This diploma springs from the reality that the Greater Toronto Area is one of the most diverse places on earth. It is designed to introduce students to the spirituality of many of the different religions and faith communities who are our neighbours, leading to meaningful dialogue and new points of connection with other people.

We have been able to keep costs low due to a generous donation from the Scarboro Mission society.

We are pleased to announce that we are offering the possibility of completing this diploma online. The possibility of running in-person classes will be contingent on the recommendations of the University of St. Michael’s College in conjunction with Public Health. Please contact Anthony De Feo, Programs Coordinator for further details.

  • Requirements
    • The certificate is a 10-course program. Most courses require 12 hours of contact time, with scheduling set by the instructor – e.g., four classes of three hours each, or a weekend with two six-hour days.
    • The program requires students to take two set foundational courses, a minimum of two courses examining faith communities, a minimum of two course in topics of interfaith encounter, and a capstone, project-based course worth two credits.
  • Admission + Application Form
    • Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
    • Admission is open to people of all faith traditions. A prior degree is not required to apply.
    • Submit the application form with a $25 processing fee.
    • Please note that no candidate will be considered until all documentation has been received. Please send your completed application form with a non-refundable fee of $25.00 CAD payable to the University of St. Michael’s College to:

    Committee on Admissions and Academic Standing
    Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College
    81 St. Mary St.,
    Toronto, ON
    M5S 1J4

  • Fees
    • The current tuition cost for each course is $100. (The full price per course is actually $350, but a generous donation from the Scarboro Missions society allows us to offer courses at a reduced rate. The rate may be subject to change.)
  • Fall 2020 Courses

    SMD 301
    Sacred Architecture

    This course explores the most significant religious architectural expressions in the world. We will study Taoist and Shinto shrines, Buddhist and Hindu temples, Jewish synagogues, Christian churches, and Islamic mosques. A global perspective will allow for comparisons and contrasts between Western and Non-Western architecture. Students will analyze sacred spaces and share their own experiences, in order to evaluate the design intentions and their accomplishments.

    Dates: September 28, October 5, 19, 26
    Time: 18:00-21:00
    Instructor: David Pereyra

    SMD303
    Religion and Disability

    Every religion articulates what makes an ideal human being, but often people with disabilities are excluded. This course explores disability narratives in major world religions, placing disability theologies at the center of religious inquiry. Students will examine the ways ability and disability impact spiritual engagement across religious traditions. Both sacred and modern texts will be used to understand the historical interpretations of disability and the ways religious communities engage with disabled persons today.

    Dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30
    Time: 18:00-21:00
    Instructor: Kate McCray

  • Winter 2021 Courses

    SMD 203
    Islam

    “Islam 101” course is an exploration of the basics, traditions, and values of the religion of Islam and the Muslim community.

    One of the three Abrahamic traditions, along with Judaism and Christianity, Islam presents itself as a way of life and the final Divine message of God. The core message of Islam, submission to One God, is promoted by Islamic texts as the message that was delivered to people throughout history by Prophets from Adam to the last Prophet Muhammad. Muslims, therefore, have a lot in common with people of other faith communities.

    Like all faith communities, the Muslim community has diverse schools and cultures. Diversity of schools of thought and traditions within the Muslim community has significantly contributed to the enrichment of the Islamic civilization.

    Dates: January 18, 25, February 1, 8
    Time: 18:00-21:00
    Instructor: Imam Dr. Wael Shehab

    SMD 304
    Women and Religion

    In this course, students will explore some of the social, ritual, and legal barriers women experience in their spiritual communities, and learn about the ways in which women of diverse religious backgrounds are challenging these barriers through the re-examination of traditional texts and practices. Reflecting on their own roles as both readers and interpreters, students will explore texts in translation from classical religious sources, as well as critical, feminist and other contemporary women’s interpretations of these texts (including guest speakers, films, blogs, social media, etc.), considering the influence these ideas may be having on religious practices in the 21st century.

    Dates: March 1, 8, 15, 22
    Time: 18:00-21:00
    Instructor: Dr. Shari Goldberg

Questions? Please contact inquiry.usmctheology@utoronto.ca or call 416-926-7128.

