Queen’s is an exciting and rewarding place to study Theology. We are relatively small. You get to know classmates and faculty quickly and well. Every faculty member who teaches in the Theology Program has won a teaching award, but our instructors are also active in research and publishing. Because we are part of the School of Religion, students in Theology interact with Undergraduates and M.A. students in Religious Studies and with Faculty from other faith traditions who teach Religious Studies here at Queen’s.
Historically most Theology Programs focused on preparing persons to serve as clergy. Now degree possibilities and student interests are much broader. At the School of Religion, we offer the Master of Divinity, the Master of Theological Studies, and the Bachelor of Theology degrees. The Master of Divinity and the Bachelor of Theology are professional degrees designed to prepare persons to serve in leadership positions in either congregational or institutional settings (e.g., hospital chaplaincy, prison chaplaincy). We have a formal relationship with The United Church of Canada in preparing people for ordained ministry in that denominational tradition, though our M.Div./B.Th. students come from many different Christian denominations. The Master of Theological Studies is focused on the academic study of theology; students in this degree program come from a wide variety of Christian denominations as well as from other faith traditions.
Theological Studies or Theology is a discipline or field of study within the broad area of Religious Studies. At Queen’s, for reasons of both history and context, the Theology Program is focused primarily within the Christian religious tradition. Queen’s University itself was founded to train Presbyterian ministers for Upper Canada. From 1912-2012, the Theology Program was housed in Queen’s Theological College, an affiliated College of Queen’s University. In May, 2012, the Theology Program and the Religious Studies Department were re-integrated into Queen’s University as the School of Religion.
Please explore the web site for Theological Studies here at Queen’s and contact me if you have questions or desire further information.
John H. Young,
Chair of Theology