
The purpose of the Master of Divinity Honours degree is to give an enhanced preparation to students who are considering doctoral study and a teaching career, but who also want the full scope of preparation offered by the M.Div degree. It will also provide the church with pastors and other leaders who have highly developed skills in specific areas of ministry, theology, spirituality, history, or bible. The program adds an additional 15 credit hours to the regular M.Div program for a total of 105 credit hours. Students entering this program should plan carefully in advance and should be aware that, in some cases, it may not be possible to complete the program in three years of study.
Emmanuel and St. Chad
The Master of Divinity is a three-year, 90 credit program to prepare students for ordained ministry. In addition to giving solid grounding and depth in biblical and theological areas, the program seeks to develop pastoral skill in the areas of creative, vital and energizing liturgical and parish leadership geared toward engaging congregations, whatever their size, with growing in the mission of the church, rural and urban, in a multicultural context. A unit of CPE and a supervised field internship are built into the final year curriculum. The program has also been designed to allow considerable flexibility around the entry and exit stages of the program, including the possibility of doing a portion of the studies by distance education. Honours M.Div requires a Biblical language and a thesis.
The Bachelor of Theology prepares candidates for ordained ministry but is designed for those who do not have a completed undergraduate degree.
Master of Divinity A three-year post-baccalaureate degree (when taken full-time) to prepare students for ordained ministry. The program includes courses in academic and practical theology, a field education component, and a Transcultural Learning Experience.
Master of Divinity involves 30 credits, one credit being given for each semester course successfully completed. Courses are offered at Trinity College and at the other cooperating schools of the Toronto School of Theology, and are listed in the TST Course Calendar. The fourth semester is normally centred on a parish internship. Students must also complete certain College program requirements: liturgical and spiritual formation, and a supervised parish placement.
Master of Divinity (Honours) includes a thesis.
Master of Divinity (Collaborative Learning Model) allows interested students who have a very good academic record and a demonstrated ability in time management to direct their own program of study. This program option is offered particularly for those who wish to specialize in an area of study, those who already have demonstrated competence in one or more areas of the study of divinity or those who wish to work toward a specialized ministry competence.
Master of Divinity/Master of Arts Combined Degree Program. It is possible to earn these two degrees in one combined degree program in four years rather than five. Students may obtain advanced standing of up to five credits toward the Master of Arts on the basis of work done toward the Master of Divinity. The program is offered in collaboration with the University of St. Michael’s College.
Licentiate of Theology. Students in the Master of Divinity program may be awarded the L.Th. upon the completion of twenty credits.
Diploma in Ministry is designed to allow persons holding an academic degree in theology to achieve equivalency to a Master of Divinity degree in order to quality as candidates for ordination. The requirements for the diploma should normally be completed in one calendar year beginning in mid-April. Academic requirements include: a unit of Supervised Pastoral Education (April-June); a Supervised Field Education Internship of 26 weeks at 20 hours per week (September – April); and four or more courses chosen in order to fill gaps in the student’s previous education.
Master of Divinity is a three-year academic program (30 courses) intended primarily for persons training for ordained ministry. The program is designed as a process of theological, personal, and vocational formation, together with the development of professional competencies.
Field Education is an important component, including a year-long placement requirement of 10 hours per week (September to April), and a summer internship usually lasting a minimum of three months full time placement.
Master of Divinity (Honours). M.Div. students who have attained an A- average in their first year may opt for the Honours track for the remainder of their program. These students will be required to take a biblical language course and write a research paper. In the winter term of the second year a special colloquium will be held which will include an original group research project.
Master of Divinity (Pioneer Stream) is designed to prepare students for mission in contexts where existing churches are unlikely to make a connection, where the church needs to nurture new Christian communities rooted in the local culture among local people. The program focuses on a different approach to mission, and a different skill-set in Christian leaders—more entrepreneurial, more adept in relational evangelism, more comfortable in secular culture, and with the ability to start new things. Students in the pioneer stream take many of the same courses as other M.Div students, but have additional courses and specialised placements which focus on the distinctive skills they need.