The Certificate in Theological Studies (Post-Baccalaureate), conjointly awarded by The University of St. Michael’s College and the University of Toronto, provides university graduates with a general university-level foundation in Christian studies. It may provide academic background for those interested in making applications to masters degrees. The conjoint Certificate can be earned through coursework alone and is intended to be flexible and accessible to students in full-time employment.

It requires seven semester courses (3.5 FCE) and can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

Full-time students will be able to complete all requirements within two semesters. A full-time course load is five (0.5 FCE) courses a semester.

The certificate must be completed within four academic years of first registration.

  • Program Outline

    The Conjoint Certificate in Theological Studies (Post-Baccalaureate), one-year, seven-credit courses in Christian studies, can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The certificate must be completed within four academic years of first registration. Full-time students (taking five 0.5 FCE courses a semester) will be able to complete all requirements within two semesters. Students are required to take a minimum of 1 course (0.5 FCE) each Fall and Winter semester, and be registered in consecutive academic years until completion, with the exception of approved Leaves of Absence.

    Students in the certificate program are not permitted to take graduate-level (TST 5000s and 6000-level courses).

  • Admission Requirements

    Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university, college, or Indigenous Institute with a CGPA of 2.7. Normally this should be a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in a field of the humanities or social sciences. Where applicants have a different post-secondary background, TST may require them to begin their conjoint Certificate with courses that will build their skills of research, critical thinking, and expository writing.

  • Program Requirements

    Five foundational courses (1000-level) from among the historic sub-disciplines of theological studies as indicated below:

    • Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures
    • New Testament
    • Theology (systematic theology, historical theology, dogmatic theology)
    • History of Christianity
    • Another area of Theological Studies (such as theological ethics, philosophy of religion, comparative theology, apologetics, pastoral or practical theology, spirituality, linguistics, etc.).
    • Two additional courses will be taken (with TST course codes numbered in the 2000s and 3000s), in order that students can achieve degree-level expectations in depth of knowledge.
  • Application Deadlines

    For all Graduate Program application deadlines, please refer to the TST website.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (PhD)

    The doctoral program aims to develop competence that will enable students to make an original contribution to scholarship in a chosen area of specialization. These programs prepare students to teach theology and religious studies in a university or seminary and to do university-level research and writing. For more information, please consult Advanced Degree Director Dr. Michael Attridge or contact the Graduate Centre for Theological Studies at the Toronto School of Theology.

     

    All St. Michael’s PhD degrees are granted conjointly with the University of Toronto.

    Admission Requirements

    • A degree in theology (MDiv, MTS, ThM, or MA) from an accredited theological institution.
    • First-class standing (3.7 GPA / A- or better) in course work and a thesis. If a thesis was not required for the master’s degree, substantial evidence of research ability (i.e., a 50-page paper) must be submitted with the application.
    • Language requirements: For admission into the Historical, Pastoral, and Theological departments, the applicant must be “competent” (normally proven through transcript evidence of successful completion of a one-year university course or its equivalent within the previous four years, or by passing a written examination) in at least one language selected from among ancient or modern languages necessary for their research. Alternatively, the applicant may be admitted on the condition that he or she will be able to demonstrate competence in at least one of these languages before entering the first year of studies. The TST Advanced Degree Admissions Committee determines the entrance language based on the student’s statement of purpose and previous language study. Competence in a second language (determined by the supervisory committee) is required before proceeding to the comprehensives stage of the Program, with the provision that at least one language is a language of modern scholarship. A supervisory committee may require a student to demonstrate language skills beyond the above to support research in his or her area of specialization.

    N.B. For admission, the Biblical Department requires proficiency (2 years of study) in biblical Hebrew for those specializing in Old Testament studies, together with competence in biblical Greek. Proficiency in biblical Greek is required for those specializing in New Testament studies, together with competence in biblical Hebrew. In addition competence in one modern language (German, French, Spanish, or Italian) is required. Before beginning the comprehensive examinations, doctoral students in the Biblical Department are required to establish competency in a second modern language and pass examinations demonstrating advanced ability in Greek and Hebrew commensurate with the candidate’s major testament.

