The MTS is a graduate-level academic degree in theology. It offers exploration of theological disciplines - broadly understood - which may be used as preparation for further study, vocational formation, or personal integration and growth. The MTS provides a flexible course of study with core courses that are augmented by electives, and ongoing interactions with a vibrant learning community.
Who is the MTS for?
As with all St. Stephen's programs, the MTS is open to people from diverse faith traditions – or no tradition. The program is ideal for those looking to receive a general theological education, or to delve deeply into a specific theological field.
The College encourages students to articulate their understanding of the spiritual dimension of human existence using the languages, symbols, and images of the traditions and worldviews with which they identify. Within this diversity, students at St. Stephen's College are expected to explore and expand their awareness of their own nurturing qualities, as they offer them in service to the Human community and to the Earth.
What Can Students Expect?
Our MTS aims to balance a solid foundation in theological studies (core courses) with an opportunity to explore a variety of interdisciplinary and creative topics through electives. The strong focus on electives allows for both breadth and depth. We offer:
- A curriculum that combines academic rigor with opportunities for personal reflection and integration
- Small class sizes and individual mentoring
- Inclusive perspectives open to multi-faith and multi-cultural views
- Courses in various formats: Week-long intensives, semester, online and independent study
- Choice between a course-based stream or a thesis-based stream
- Dynamic, experienced, and accessible faculty who are committed to your support
- Flexibility to develop and focus on your own areas of interest
- Diverse and cutting-edge approaches to research, including arts-based methodologies
- A diverse, engaged student community
Length of Program
Students taking a full course load can complete the MTS in three years. Many students take four or five years to complete the degree. Students must complete all requirements within seven years from the date on which they register in the program.
MTS graduates make a difference in the world through their presence in spiritual care and chaplaincy in hospitals and prisons, work in faith communities, social service agencies, teaching and educational administration, the arts, and many more facets of our world.
Opportunities for Spiritual Care Providers
St. Stephen's College—through many of its course offerings—supports students working towards professional certification by the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care/Association canadienne de soins spirituels (CASC/ACSS). Students seeking professional certification may need to take additional courses and training over and above the requirements of the MTS Degree Program. The onus will be on the student to consult with CASC/ACSS regarding certification categories and specifications; and to meet the expressed requirements of CASC/ACSS, both during and subsequent to their academic training.
General Program Information
Incoming students can expect to take their first course in early June of their starting year.