Master in Divinity is a three-year (90 cr.) graduate program, requiring a B.A. or equivalent for admission but no prior theological training. Its purpose is to provide students a general theological education and a professional formation in preparation for ordained and lay ministries and general pastoral leadership in Christian communities and other faith-based agencies serving the wider society. Students in the Anglican Studies stream of the M.Div. will follow compulsory courses in theology, including two with particular Anglican focus. While the program may be completed on a part-time basis, students are required to register full-time for at least one year with a view to the integration of academic study, supervised field experience, and personal formation.
Montreal Diocesan Theological College
Master of Divinity The M.Div. program is integrated with the B.Th. program of the Faculty of Religious Studies of McGill University: students earn a B.Th. in the academic disciplines of theology, and then complete it with the Montreal School of Theology’s In-Ministry Year to earn the M.Div. degree, which is awarded by the College on the authority of the MST. Normally, students with an undergraduate degree are admitted to the two-year (60 credit) B.Th., for a total of three years for the M.Div. Students over the age of 35 without a previous degree may earn the M.Div. as a first degree; in this case, the B.Th. will be a three-year (90 credit) program. The In-Ministry Year involves a half-time supervised field placement, and half-time classroom work in the practice of ministry.
Diploma in Ministry Students who complete the In-Ministry Year without completing the M.Div. receive the Dip.Min. from the College. This applies to students who transfer in from other programs, or students without a previous degree who do not qualify for the M.Div. The In-Ministry Year program is identical for M.Div. and Dip.Min. candidates.
Licentiate in Theology In special circumstances, and with the approval of the candidate’s bishop, arrangements may be made for a student to undertake two years of full-time theological study under the College’s direction (usually either at McGill or Concordia University). Upon successful completion of the In-Ministry Year, the student is eligible for the College’s Licentiate in Theology (L.Th.) and Diploma in Ministry (Dip.Min.). The L.Th. is also awarded to students who successfully complete the College’s Reading & Tutorial Course and the In-Ministry Year.
Atlantic School of Theology
Master of Divinity is designed primarily, but not exclusively, for persons preparing for ordained or professional ministry. It requires 30 single semester credits earned over a period of between three (full-time) and seven (part-time) years. An initial cluster of ‘Foundation Courses’ in Scripture, Theology, Pastoral Studies and Worship inaugurate the course of study. Supervised Field Education placements are made in the first two years of the program. In the final year of study, the Graduate Project and Seminar in the Practice of Ministry enables students to design and undertake significant pastoral research in conjunction with a self-selected field setting. The remainder of the program – roughly two-thirds of the total number of courses – consists of electives. Students will encounter and wrestle with critical bodies of knowledge and develop skill sets in each of the pastoral, theological and scriptural fields of study. Opportunities for Clinical Pastoral Education, the study of biblical languages, and completion of a thesis, as well as regular denominational formation programs, may be accommodated within this program of study.
Students may also earn the M.Div. through a “Summer Distance” program.
Master of Divinity is a course of study in theology at a graduate professional level. This program requires a minimum of three years of full-time study. It consists of 25 three-credit courses, and a fifteen week internship. One unit of CPE is required.
Bachelor of Theology is a program designed for ordination-track students over the age of 35, who have not previously completed an undergraduate degree and are thus not eligible for admission to the M.Div. Postulants must first complete ten 3-credit courses in the humanities at an accredited institution as a prerequisite for admission.
The requirements for the program are similar to those for the M.Div.: 25 3-credit courses, one unit of CPE, and a 15-week internship, completed over three years of full-time study.
Ottawa – June 2, 2015
The Anglican Church of Canada, The Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Roman Catholic Entities Parties to the Settlement Agreement, The United Church of Canada and the Jesuits of English Canada make the following statement in response to the findings and Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
It is with gratitude and humility that we are here today to speak together as representatives of churches that participated in the operation of Indian Residential Schools. We are grateful to the Commissioners and staff of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada for the commitment with which they have carried out their mandate, and we are humbled in the knowledge that we continue to share a responsibility to ensure that the task of reconciliation does not end today.