    For more information on departmental supplemental requirements students should consult the current ThD and PhD Handbook.

    Admission Scholarships

    We offer up to four scholarships annually to qualified incoming doctoral students in the Faculty of Theology. Each scholarship guarantees $15,000 CAD per year for a period of four years for a total scholarship amount of $60,000 CAD each.

     

    Duration of Studies

    A minimum of two years of full-time residence is required. The student shall complete 12 units of advanced degree work comprising courses and comprehensive exams; the number of each varies by department. Each student has a doctoral supervisory committee established by his/her department, which works with the student to draw up an individualized program of studies. Half of the required courses must be taken at the 5000 or 7000 level. In addition, all doctoral students shall take three units of study in areas of significantly different minor interest in their own or another TST department or in a department of the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto. Upon completion of the course requirements, students take a series of comprehensive examinations which must be completed within three years of initial registration. Within six years of initial registration the student shall submit a doctoral dissertation.

  • Doctor of Ministry Degree (DMin)

    The DMin program is designed to develop excellence in the practice of ministry through a creative coordination of theological reflection, professional development, social analysis, and personal integration.

    Admission Requirements

    • The applicant must have a baccalaureate degree (or its equivalent) from a recognized college or university and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree (or its equivalent) accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, with a B+ average or better
    • A minimum of three years’ experience in the practice of ministry is required following the MDiv degree or its equivalency.
    • Be engaged in a recognized ministry (normally full-time), which will serve as the ministry base during this period of advanced professional study.

    Duration of Studies and Program Requirements

    Participants carry out their studies (course work, comprehensive exam, ministry project, thesis) while engaged in some form of ministerial work. The program normally takes four years, and must be completed within six years.

    Please refer to the TST website for program details and application procedures], or contact:

    Doctor of Ministry Director

    Toronto School of Theology

    47 Queens Park Cres. E.

    Toronto ON M5S 2C3

    Tel: (416) 978-6754

    Fax: (416) 978-7821

    Email: dmin.office@utoronto.ca

  • Master of Theology (ThM)

    The ThM program is designed to deepen a student’s knowledge of theology and further their preparation for pastoral ministry or for doctoral study.

    Admission Requirements

    • A degree in Arts or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
    • A Master of Divinity degree or an academic master’s degree in theological studies providing equivalent theological background (e.g., Master of Theological Studies, Master of Religion, Master of Arts in Theology of at least two years’ duration), with at least a high second-class standing (i.e., 3.3/4.0 CGPA or B+) from a recognized institution

    Language requirements

    (Option I) For admission into the Historical, Pastoral and Theological departments, the applicant must be “competent” (normally proven through transcript evidence of successful completion of a one-year university course or its equivalent within the previous four years, or by passing a written examination) in at least one language selected from among ancient or modern languages necessary for their research. Alternatively, the applicant may be admitted on the condition that he or she will be able to demonstrate competence in at least one of these languages before entering the first year of studies. The ADC Admissions Committee determines the entrance language based on the student’s statement of purpose and previous language study. Students must demonstrate competence in a second language before beginning the second year in their Program, with the provision that at least one language is a language of modern scholarship.

    N.B. For admission, the Biblical Department requires proficiency (2 years of study) in biblical Hebrew for those specializing in Old Testament studies, together with competence in biblical Greek. Proficiency in biblical Greek is required for those specializing in New Testament studies, together with competence in biblical Hebrew. Competence in one modern language (German, French, Spanish, or Italian) is also required before beginning the second year in the program.

    (Option II) Requires language competence as appropriate to the area of study.

     

    Duration of Studies and Program Requirements

    No full-time residence is required for the Th.M.. The program is to be completed in not less than one year and not more than six years from the time of original registration.

