Master of Divinity - Anglican Studies (en anglais)

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Program description

Theology is the study of the nature of God and religious belief. This Theology program encourages students to develop a critical approach to the problems and challenges facing modern society. The Master in Divinity (M.Div.) is a three-year (90 cr.) second-entry graduate program, (that is, it requires a B.A. or its equivalent for admission but no prior theological training). As such, it is a general degree in theological education whose purpose is to provide students a general theological education and a professional formation. Its aim is to prepare them for ordained and lay ministries and general pastoral leadership in Christian communities and other faith-based agencies serving the wider society.

Continuing the tradition of a Catholic theology’s dialogical engagement in the context of contemporary culture and religious pluralism, Saint Paul University offers a distinctive stream within the M.Div. to meet the formation needs of Anglican students through the Anglican Studies Program, consistent with the document Competencies for Ordination to the Priesthood in the Anglican Church of Canada.

Students in the Anglican Studies stream of the M.Div., designed to prepare candidates for ordained and other ministries within the Anglican Church, will follow compulsory courses in theology, including two with particular Anglican focus.

While the program may be completed on a part-time basis, students are required to register full-time for at least one year with a view to the integration of academic study, supervised field experience, and personal formation.

The M.Div. is the most widely recognized degree for the preparation of candidates for ministry. The program is designed to assist students in integrating theory and practice through supervised field placements and practica.

Graduates of the M.Div. are eligible to apply to the M.A., in Theology, a program in advanced theological research.

Graduates holding a M.Div., after five years of professional ministry, may be admitted to the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.).

What you’ll learn

Students will learn about the heritage of the Christian tradition, with an emphasis on the Anglican tradition, within the horizon of ecumenical diversity and religion pluralism. They will gain an understanding of the contemporary cultural context, with attention to the dialogue between faith and culture; growth in spiritual depth and moral integrity, through an appreciation of the interiority of the human person and of the principles of social justice. They will develop a capacity for ministerial and public leadership through formative experience and personal integration, including study in conflict and dialogue.

Why choose Saint Paul University?

  • For its reduced class sizes and small student-teacher ratio
  • For its safe, secure and friendly campus with personalized services
  • For its bilingual setting in the heart of the national capital
  • For its diverse student population and international vision
  • For its solid reputation, experience, history and Catholic tradition

Career opportunities

  • Priest
  • Deacon
  • Catechist
  • Community or not-for-profit organization worker
  • Missionary
  • Pastoral agent in a school, hospital or prison setting
  • Pastoral associate
  • Youth development worker
  • Attendant for the elderly
  • Youth minister
  • Youth services worker

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Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate with a minimum average of 70% or B;
  • Evidence of suitability for pastoral leadership attested through a letter of recommendation and pre-admission interview;
  • Evidence of ability to succeed in a post-baccalaureate program of study, attested in a letter of reference from a professor familiar with the applicant’s previous academic work.

Compulsory Courses: 51 credits

  • IPA 4321 Pastoral Ministry and Psychology
  • IPA 4322 Sociological Perspectives on Christian Community
  • IPA 4481 Practicum in Ministry and Service I
  • IPA 4482 Practicum in Ministry and Service II 
  • THO 2189 Can we talk about God?
  • THO 3124 The Church in the Reformation Period (1400-1648 CE)
  • THO 3160 Introduction to the Old Testament: Pentateuch and Historical Books
  • THO 3161 Introduction to the New Testament: Synoptic Gospels
  • THO 3162 Christian Faith: Encounter with a Self-Revealing God
  • THO 3165 Ecclesiology in an Ecumenical Age
  • THO 3166 The Good Life: Ethics and Christian Tradition
  • THO 3169 Liturgy Life of the Church
  • THO 3170 Proclaiming the Word of God in the Liturgy
  • THO 3171 Introduction to Pastoral Practice I
  • THO 4201 Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist
  • THO 4205 Theology and Practice of Ministry
  • THO 4206 Personal Integration Seminar

Optional Courses: 39 credits

1. Three Credits from each category:

 (a) Old Testament Sources

  • THO 4100 Wisdom Texts and Intertestamental Literature
  • THO 4101 The Prophetic Books

 (b) New Testament Sources

  • THO 4102 Pauline Literature and Theology
  • THO 4103 Johannine Literature

 (c) Human Reality and Saving Mystery

  • THO 4107 Humanity: Creature and Creator
  • THO 4108 Grace and Christian Existence
  • THO 4109 Sin and the Question of Evil

 (d) Foundations for Dialogue with People of Other Faiths

  • MIS 2108 Theory and Praxis of Interreligious Dialogue
  • THO 2410 Introduction to the Religions of the World
  • THO 4204 Christianity and Religious Pluralism

(e) Contextual Issues in Church and Theology

  • THO 3172 Faith and Contemporary Culture
  • THO 4124 Feminist Perspectives in Theology
  • THO 4202 Global Christianity
  • THO 4203 Christianity in a Secular Age

 (f) Formation for Ministry

  • ECS 2123 Dialogue
  • THO 4111 Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation, Anointing, Funeral Rites
  • THO 4302 Leadership in Faith Formation
  • THO 4303 Leadership in Christian Liturgy

 (g) Tradition Shaped in the Crucible of History

  • THO 3123 The Medieval Church (600-1400 CE)
  • THO 3167 Early Christianity: The First Five Centuries (0-600 CE)
  • THO 3250 Modern and Contemporary Church History (1648 – present)

2. Six Credits from each category:

 (a) Divine Self-Disclosure: The Foundation of Christian Hope (6 cr.)

  • THO 3163 The Christian God: Speaking of the Divine Mystery
  • THO 3164 Jesus the Christ and the Language of Christian Hope
  • THO 4125 Christologies, Past and Present

 (b) Anglican Studies

  • THO 2177 Selected Topics in Anglican Studies
  • THO 3118 Anglican Liturgy
  • THO 3147 The Anglican Tradition
  • THO 3174 Contemporary Anglican Theology
  • THO 3175 Anglicans and Unity

 (c) Spiritual Depth and Moral Integrity

  • THO 3168 Ways of Christian Life and Prayer – Spirituality
  • THO 4104 The Sexual Self and Ethics
  • THO 4105 Spirituality and Social Justice
  • THO 4106 The Ethics of Medicine, Sickness and Health

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