The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) 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 MTS 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 MTS. Normally, two years of full-time study is required to complete the program.
The MTS faculty advisor is Prof. Donald Wiebe (firstname.lastname@example.org and 416-978-2567 ext. 2567), who is a member of the Faculty of Divinity teaching staff. You will consult with your advisor prior to course registration in order to arrange a balanced program of studies that suits your educational and vocational goals. It remains your responsibility to ensure that all program requirements are fulfilled to be eligible to graduate. Your faculty advisor is available at any time throughout the academic year.
Of the 20 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 enroll 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.
Students opting to complete a two-credit thesis for the MTS will:
Students planning advanced degree study should include an ancient language in their program and note the further requirements of the department under consideration.