    Students are admitted into one of two options:

    • Option I: six courses, of which four are in an area of major interest and two in other areas, plus a thesis in the area of major interest. This option may serve to qualify a student for doctoral studies within the TST
    • Option II: eight courses, of which six are in an area of major interest and two in other areas, up to half of which may be at the 3000 level if there is no 6000 level version, plus an extended essay from one of the courses. This option will not qualify a student for doctoral studies within the TST.
  • Master of Arts in Theology (MA)

    The MA in Theology provides students with a graduate-level competence in several areas of theological study, preparing students for doctoral work.

    Admission Requirements

    • An applicant is normally required to have a Bachelor’s degree in Theology or a major or specialist in Theology or Religious Studies, or equivalent, from a recognized degree granting institution, with at least B+ standing (or equivalent).
    • Alternatively, an applicant may present a second-entry degree in Theological Studies, such as the Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Master of Theological Studies (MTS), representing at least two years of full-time studies or equivalent past the undergraduate bachelor’s, with a minimum of a B+ standing (or equivalent).
    • Typically, there are no language requirements for admission into the program, unless the primary sources for the proposed area of study are in a language or languages other than English (as in biblical studies). In such cases, applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in at least one language other than English.
    • Two academic letters of reference.
    • A brief statement of interest (not exceeding 500 words), identifying their research interests or proposed area of study.

    Program Requirements

    There are two options for the MA in Theological Studies:

    OPTION 1: Coursework and Master’s Research Paper (MRP)

    4.0 full-course equivalents (FCE) including:

    • TSJ 5001H Master’s Research Seminar (0.5 FCE)
    • A methodology course (0.5 FCE)
    • 4 elective courses (2.0 FCE)
    • The Master’s Research Paper (1.0 FCE)

    OPTION 2: Coursework only

    4.0 full-course equivalents (FCE) including:

    • TSJ 5001H Master’s Research Seminar (0.5 FCE)
    • A methodology course (0.5 FCE)
    • 6 elective courses (3.0 FCE)

    Languages

    During their program, students in both options may be required to demonstrate reading ability in a language in which relevant primary texts are written, or in which there is important secondary literature. Reading competence will normally be demonstrated by passing language examinations set by the Graduate Centre for Theological Studies. Language study will be recommended for those considering doctoral studies. Individual language requirements will be determined by the Graduate Coordinator.

    Program Length

    3 sessions full-time (Fall/Winter/Summer). This program is full-time only.

    Time Limit: 3 years

  • Additional Admission Requirements for the MDiv

    Fifteen semester hours (five courses) of philosophy are required, especially metaphysics, philosophical anthropology, ethics, and some aspects of the history of philosophy. Those who lack the full requirements in philosophy are required to take additional courses in philosophy during their first year of study in the MDiv program. These courses do not count as credits towards the degree.

  • Program Requirements

    Thirty courses, or their equivalent in the case of transfer students, are required for the MDiv degree. An average of B- (2.7 GPA), with no mark below B-, is requisite for the MDiv degree. In some cases, a student may apply for advanced standing on the basis of previously completed graduate-level work. The student must submit the request in writing to the Committee on Admissions and Academic Standing and supply official transcripts for the desired credits.

     

    A student may wish to be exempted from particular courses or curricular requirements because of previous studies or experience. In such cases the student must have permission from the professor of the course(s) in question. If the exemption is granted, the student must substitute another course in the same area to fulfill the requirement.

     

    With the approval of the Basic Degree Director, the instructor, and the department concerned, students may substitute supervised reading or tutorial programs for listed courses.

     

    N.B. The minimum requirements for the MDiv degree do not necessarily fulfill all the academic and pastoral training needs of those preparing for ministry in today’s Church. Students are encouraged to complete additional courses in which they have a special interest or which might be necessary for achieving their personal ministerial goals. Candidates for ordination may be advised to supplement the degree requirements with an additional year of full or part-time study. Each student has a faculty advisor to assist in planning a personalized course of study.

  • Duration of Studies and Course Load

    A minimum of two semesters are to be devoted to full-time study. A minimum residency of one year of full-time study is required or, for transfer students, ten units of study. TST work must be completed within a twelve month period.

    The degree may not be completed after less than three years or six semesters of study.

