Diaconal Ministry (MTS/BTS)

Diaconal Ministry ImageSt. Stephen's College and the Centre for Christian Studies in Winnipeg have collaborated to offer programs of study in diaconal ministry leading to either a Master of Theological Studies in Diaconal Ministry or a Bachelor of Theological Studies in Diaconal Ministry degree, granted under the charter of St. Stephen's College. This degree will be conferred after completing the Centre for Christian Studies Diploma in Diaconal Ministries, and the additional requirements of St. Stephen's College. A Diploma in Diaconal Ministry from CCS prepares students for a ministry of education, service, and pastoral care in the United Church of Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada. The additional work at St. Stephen’s College enhances the academic requirements to meet the standards of at BTS or MTS degree.

Who is the MTS/BTS in Diaconal Ministry for?

This program is for students who have taken a minimum of 6 academic courses at St. Stephen’s College as part of the fulfilment of the requirements for their Diploma in Diaconal Ministries. Those who meet those requirements may pursue a Bachelor of Theological Studies in Diaconal Ministry or a Master of Theological Studies in Diaconal Ministry by fulfilling extra academic requirements in the form of the completion of an Integrative Theology Paper.  

What Can Students Expect?

Students augmenting their Diploma in Diaconal Ministry with additional work at St. Stephen’s College will already be familiar with the college environment. They will be offered personalized guidance through the final steps of learning and writing by members of the college’s Faculty. The additional work can usually be completed within one year of study.

We offer:

  • Dynamic, experienced, and accessible faculty who are committed and supportive.
  • Flexibility to develop personalized areas of interest.
  • A diverse, engaged student community.
  • Individual mentoring.

  • MTS-Diaconal Program Outline

    The program is equivalent to 2.5 years of full-time study. Students must complete all requirements within seven years. Extensions are considered in exceptional circumstances [see Program Extension policy].

    Academic Work Completed as Part of CCS Diploma:

    12 Theme Learning Circles,
    Diaconal Praxis Years,
    Global Perspectives Experience,
    3 Integrating Circles
    8 courses (Six of these courses [18 credits] must be taken at St. Stephen’s College): Intro Christian Scriptures, Christian Scriptures: Theme/Focus, Intro Hebrew Scriptures, Hebrew Scriptures: Theme/Focus, Intro Theology, Theology: Theme/Focus, Church History, Intro Ethics.

    CCS Diploma requirements prior to 2017 were different but considered equivalent to the above requirements for the purposes of the MTS degree.

    Post CCS Work:

    Integrative Theology Paper (6 credits): 40-60 pages, at the graduate level. A project of guided research founded upon personal reflection and integration designed to demonstrate the researcher’s ability to correlate learning from a variety of disciplines and integrate theological and personal meaning within a ministry setting.

  • BTS-Diaconal Program Outline

    The program is equivalent to 2.5 years of full-time study. Students must complete all requirements within seven years. Extensions are considered in exceptional circumstances [see Program Extension policy].

    Academic Work Completed as Part of CCS Diploma

    12 Theme Learning Circles,

    Diaconal Praxis Years,

    Global Perspectives Experience,

    3 Integrating Circles

    8 courses (Six of these courses [18 credits] must be taken at St. Stephen’s College): Intro Christian Scriptures, Christian Scriptures: Theme/Focus, Intro Hebrew Scriptures, Hebrew Scriptures: Theme/Focus, Intro Theology, Theology: Theme/Focus, Church History, Intro Ethics.

    CCS Diploma requirements prior to 2017 were different, but considered equivalent to the above requirements for the purposes of the BTS in Diaconal Ministry degree.

    Post CCS Work

    Integrative Theology Paper (6 credits): 40-60 pages, at the undergraduate level. A project of guided research founded upon personal reflection and integration designed to demonstrate the researcher’s ability to correlate learning from a variety of disciplines and integrate theological and personal meaning within a ministry setting.

  • Admission Requirements

    BTS-Diaconal Admission Requirements

    1. Diploma in Diaconal Ministries from Centre for Christian Studies or current enrollment in that program
    2. General readiness to function in an integrative theological program in terms of both personal qualities and academic competencies
    3. Commitment to one’s lay profession or employment (paid or volunteer) as a ministry
    4. Willingness to engage in a program that is grounded in the Christian faith but is also broadly ecumenical and multifaith

    Application Deadline:

    CCS students must apply to the program no later than after they have taken three open studies courses at St. Stephen's College.

    MTS-Diaconal Admission Requirements

    1. Baccalaureate Degree from an institution of higher education approved by a Canadian provincial authority, or the demonstrated educational equivalent. Grade average minimum must be
      72%/B/3.0 during last 60 credits of course weight.
    2. Diploma in Diaconal Ministries from CCS, or current enrollment in that program
    3. General readiness to function in an integrative theological program in terms of both personal qualities and academic competencies
    4. Commitment to one’s lay profession or employment (paid or volunteer) as a ministry
    5. Willingness to engage in a program that is grounded in the Christian faith but is also broadly ecumenical and multifaith

    Application Deadline:

    CCS students must apply to the program no later than after they have taken three open studies courses at St. Stephen's College.

**Note: The MTS and BTS in Diaconal Ministry degrees are conferred by St. Stephen's College, not by the University of Alberta. For more information, see our About Graduate Studies at SSC and Institutional Charter pages.