Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

The Master of Theological Studies at St. Stephen’s College invites students to encounter diverse faith traditions and cultures in ways that enrich their person and deepen their social engagement. The core courses are oriented toward cross-cultural and inter-religious experiences, personal and intellectual formation, and development in community leadership. Dedicated study tracks allow students to specialize in ways that deepen their spiritual understanding and/or focus on one of several vocational fields. The MTS can be taken as either a 42-credit course-based degree or a 48-credit thesis-based honours degree.

MTS Learning Objectives

Students who complete the Master of Theological Studies will:

  1. Demonstrate a growing capacity to honour and engage differences in individuals, communities, and social issues
  2. Have an increased capacity for spiritual and theological reflection
  3. Be able to articulate how leadership engages diverse faith commitments
  4. Have demonstrated a capacity for critical thought and cogent communication

MTS Specializations

Faith and Culture Specialization

The MTS in Faith and Culture is an academic degree that is open to students across denominations and faith-traditions. Designed for students who wish to deepen their appreciation of the diverse expressions of human spiritual awareness in our society, this degree combines the study of religious traditions as well as contemporary developments. Students who desire a challenging program of self-enrichment, wish to augment their professional practice with a greater understanding of the human spirit, or prepare to pursue further doctoral studies in theology, will be drawn to this stream.

Additional Learning Objectives:
In addition to the core MTS learning objectives, students who complete the MTS in Faith and Culture will:

  • Have deepened their appreciation of diverse expressions of human spiritual awareness.

 

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Spiritual Care Specialization

The Spiritual Care Specialization is an academic-professional degree that equips students with the foundational skills and aptitudes needed for a variety of spiritual care or chaplaincy contexts (such as healthcare, prisons, the military, postsecondary, business and corporations, inner-city/street organizations, and civil services such as city, police, fire). Curriculum in this specialization is designed to equip students in four areas of competency: (a) skills for professional spiritual care practice, (b) disciplines for self-knowledge and selfcare, (c) leadership skills, and (d) the ability to engage in spiritual care across lines of diversity and difference. This specialization has been developed through a partnership of St. Stephen’s College with four other theological colleges in the Province of Alberta: Ambrose Seminary (Calgary), Taylor College and Seminary (Edmonton), Newman Theological College (Edmonton), and Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College (Cochrane).

Additional Learning Objectives:
In addition to the core MTS learning objectives, students who complete the MTS in Spiritual Care will:

  • Be able to demonstrate skills for professional spiritual care in ways that honour and engage diverse faith commitments and worldviews.
  • Demonstrate disciplines for self-knowledge and selfcare.

 

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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. Extensions beyond the seventh year are considered in exceptional circumstances (see Program Extensions policy).

General Program Information

MTS Core Courses (15 Credits)
Collegium (enrolled for three years) 0
Introduction to Theology: Wisdom and Interreligious Theology (SSC511) 3
Diversity in Faith and Culture (SSC547) 3
Great Scriptures and Stories (TBD) 3
Leadership: Power, Privilege, and Allyship (TBD) 3
Writing Course (TBD) 3
Specialization Course (21 Credits)
Hebrew Scriptures (SSC501), or approved substitute 3
Christian Scriptures (SSC505), or approved substitute 3
Sacred History (SSC521), or approved substitute 3
Spirituality: Contemplation to Action (SSC5540) 3
Intersectional Theology (SSC5154) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Final Writing Project (6 or 12 credits)
Academic Skills (TBD) 3
Culminating Paper or Thesis 3 or 9
MTS Core Courses (15 Credits)
Collegium (enrolled for three years) 0
Introduction to Theology: Wisdom and Interreligious Theology (SSC511) 3
Diversity in Faith and Culture (SSC547) 3
Great Scriptures and Stories (TBD) 3
Leadership: Power, Privilege, and Allyship (TBD) 3
Writing Course (TBD) 3
Specialization Course (21 Credits)
Theological Reflection in Professional Practice (SSC589 at SSC), or
Foundations of Spiritual Care (SC501 at Ambrose)
3
Professional Ethics in Psychotherapy & Spiritual Care (PPSYC583 at SSC), or
Professional Ethics (SC625 at Ambrose) , or
Bioethics: Moral Issues from Life Sciences (STP576 at Newman)
3
Leadership & Leadership Formation (LE503 at Ambrose) , or
Spiritual Leadership (2P3231 at CSBSC)
3
Supervised Pastoral Education (CPE5889 at SSC) , or
approved Field Placement from list below
3
Supervised Pastoral Education (CPE5889 at SSC) , or
approved Elective from list below
3
Spiritual Care Elective from list below 3
Elective 3
Final Writing Project (6 or 12 credits)
Academic Skills (TBD) 3
Culminating Paper or Thesis 3 or 9