  • Curriculum

    The thirty (30) units of study are distributed as follows:

     

    Biblical Department (5 units)

    Introduction in the Old Testament (SMB1007)

    1 unit in Old Testament

    Introduction to the New Testament (SMB1501)

    1 unit from the Pauline corpus

    1 unit in either Old or New Testament

    History Department (3 units)

    History of Christianity I (SMH1010)

    History of Christianity II

    History of Catholicism (1648-Present) or History of Christianity III

    Pastoral Theology Department (3 units)

    Canon Law

    1 unit, Pastoral Care, Pastoral Counselling or Spiritual Direction

    1 unit, pastoral elective

    Theology Department (10 units)

    Foundations of Theology (SMT1101)

    Trinity

    Christology

    Christian Anthropology

    Sacramental Theology

    Ecclesiology

    Fundamental Christian Ethics (SMT1904)

    Human Sexuality & Marriage (SMT3931)

    Justice: Individual and Social (SMT3925)

    Introduction to Liturgy (SMT2402)

    Core Systematic and Ethics units must be taken from offerings in the Roman Catholic tradition.

     

    N.B. Students who choose to take the “Sacrament” course in two parts must take both at the same College. Students should seek advice from their academic advisors.

     

    Ministry and Theological Field Education (4 units)

    1 Unit, Theology of Ministry: SMP2600

    2 units, Field Placement and Theological Reflection Seminar (see below)

    1 unit comprised of 3 Pastoral Skills Units

    Free Electives (5 units)

    5 units from any area, which may include no more than 3 units of Greek, Hebrew, and/or Latin.

    Theological Education and Spiritual and Pastoral Formation

    Theological education for ministry includes sound academic studies, some experience of supervised practice in ministry, and opportunities for spiritual and pastoral formation. The Spiritual and Pastoral Formation includes: liturgical practice and opportunities for guided spiritual reflection, Theological Field Education (TFE), Pastoral Skills Units (PSU), a Learning Portfolio, and a Summative Evaluation for Ministry (SEM).

     

    Theological Field Education

    Theological Field Education begins with an orientation to field based learning in the course, SMP 2600: Theology of Ministry. It continues in an approved field placement where students engage in pastoral action and supervised theological and pastoral reflection on their learning.

     

    Upon completion of the Supervised Field Placement, the students participate on campus in the course, SMF 3010: Theological Reflection Seminar, a guided group experience focused on identifying their operative theology in pastoral practice and on articulating their self-understanding as pastoral ministers.

     

    Students should consult with the Director of Pastoral Formation by the end of their participation in the course, SMP 2600: Theology of Ministry, for assistance with developing their field-based learning goals and the placement suitable for pursuing these goals.

     

    The Field Education Cycle includes:

    SMP 2600: Theology of Ministry

    A Supervised Field Placement (SFP) for a minimum of 250 hours where the students engage in forms of pastoral practice which challenge them to grow in theological integration and self-identity as pastoral ministers. The students and supervisors articulate this learning experience in a Learning Agreement. The Director of Pastoral Formation approves both the placement site and the learning agreement.

    SMF 3010: Theological Reflection Seminar upon completion of the SFP.

    Students need to consult with their academic advisors and the Director of Pastoral Formation regarding the timing for completing the three components in the Theological Field Education program, as the full sequence of Theology of Ministry, Field Placement and Theological Reflection Seminar requires a minimum of three semesters. Upon completing the latter two requirements, two units of credit in Theological Field Education are granted.

     

    Field Education timelines:

    • For September Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by last Friday in June.
    • For January Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by last Friday in November.
    • For Summer Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by third Friday in March.

     

    Placements may include the following:

     

    • Already approved St Michael’s/TST sites
    • Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.) and Supervised Pastoral Education (S.P.E.)
    • New sites to be approved in accordance with the students learning goals

     

    Evaluation of the students in the Theological Field Education program is an ongoing process involving a learning log, supervisory sessions, and written reports at the completion of the supervised field placement. The Theological Reflection Seminar also entails written work on pastoral practice and a concluding interview with the Director of Pastoral Formation.

