Vancouver School of Theology
Master of Arts in Indigenous and Inter-Religious Studies will enable students to study the heretofore largely unexplored interface among indigenous religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity and their application in the world. A student in the MA IIS program will be able to accomplish appropriate competencies in depth for two of the four traditions of the IIS program and with some degree of familiarity for the other two traditions. Through course work, Supervised Field Experience, and an integrating seminar, students will treat pedagogically matters which cross a number of spiritual and intellectual boundaries areas. Most courses will engage two or more of the religious traditions. 45 credit hours.
Master of Theology in Indigenous and Inter-Religious Studies. The purpose of this specialization within the ThM post-graduate degree is to provide students with the opportunity to engage in advanced research and writing at the largely unexplored interface among Indigenous religions, Judaism, and Christianity. Through course work and integrating seminars, students will treat pedagogically matters which cross a number of spiritual, cultural and intellectual boundaries. 27 credit hours.
Emmanuel and St. Chad
Master of Theological Studies is a two-year, 60 credit program in foundational theological disciplines for students not preparing for ordination.
Master of Sacred Theology is a graduate academic degree program offered by the Saskatoon Theological Union, of which Emmanuel and St. Chad is a member.
Master of Theological Studies is two-year, general academic, post-baccalaureate undergraduate degree in theological studies intended primarily for lay people, with no previous theological training. It is often completed part time. It may be taken as a general degree, or with a concentration in Biblical Studies, Theology and Ethics, Comparative Religion and Theology, Congregational Ministry, Pastoral Counselling, or Public Service.
Master of Arts (Theology) is a rigorous academic program in theology, designed as preparation for doctoral research, or as a superior terminal degree in theology. It involves 6 terms of study, which may be taken over 2 years. Prerequisite is a previous degree in theology (Bachelor or M.Div.).
Toronto School of Theology
Both Trinity and Wycliffe are members of the Toronto School of Theology, which offers a series of advanced degrees:
Master of Arts is a research degree for those who do not have a first degree in theology, but do hold a bachelor’s degree. It requires completion of an extensive thesis and language examinations. Many M. A. students intend to pursue doctoral studies.
Master of Theology is a second theological degree (requiring the M.Div., M.T.S., M.A. or equivalent) serving a number of purposes. There are two Th.M. streams. For some, the degree may lead to doctoral studies and will require a substantial thesis and language study. For others, the Th.M serves as an opportunity to engage theological issues in greater depth, but without the intention of continuing in doctoral studies. In this stream a thesis is not required. Many Th.M. students pursue their studies part-time while engaging in full-time parish ministry or other responsibilities.
The Doctor of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy are advanced research degrees for those who intend to pursue careers in academic teaching and research. The requirements of the Th.D. and PhD. are identical. Applicants must hold a first degree in theology (M.Div., M.T.S., M.A.) with first-class standing and will have written a thesis. The degrees require substantial course work, comprehensive examinations, language qualifications, and a dissertation, which will be a unique contribution to theological scholarship.
Master of Theological Studies is a two-year introductory program of studies designed both to provide a general understanding of the Christian faith and to permit students some focus on themes and issues of personal and social relevance. The M.T.S. also constitutes a basis for further graduate studies in theology. Prerequisite is a bachelor’s degree, but not necessarily in theology.
Master of Theological Studies is a two-year (60 cr.) graduate program, requiring a BA or its equivalent for admission but no prior theological training. Its purpose is to provide students a basic understanding of theological disciplines in view of further graduate studies in theology, or for general educational purposes. A comprehensive examination or a major research paper is required at the end of the degree.
Saint Paul also offers a number of graduate programs jointly with the University of Ottawa:
Master of Arts is intended for candidates who already have a good basic formation in Theology. It is designed to allow these students to gain greater familiarity with the various research methods in Theology, and to begin a specialization in a particular area, while promoting an integration of the theological formation already acquired. The program prepares students to teach at undergraduate level, to undertake doctoral studies in Theology, and to assume diverse administrative responsibilities in institutions or organizations requiring a formation in religious studies or theology. The degree may be taken with a major research paper (7 courses and a research paper) or a thesis (5 courses and a thesis). St. Paul also offers a Master’s in Eastern Christian Studies.
Master of Religious Education is a post-graduate professional degree for students with a previous degree in education and some background in theology. It consists of 30 credits in both theology and religious education, to be completed part-time over a three year cycle. As the primary objective of the program consists in training competent teachers in religious education, the program is centered on the practicum of teaching religious education.
Doctor of Philosophy is intended to promote the acquisition of a high level of intellectual autonomy and expertise in an area of research. Applicants are expected to contribute to the progress of knowledge in their discipline or area of studies by presenting original research in the form of a doctoral dissertation. The program aims to form qualified persons for university research and teaching or for other activities that require advanced specialization in our disciplines and area of studies.
Montreal Diocesan Theological College
Master of Sacred Theology Candidates who already possess a B.A. in theology or religious studies with good standing may apply for admission to a two-year McGill S.T.M. programme. Those who intend their advanced degree studies to be part of their training towards ordination must satisfy the College that they have covered at least at basic level all the essential ingredients of academic theological study in a manner suited to preparation for ministry. To complete the requirements of ordination training, the student must follow the S.T.M. with the In-Ministry Year. At the end of this year, the Dip.Min. is awarded. Students undertaking the M.Div. programme may, depending on the grades achieved in the B.Th. segment, take a one-year S.T.M. before proceeding to the In-Ministry Year.
M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies M.A. and Ph.D. studies may be pursued through the Faculty of Religious Studies of McGill. The purpose of these programmes is to encourage advanced study and research, and the Ph.D. in particular will normally lead to an academic career.
Atlantic School of Theology
Master of Arts (Theology and Religious Studies) is a one-year (three semester) program offered jointly through Atlantic School of Theology and Saint Mary’s University. This program brings together two complementary, interdisciplinary programs, Theology (AST) and Religious Studies (SMU). The focus of the program will be research on religious and theological issues and religious communities regionally, nationally and internationally. Students will be able to pursue a thesis-based MA designed to qualify for admission to doctoral programs or a course only program designed for students wishing to develop theoretical and applied skills to work within churches and other religious institutions as teachers, pastoral care workers, or lay chaplains and to work with diverse religious communities.
Master of Theological Studies offers a course of study in theology for university graduates in the arts, sciences and professions who wish to have a basic training in the theological disciplines along with the opportunity to explore in some depth their particular interests. The M.T.S. program requires the equivalent of two years of full-time study, involving twenty 3-credit hour courses. Students will choose one major and one minor area from the fields of biblical studies and pastoral studies.
At the completion of the first full semester, students with sufficiently high grades may apply to complete their MTS with a thesis option. The thesis will be credited as the equivalent of five courses towards completion of the degree.