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Preparing Religious Scholars

  • Research: Write a thesis to pursue research interests or prepare to study at the graduate level.
  • Flexibility: Create a program suited to individual academic interests and religious backgrounds/faith traditions.
  • Sacred Texts: Understand the historical, social and literary contexts that formed sacred texts, as well as a variety of interpretive strategies.
  • Contexts: Gain insight into changing emphases, interpretations and practices over time and in differing cultural contexts.
  • Theology and Philosophy: Explore the world’s wisdom traditions and bring them into conversation with contemporary experience.

MTS More Info


The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is a twenty-credit program that provides flexibility to create a program of study to suit your academic interests. Electives may be used to construct either a “survey” (non-specialized) or specialized program of study. The MTS is designed especially for anyone who is interested in a vocation in lay theological leadership. This program may also lead to graduate study, and therefore, MTS students have the option of writing a thesis.

Program Summary

Ten courses in each of Levels 1 and 2, for a total of 20 credits, with required Emmanuel College Core Courses, Electives and colloquia. Electives may be used to construct either a “survey” (non-specialized) or specialized program of study. The degree may be completed purely on a part-time basis, and up to eight years are allowed for completion.

MTS - Theology, Spirituality, and the Arts Stream

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Theological Studies program will be able to demonstrate

  • Knowledge of scripture, history, ethics, and theology that is substantial and relevant.
  • Comprehension of intercultural, interreligious and contextual issues bearing upon theological research and scholarship.
  • Skills and practices of theological scholarship.