     

    MDiv Thesis Option

    MDiv students who maintain an A- average at the end of the second year of their program may choose to write a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the MDiv degree. Students are given two full semesters to write their theses. After two full semesters, students must apply for an extension and will be charged a program continuation fee. Further information is available from the Director of Basic Degree Programs.

     

    Fourth Year Studies

    Some Catholic dioceses or religious congregations require a fourth year of theological study for ordination candidates. Requirements for this additional year vary. The Faculty of Theology accommodates these students by providing additional academic instruction and pastoral training experiences.

  • MTS Curriculum

    The twenty (20) units of study consist of foundational courses, in-depth courses, electives, and a summative exercise, as follows:

    Foundational Courses (5 units)

    • Introduction to the New Testament (SMB1501)
    • Introduction to the Old Testament. (SMB1007)
    • 1 unit, History of Christianity I, II or III, or History of Catholicism (1648-present)
    • Foundations of Theology (SMT1101)
    • Fundamental Themes in Christian Ethics (SMT1904)

     

    In-Depth Courses (7 units)

    • any course in Old Testament
    • any course in New Testament
    • one course on Trinity
    • one course in Christology
    • one course in social, sexual, biomedical, or ecological ethics
    • any course in Church History
    • Theology of Ministry, Pastoral Care, Pastoral Counselling, or Spiritual Direction

    N.B. Core Systematic and Ethics courses must be taken from offerings in the Roman Catholic tradition.

     

    Electives (6-7 units)

    • A total of six or seven (6 or 7) free electives, depending on which Summative Exercise option is chosen.
    • No more than three units of Greek, Hebrew, and or Latin may be included.

    MTS Specialization

     

    Students may choose a specialization consisting of a total of six courses from one of the major divisions (Scripture, Systematic Theology, History or Pastoral). In-depth courses and electives may be counted toward a specialization.

     

    Summative Exercise (1-2 units)

    Students may complete the degree in one of three (3) ways: a Field Education option, a Thesis option, or a Research Paper option.

     

    Field Education Option (2 units)

    • 1 unit, Theology of Ministry (SMP 2600). Students wishing to complete the MTS program in two years take this course in their first year, as the full sequence of Theology of Ministry, Field Placement, and Theological Reflection Seminar requires a minimum of three semesters.
    • A minimum of 1 unit, consisting of at least 100 hours in an approved placement site, and a one-semester Theological Reflection Seminar. Students may take a two (2) unit Field Education program or a second one (1) unit program with the second unit counted as one of the electives.
    • The Theological Reflection Seminar constitutes the summative exercise for this degree option. Consult the Director of Pastoral Formation and Field Education about this component.
    • Students who choose the Thesis option may also choose to take the Theology of Ministry and Field Education/Theological Reflection Seminar courses as electives. Field Education timelines:
    • For September Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by last Friday in June.
    • For January Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by last Friday in November.
    • For summer Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by third Friday in March.

     

    MTS Thesis Option (2 units)

    MTS students who maintain a minimum A- average, normally after completion of 15 courses, may choose to write a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MTS degree. The thesis is worth two units of study and comprises the summative exercise for this option. Students are given two full semesters to write their theses. After two full semesters, students must apply for an extension and will be charged a program continuation fee. Further information is available from the Director of Basic Degree Programs.

     

    Research Paper Option (1 unit)

    Students may also choose to complete the degree with a major research paper. This paper should be 8000 to 9000 words, and is evaluated by one reader, who may also be the director. This option is worth one unit of study, leaving the rest of the degree to be fulfilled with a further elective course.

  • Prerequisites for the MRE

    Applicants must have at least one year of full-time experience in teaching or other forms of education ministry. Applicants without full-time experience should provide a resume detailing comparable experiences. The teaching experience need not be in school-based education, but may be of a more informal nature. If there is some question, an interview with the Programs Coordinator may be required.

  • Program Requirements

    Depending on a student’s qualifications, between 16 and 20 courses (or their equivalent in the case of transfer students) are required for the MRE degree. An average of B- (2.7 GPA) with no mark below B- is requisite for the granting of the degree.

