Master of Theological Studies
The purpose of the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree program is to offer a course of study in theology for university graduates in the arts, sciences or professional schools 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 three-credit- hour courses. These may be taken on a full time or a part time basis. To qualify for the M.T.S. degree, the student must have achieved a minimum average grade of 70% with no mark below 60% in all courses so graded.
This program normally consists of the following requirements:
1. Twenty three-credit-hour courses, as follows:
4 courses in Biblical Studies (3000-Q, 3200-Q, plus two others)
1 courses in Church History
3 courses in Theological Studies (3510-Q, plus two others)
1 course in Liturgical Studies (3808-Q)
1 course in Moral Theology
1 Pastoral and Theological Integration Seminar (3900-Q)
9 electives chosen from any of the theological disciplines
20 total courses required.
2. Eight three-credit-hour courses (including any required courses) in a major field of study, and four three-credit hour courses (including the required courses) in a minor field of study.
3. Biblical Studies and Pastoral Studies are the only major fields of study currently offered. Credits in the Supervised Pastoral Ministry Internship are accepted toward the Pastoral Studies major only. Two three-credit-hour courses from SPM or CPE may be applied tot he major and the remainder as other electives. The Parish Internship Program is not part of the M.T.S degree program.
4. Maintain a minimum average grade of 70% with no mark below 60% in all courses so graded.
5. Fulfill all requirements of the program normally within seven years from the date of first registration in the M.T.S. program.
6. Students admitted to the M.T.S. Degree, who have completed a Bachelor of Theology at a recognized Theological College or University, may request Advance Standing for five courses. The student’s academic advisor will assist the student to identify courses for which to request Advance Standing. Approval of five Advanced Standing courses results in the student being required to complete an additional 15 courses for the M.T.S. Degree. A student may also request a waiver of two specific required courses, if they can show they have already completed an equivalent course. Waiver of a course allows the student to select another elective course.
7. Students who have completed the Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Theology by Distance at Queen’s College may apply to have SPM or CPE count as three Advance Standing credits. These three Advance Standing courses count as part of the five Advance Standing courses described above.
8. Students admitted to this degree are expected to complete Academic Development Seminar (ADS) 1: Research Methods and Academic Integrity. It is offered early in the fall semester each year. This is a compulsory series for all students admitted to a degree program. The seminars focus on 1. effective and efficient access to and use of research resources; 2. proper use and citation of resources; and 3. critical thinker.