Master of Divinity - Anglican Studies (en anglais)

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The Theology program encourages students to develop a critical approach to the problems and challenges facing modern society. The Master in Divinity (MDiv) is a three year (90 cr.) second-entry 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. The diploma is conferred jointly by the senates of the University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University by virtue of the federation agreement between both institutions.

The MDiv will allow students to pursue a more integrated program where theory and practice are linked more organically. Saint Paul University’s MDiv distinguishes itself from that offered by other Ontario universities in its emphasis on education for dialogue and collaboration across ecumenical and interreligious boundaries, and its exploration of theology’s engagement with issues in contemporary culture.

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 integrating theoretical education, supervised practical experience and personal training.

This degree is recognized by the Association of Theological Schools.

Why choose Saint Paul University?

  • For its solid reputation, history and Catholic tradition
  • For its internationally renowned professors
  • For its small classes on a human scale
  • For its affordable tuition fees and admission scholarships
  • For its bilingual setting in the heart of the national capital, ranked as the best place to live in Canada (MonseySense 2016 and 2017)
  • For its safe and friendly campus

Career opportunities

  • Pastoral agent in a school, hospital or prison setting
  • Spiritual attendant
  • Catechist
  • Youth development worker
  • Missionary
  • Pastoral associate
  • Youth services worker
  • Community or not-for-profit organization worker

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Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate or its equivalent with a minimum average of 70% or B;
    In exceptional cases the Faculty may admit a candidate who has not obtained a baccalaureate or equivalent, if the candidate is already registered as a special student. All of the following conditions apply:
  1. Have successfully completed one year of study in a university;
  2. Have successfully completed at least ten courses (30 units) in the Faculty of Theology, which may be counted towards the degree;
  3. Have life experience that has prepared him/her for theological study at the post-baccalaureate level (e.g.: extensive experience in volunteer or paid position in a pastoral context or in other helping professions).

The number of such candidates registered in the MDiv program may not exceed 15% of the total enrolment. The evaluation of criteria for admission will be made on a case by case basis by the Program Director.

  • 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. In exceptional cases, this condition may be waived.



Compulsory Courses: 51 credits

  • THO 4160 Pastoral Ministry and Psychology
  • THO 4161 Sociological Perspectives on Christian Community
  • THO 4162 Practicum in Ministry and Service I
  • THO 4163 Practicum in Ministry and Service II 
  • THO 2189 Can we talk about God?
  • THO 3124 History of the Church 2: Reformation and Today
  • 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 Community, Conflict, Salvation: Why the Church?
  • THO 3166 The Good Life: Ethics and Christian Tradition
  • THO 3169 Liturgy and Experience
  • 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 How to Search for Wisdom?
  • THO 4101 How God Responds to Injustice: The Prophetic Voice

 (b) New Testament Sources

  • THO 4102 Freedom, Law, and Justice: Perspectives from Paul’s Writings
  • THO 4103 What is Truth?

 (c) Human Reality and Saving Mystery

  • THO 4107 Cultivating Humanity: Creation, Rationality, and Responsibility
  • THO 4108 Life as Gift
  • 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 World Religions
  • 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 History of the Church 1: Early & Medieval
  • 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 Who is Jesus Christ?
  • 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 – Spiritual Life
  • THO 4104 The Sexual Self and Ethics
  • THO 4105 Spiritual Life and Social Justice
  • THO 4106 The Ethics of Medicine, Sickness and Health

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