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Bachelor of Theology by Distance

Mature students who have completed the Associate in Theology or its equivalent, and are sponsored by their denomination for ministerial training (whether as ordained or as lay) may enroll in the Bachelor of Theology by Distance program.  In addition, this program normally requires additional Associate in Theology courses, an academic year of full-time study ON CAMPUS at the College in St. John’s, a “Local Residency” phase of at least two years.  The requirements are as follows:

Phase I: Associate in Theology Courses

Fifteen two-credit-hour courses, as follows (may include those taken for the Associate in Theology program):

4 courses in Biblical Studies (two each of Old and New Testament, including 2000-Q and 2200-Q)
2 courses in Historical Studies
4 courses in Pastoral Studies
1 Introductory course in Theological Studies
1 Introductory course in Liturgical Studies
3 Elective courses

Supervised Pastoral Ministry – 12 weeks in either CPE or the Queen’s College alternative.

Students must complete all 15 Associate level courses and SPM (or CPE) before entering Phase II of the program.

Phase II: St. John’s Residency

Nine three-credit-hour courses, as follows:

1 course in Moral Theology
1 course in Homiletics
2 courses in Theological Studies
2 courses in Biblical Studies,
1 course in Liturgical Studies (Either 3828-Q or 3818-Q)
1 course in Pastoral Studies
1 course in Anglican Church History (or Denominational Equivalent)

All course selections must be made in consultation with a Faculty advisor and approved by the Provost.

Three Vocational Development Seminars

Field Education

  • Fall Semester - Pew sitting
  • Winter Semester - Community Placement

During this Year, as part of their training, students are expected to participate fully in the College’s commitment to a common rule of life, which requires attendance at Daily Offices, the Holy Eucharist, College retreats, and at all other community events.

Phase III: “Local” Residency

Four three credit-hour intensive courses offered by the College in central locations on a two-year cycle:

  • Christian Education
  • Systematic Theology
  • Moral Theology
  • Advanced Homiletics

Three additional courses as arranged by the College:

  • Denominational Studies (including topics such as Ethos, History, Liturgy, Polity, and any others deemed important by the student’s own denomination)
  • Parish Leadership and Administration.
  • Liturgy (Baptism or Eucharist)

Field Education – Year 1: Students will observe and reflect upon pastoral practice in various settings under the guidance of a denominationally approved mentor appointed by the College. Students will also arrange to receive regular spiritual direction, which hopefully will continue in subsequent years.

Field Education – Year 2:  A Parish Internship of at least 570 hours under local supervision in accordance with the guidelines of the College.

Throughout the program, a minimum average of 65% with no mark less than 60% in all courses so graded.

All requirements are normally to be completed within seven years of the date of initial registration in the Bachelor of Theology program.

N.B.  Students in Phase I of this program are not eligible for Student Loans