Master of Theological Studies (Pentecostal Studies)
The purpose of the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) (Pentecostal Studies) degree program is to offer a course of study in theology for university graduates in the arts, sciences or professions who wish to have a basic training in the theological disciplines along with the opportunity to explore in some depth their particular interests. Students may use this degree to achieve the academic requirements for credentials with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland and Labrador (PAONL).
The M.T.S. program normally 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 and fulfil all requirements of the program within seven years from the date of first registration.
This program 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 course in Church History
3 course in Theological Studies (3510-Q or 3512-Q, plus two others)
1 course in Liturgical Studies (3808-Q)
1 course in Moral Theology
1 Pastoral and Theological Integration Seminar (3900-Q)
5 courses in the 3700-Q series in Pentecostal Studies component cross-listed from Tyndale University College, taught in Newfoundland
4 electives chosen from any of the theological disciplines
20 total courses required
2. Maintain a minimum average grade of 70% with no mark below 60% in all courses so graded.
3. Fulfil all requirements of the program normally within seven years from the date of initial
4. Students admitted to the MTS Pentecostal Studies Degree, who have completed a Bachelor of Theology at a recognized Theological College or University, may request Advance Standing for five courses. The student, in consultation with the Academic Advisor – Pentecostal Studies, will identify courses for which to request Advance Standing. The request for Advance Standing is presented to the Dean. Approval of five Advanced Standing courses results in the student being required to complete an additional 15 courses for the MTS Degree (Pentecostal Studies). 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.
5. Students admitted to this degree are expected to complete Academic Development Seminar (ADS) 1: Research Methods and Academic Integrity. It is offered early int he 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; 3. critical thinking.
Note: Students desiring credentials with PAONL must complete a 600 hour internship in a PAONL assembly. Further details may be obtained by contacting the General Secretary’s office of PAONL.