    A student seeking exemption from particular courses or curricular requirements because of previous study or experience must have permission from the professor of the course(s) in question. If an exemption is granted, the student must substitute another course in the same area to fulfill the requirement.

  • Curriculum

    The 16-20 units of study are distributed as follows:

    Biblical Department (3 units)

    • Introduction to the New Testament (SMB1501)
    • Introduction to the Old Testament. (SMB1007)
    • 1 unit from either the Old Testament or the New Testament.

    Theology Department (5 units)

    • Foundations of Theology (SMT1101)
    • 1 unit, Christology or Trinity
    • 1 unit Sacramental Theology or Liturgy
    • Fundamental Themes in Christian Ethics (SMT1904)
    • Catholic Social Teaching (SMJ3609)
    • Core Systematic and Ethics courses must be taken from offerings in the Roman Catholic tradition.

    History Department (1 unit)

    • 1 unit, History of Christianity I, II or III, or History of Catholicism (1648-present)

    Pastoral Department: Religious Education (4 to 6 units)

    • Faith Development Across the Lifespan (SMP 3421)
    • Catholic Educational Documents (SMP 3428)
    • 4 electives in the area of Religious Education.

    N.B. Students with a BEd or equivalent may be exempt from one Religious Education elective.  Students who have completed OECTA III or show evidence of completing it during the MRE program may receive the same exemption.

    Free Electives (1 to 3 units)

    • 3 electives from any department.

    N.B. A Student with 1 year of full-time teaching experience or a student with two (2) years in parish catechesis/religious education may have one free elective reduced from the program. A student with a second year of full-time teaching experience may have a second free elective reduced from the program.

    Theological Field Education (2 units)

    Theological Field Education begins with SMP 2600: Theology of Ministry or SMP3515: Pastoral Care in the Classroom. It continues in an approved field placement where students engage in pastoral action and supervised theological and pastoral reflection on their learning. Upon completion of the Supervised Field Placement, the students participate on campus in SMF 3010: Theological Reflection Seminar, a guided group experience focused on identifying their operative theology in pastoral practice and on articulating their self-understanding as pastoral ministers. Students should consult the Director of Pastoral Formation by the end of their participation in the course, SMP 2600: Theology of Ministry, for assistance with developing their field-based learning goals and the placement suitable for pursuing these goals.

    The Field Education Cycle includes:

    • SMP 2600: Theology of Ministry
    • A Supervised Field Placement (SFP) for a minimum of 100 hours where the students engage in forms of pastoral practice which challenge them to grow in theological integration and self-identity as pastoral ministers. The students and supervisors articulate this learning experience in a Learning Agreement. The Director of Pastoral Formation approves both the placement site and the learning agreement.
    • SMF 3010: Theological Reflection Seminar upon completion of the SFP.
    • Students need to consult with their academic advisors and the Director of Pastoral Formation regarding the timing for completing the three components in the Theological Field Education program, as the full sequence of Theology of Ministry, Field Placement and Theological Reflection Seminar requires a minimum of three semesters. Upon completing the latter two requirements, one unit of credit in Theological Field Education is granted.

    Field Education timelines:

    • For September Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by last Friday in June.
    • For January Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by last Friday in November.
    • For summer Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by third Friday in March.

    Evaluation of the students in the Theological Field Education program is an ongoing process involving a learning log, supervisory sessions, and written reports at the completion of the supervised field placement. The Theological Reflection Seminar also entails written work on pastoral practice and a concluding interview with the Director of Pastoral Formation.

  • Duration of Studies and Course Load

    The MRE may be completed in between two and eight years, and may be done entirely on a part-time basis.

  • Further Study

    In some cases, MRE graduates are admissible to advanced degree programs subject to establishing M Div equivalency. This normally requires one year of study beyond the MRE. Graduates wishing to pursue advanced degree studies should consult with the Advanced Degree Director in planning this year of study.

  • MRE and the Ontario College of Teachers

    The MRE degree is one of the degrees recognized by the Ontario College of Teachers. Students who successfully complete the program may use it for entrance into the Principal’s Qualification Program and/or the Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program.