Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies is a degree program in the academic study of theology. It is an 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. Students planning advanced degree study should include an ancient language in their program and note the further requirements of the department under consideration.

There is no residency requirement for the M.T.S. Normally two years of full-time study is required to complete the program.

Admission to the M.T.S. Program

Applicants holding a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a recognized university or college, having achieved at least a B- average, will be considered for admission to the M.T.S. program.

Completed application forms, official transcripts of all post-secondary education, three letters of reference, and a résumé or personal history should be sent to the College by March 31 of the year in which admission is sought. If places are available, applications will be accepted after this date. Petitions for advanced standing or transfer credit should be made at the time of application. When an application has been approved, an interview is arranged with the Dean and Director of Basic Degree Studies.

Curriculum

Of the twenty course credits required for the program, five will be required introductions to bible (Old Testament, New Testament), history, theology, and pastoral theology and each must be supplemented by two further courses in each of the four program areas (biblical, historical, pastoral and theological studies). All students must enrol in a one-credit course of independent studies in their final term in which they will engage in a summative reflective exercise resulting in a substantive report or major paper.  The summative exercise may also be a work of graphic art, a musical composition, a poem or other creative piece, with accompanying written commentary. Those considering the possibility of further graduate work in theology are advised to complete a two-credit thesis as the summative reflective exercise. The remaining five or six courses are electives, permitting students to concentrate their studies in areas of particular interest.

 

BIBLE HISTORY PASTORAL THEOLOGY INDEPENDENT STUDY OPEN ELECTIVES
_ _B1007HF
Introduction to Old Testament

TRH2061HS Birth of Theology OR History of Christianity (to AD 843) or other elective in the Historical Department

_ _P1xxxH
An introductory course on Pastoral Theology
TRT1101H
Systematic Theology
TSX3090H_ Reading and Research Course Elective
_ _B1501HF
Introduction to the New Testament
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The MTS Thesis

Students opting to complete a two-credit thesis for the MTS will

  1. Identify and meet with a faculty member who agrees to be supervisor;
  2. Prepare a thesis proposal to be approved by the supervisor before the writing of the thesis;
  3. The thesis proposal (no more than 2,000 words) shall include the following:
    1. A succinct statement of the research question and the thesis to be established;
    2. Previous enquiry on this question and available secondary literature;
    3. A description of the project as a whole, including the methods to be followed and the steps proposed to answer the research question and establish the thesis;
    4. An initial bibliography;
  4. Complete and submit a thesis of no more than 10,000 words;
  5. Carefully adopt an approved academic style, including an approved format for citation of all sources used; spelling must be consistent with a recognized Canadian standard;
  6. Provide a one page abstract;
  7. Provide,at the end of the thesis, a list of works that demonstrates responsible use of primary and secondary sources.

Students planning advanced degree study should include an ancient language in their programme and note the further requirements of the department under consideration.