Complete List of Approved Spiritual Care Courses at Participating Colleges
Note: CPE (=6 cr.) fulfills one Elective (3 cr.) + Field Education (3 cr.)

St. Stephen's College
Theological Reflection in Professional Practice (SSC589)
Professional Ethics in Psychotherapy and Spiritual Care (PPSYC583)
Diversity in Faith and Culture (SSC547)
Spiritual Assessment in the Promotion of Health (INTD577)
Supervised Pastoral Education (CPE5889; 6 cr. Field Placement)

Ambrose Seminary
Foundations of Spiritual Care (SC501)
The Ministry of the Chaplain (SC610)
Introduction to Prison Chaplaincy (SC613)
Spiritual Care of the Dying (SC615)
Professional Ethics (SC625)
Leadership & Leadership Formation (LE503)
Leadership and Resilience (LE633)
Crisis Counselling (CC602)
Personal Formation & Development (PT501)
Intercultural Competence (MI502)
Pastoral Internship or Mentoring (PT712/721; 3 cr. Field Placement)
Intercultural Internship or Mentoring (MI712/720; 3 cr. Field Placement)
Clinical Pastoral Education (SC715/716; 6 cr. Field Placement)

Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary
Dealing with Conflict (2C1243)
Spiritual Formation (2P3215)
Spiritual Leadership (2P3231)
Capstone Ministry I & II (2P2341/2P2342; 3 cr. Field Placement)

Newman Theological College
Spiritual Direction (STP575)
Bioethics: Moral Issues from Life Sciences (STP576)
Introduction to Pastoral Counselling (STP586)
Theological Field Education (STP470; 3 cr. Field Placement)

Taylor College and Seminary
Gospel in Multi-Cultural/Faith World (MI620)
Personal Dev. & Ministry (PC431)
Crisis Intervention (PC632)
Spiritual Formation (PT540)
Field Education (FE442/443/444; 3 cr. Field Placement)
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. Readiness to function in an integrative adult learning program in terms of both personal qualities and academic competencies.
  3. Willingness to engage in a program that is broadly ecumenical and multifaith; readiness to engage deeply in personal reflection; commitment to the practice of a spiritual life.

Application Deadline: February 1 for Canadian and Permanent Resident applicants. November 1 for international applicants and applicants applying for a Baccalaureate equivalency review (equivalency fee $225); if equivalency is granted, applicants then pay the normal application fee.
Interview: Applicants will attend an admission interview as part of the application process. Intake interviews will reflect on the applicant’s learning goals and determine her/his appropriateness for admission to the program.

Orientation Day and Program Start Date: Upon admission, students are expected to register for the St. Stephen’s College Orientation Day (usually in early June). Incoming students can expect to take their first course in early June of their starting year.

 

**Note: Prospective students applying for admission in 2021 should note that the Master of Theological Studies degree was approved in principle at the September 2020 meeting of the St. Stephen’s College Senate and will receive final approval at the February 2021 Senate meeting. The delay in receiving final approval is due to the pandemic.

**Note: The Master of Theological Studies degree is 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.