Beginning in the 19th century and continuing until the late 1960’s, our churches were partners with the Government of Canada in running Indian Residential Schools. Notwithstanding the good intent and care of many who worked in the Schools, it is clear that Indian Residential Schools, in policy and in practice, were an assault on Indigenous families, culture, language and spiritual traditions, and that great harm was done. We continue to acknowledge and regret our part in that legacy.
Those harmed were children, vulnerable, far from their families and communities. The sexual, physical, and emotional abuse they suffered is well-documented.
Over the past six years we have, along with the Commission, listened to the experiences of those former students, who are no longer children. They are adults, some very old, who tell heart-breaking stories. We have heard them speak of wounds so deep that healing could not happen, and of damage visited upon their own children. We have also heard them witness to their resilience, and that of their communities, which has made possible many healing journeys. We have heard of friendships formed in the Residential Schools in which students supported one another, sometimes for the rest of their lives. Perhaps most humbling of all, we have heard survivors speak with enormous grace and generosity of teachers and others whose kindness offered some respite from the pain and humiliation that so deeply marked the overall experience of the schools.
We are grateful to the survivors, whose courageous witness has touched the heart of the life of our churches. There have been apologies from our churches, yet we know that our apologies are not enough. And so we are grateful as well to the Commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for their findings and for their clarity about our continuing responsibilities.
We acknowledge and welcome the specific calls to action that offer direction to the churches in our continuing commitment to reconciliation. In particular, we are committed to respect Indigenous spiritual traditions in their own right. As individual churches and in shared interfaith and ecumenical initiatives – for example through Kairos, through interfaith groups, and through the Canadian Council of Churches – we will continue to foster learning about and awareness of the reality and legacy of the residential schools, the negative impact of such past teachings as the Doctrine of Discovery, and the new ways forward found in places, such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We will continue our commitment to financial support for community-controlled initiatives in healing, language and cultural revitalization, education and relationship-building, and self-determination.
We welcome the Commissioners’ call to the parties to the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement for a new Covenant of Reconciliation that would renew and expand our shared commitment to the continuing work of reconciliation, and invite others into that work, including new Canadians, who, while they were not part of the historic injustice, are now part of a country in which understanding and addressing that injustice is a national priority for all Canadians.
We also welcome wider Calls to Action that include our members as citizens and residents of Canada. There is a crucial need for the kinds of public and governmental initiatives that the Commissioners identify, including the establishment of a National Council of Reconciliation that would continue to hold this work before parliament and the Canadian people.
We recognize the need for equity in access to education and health care, and the critical need for new and culturally-appropriate ways of ensuring the welfare of children who are at risk.
And we enthusiastically support the call for teaching about the history and legacy of the residential schools in all Canadian schools, and commit ourselves to ensuring that the teaching ministry of our churches also acknowledges these realities.
Above all, we welcome the Commissioners’ Calls to Action as providing the basis for a wide and transformative conversation among Canadians about the better future we intend to foster, not just for Indigenous peoples, but for all of us who long to live in a society grounded in right relationships and equity.
We will continue to share in the work of healing and reconciliation, respectfully following the leadership of Indigenous communities and leaders, and to offer leadership among non-Indigenous Canadians where that is appropriate.
May the Creator guide us as we continue in the work of healing, justice, and right relations for the generations it will take to address that harm “and guide this country on a new and different path”. (Remembering the Children prayer, 2008)
Representatives of the Church entities making the joint statement:
Archbishop Fred Hiltz
The Anglican Church of Canada
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris
The Presbyterian Church in Canada
Archbishop Gerard Pettipas
Catholic Entities Parties to the Indian Residential School Settlement
The Right Reverend Gary Paterson
The United Church of Canada
Peter Bisson, SJ
Jesuits of English Canada
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