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Queen's University
 

Master of Divinity / Bachelor of Theology

The Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Theology are designed to prepare persons for leadership responsibilities in designated ministries within congregations and other settings.  Its goals are:

  • the development of theological wisdom, pastoral skills and spiritual growth, through a deeper understanding of one's religious heritage;
  • critical engagement with the cultural context; and
  • reflective practice on the experiences of Christian life and ministry.

Options for Study

24 month program

  • 6 continuous semesters of study
  • Intake in January, May or September
  • Students pay a program fee which covers all tuition for 6 semesters

Traditional Program

  • 6 semesters of study, usually taken over 3 years in fall and winter terms
  • Intake in January, May or September
  • Tuition fees charged by course each term

The traditional program can also be done part-time, over a maximum of ten years from the admission date.

The degree is awarded by Queen's University on the recommendation of the Faculty of Queen's School of Religion.

Admission and Application Requirements

Master of Divinity

Applicants must have a three-year baccalaureate degree (B.A.) or equivalent; normally with a minimum cumulative average of 70 percent.

  • Degree Program Application (PDF, 67KB)
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education
  • Personal statement - A 400 word "Autobiographical Statement "describing formative influences in your life, reasons for entering a program of preparation for church leadership and vocational plans.
  • Three (3) completed reference forms, from a Minister/Pastor (PDF, 74KB), an Academic Program Instructor (PDF, 72KB), and an Employer/Lay Person (PDF, 80KB). Please ask your referees to use the appropriate form. 

Bachelor of Theology

Applicants must have completed one full year (or the equivalent of 5 full-year courses) of an undergraduate degree program, with a minimum cumulative average of 70 per cent at a university recognized by Queen's. The five courses will include a two-semester credit or equivalent in English (1.0). Applicants seeking ordination must also obtain the approval of their denomination. 

NOTE:  Regulations of our accrediting body, The Association of Theological Schools, limit the number of B.Th. students we can admit.  In situations where the maximum will be reached, B.Th. applications will be ranked academically and the best applicants will be admitted until the program is full.  Applications will be accepted until one month before the start of term, at which point they will be considered by the Admissions Committee.  If an application cannot be accepted for a particular term, the applicant will be given the option of waiting until the next term when spaces are available in the B.Th. program and be considered along with any other applications also received for that term.

  • Degree Program Application (PDF, 67KB)
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education
  • Personal statement - A 400 word "Autobiographical Statement "describing formative influences in your life, reasons for entering a program of preparation for church leadership and vocational plans.
  • Three (3) completed reference forms, from a Minister/Pastor (PDF, 74KB), an Academic Program Instructor (PDF, 72KB), and an Employer/Lay Person (PDF, 80KB). Please ask your referees to use the appropriate form. 
  • If seeking ordination, official documentation of permission of denomination to do this degree.

Program Requirements - 100 units

Pluralism  (4 units)

  • THEO-781(4)  Introduction to Canadian Pluralism

Biblical Studies

Hebrew Bible (12 units)
  • THEO-511 (4) The Language of the Hebrew Bible
  • 2 electives in Hebrew Bible (8)
New Testament (12 units)
  • THEO-715 (4) The Language of the New Testament
  • 2 electives in New Testament (8)

Historical Studies (12 units)

  • THEO-545 (4) The Church in Canada or THEO-749 (4) History and Theology of The United Church of Canada
  • 2 electives in Historical Studies (8)

Systematics & Ethics (16 units)

  • THEO-771 (4) Christian Theology
  • THEO-763 (4) Christian Moral Theology or THEO-564 (4) Christian Social Ethics
  • 2 electives in Systematics & Ethics (8)

Ministry Studies (24 units)

  • THEO-705 (4) Foundations for Christian Worship;
  • THEO-706 (4) Foundations for Preaching;
  • THEO-707 (4) Introduction to Spiritual Care and Counseling;
  • One of the following (12):
    • THEO-704 (8) Supervised Practice of Congregational Ministry or THEO 703 (8) Supervised Practice of Institutional/Community Ministry, THEO-708 (2) Leadership in the Church and THEO-709 (2) The Polity of The United Church of Canada or THEO 739 (2) Topics in Church Polity
    • THEO-703 (8) Supervised Practice of Institutional/Community Ministry or THEO 704 (8) Supervised Practice of Congregational Ministry and 1 Ministry Elective (4)
    • 1 unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (12)

NOTE: UCC candidates for ordered ministry MUST take 704, 708 and 709.  Those seeking ordered ministry in other denominations MUST check with their denomination regarding their denomination's requirements.

Spiritual and Educational Formation (4 units)

  • Students will register in a 1-unit course, "Spiritual and Educational Formation" - THEO-651 (1), THEO-652 (1), THEO-653 (1) and THEO-654 (1) - each Fall and Winter term they are registered.

General Electives (16 units)

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