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Archive 2021 - 2022 > Pastoral and Ministerial Theology > Master of Divinity

Master of Divinity

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  • Program requirements

Compulsory Courses (30 units)

THO2189 Can We Talk About God? An Introduction to Theology
THO2350 Introduction to the History of Christianity
THO3160 Introduction to the Old Testament
THO3161 Introduction to the New Testament
THO3166 The Good Life: An Introduction to Christian Ethics
THO3169 Liturgy and Experience: An Introduction to Christian Worship
THO3171 Introduction to Ministry
THO4162 Practicum in Ministry I
THO4163 Practicum in Ministry II
THO4164 Practicum in Ministry III
THO4165 Practicum in Ministry IV
THO4206 Ministry Integration Project

Optional Courses (33 units)

3 units from each category:

(a) Old Testament
THO4100 How to Search for Wisdom: The Poetic Books of the Bible
THO4101 How Does God Respond to Injustice? Understanding the Prophets
Or another course in Old Testament

(b) New Testament
THO3164 Jesus in the New Testament
THO4102 Freedom, Law, and Justice: Paul’s Letters
THO4103 What is Truth? The Gospel of John
Or another course in New Testament

(c) Systematic Theology
THO3162 Revelation and Christian Faith
THO3163 The Christian God
THO3165 The Church and Salvation
THO4107 Creation and Responsibility: Theological Anthropology
THO4108 Theological Thinking
THO4109 Sin and the Question of Evil
THO4125 Christology
Or another course in systematic theology

(d) Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenical Relations
THO2167 Toward Christian Unity
THO2410 World Religions
THO4204 Christianity and Religious Plurality
Or another course in interreligious dialogue or ecumenical relations

(e) Contextual Theology
THO3172 Faith and Contemporary Culture
THO4124 Feminist Perspectives in Theology
THO4203 Christianity in a Secular Age
Or another course in contextual theology

(f) Christian History
THO3123 Early Christianity
THO3124 Reforming the Church
THO4202 World Christianity
Or another course in Christian history

(g) Additional Christian Ethics
THO3177 Faith, Ethics and the Anthropocene
THO4104 Selfhood and Sexual Ethics
THO4105 Spiritual Life and Social Justice
THO4106 The Ethics of Medicine, Sickness and Health
THO4131 Toward a Moral Economy
Or another course in Christian ethics

(h) Social Science Intersection
THO4161 Sociological Perspectives on Christian Community
Or another course in social science intersection

(j) Indigenous Christian Relations
THO4132 The Church and Indigenous Peoples
Or another course in Indigenous Christian relations


6 units in Ministry:

THO3168 Christan Prayer and Spiritual Life
THO3170 Proclaiming the Word of God in the Liturgy: Homiletics 
THO3318 Spiritual Life in the Eastern Churches
THO4110 The Eucharist
THO4160 Introduction to Pastoral Care
THO4201 Sacramental Theology
THO4205 Theologies of Ordained and Lay Ministry
THO4302 Leadership in Faith Formation
THO4303 Leadership in Christian Liturgy
Or other courses in Christian ministry

With permission from the Master of Divinity program director, students have the option of enrolling in courses inother Faculties at Saint Paul University, at the University of Ottawa, or at other educational institutions to fulfill any course requirement in the program.

Elective Courses (27 units)

Students may choose elective courses from among those offered within the basic degree programs in theology. With the approval of the program director, they may also choose from among course offerings in Human Sciences and Philosophy in order to pursue a theological theme from an interdisciplinary perspective.