Master of Divinity - Eastern Christian 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 prepare students 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 students from the Eastern Christian traditionsin order to allow them to pursue a degree focused on Eastern Christian studies. Students in the Eastern Christian Studies stream of the M.Div., designed to prepare candidates for ordained and other ministries in the churches of the Eastern Christian tradition, will take sixteen of the twenty-one compulsory courses in the Eastern Christian theological tradition.

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 of the Eastern Christian theological, liturgical, spiritual, and canonical tradition within the horizon of ecumenical diversity and religious 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

  • Catechist
  • Community or not-for-profit organization worker
  • Missionary
  • Ordained minister
  • Pastoral agent in a school, hospital or prison setting
  • Pastoral associate
  • Youth development worker
  • 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: 63 credits

  • IPA 4481 Practicum in Ministry and Service I
  • IPA 4482 Practicum in Ministry and Service II 
  • THO 2130 Foundations of Eastern Christian Theology
  • THO 2131 General Introduction to the Eastern Churches
  • THO 3160 Introduction to the Old Testament: Pentateuch and Historical Books
  • THO 3161 Introduction to the New Testament: Synoptic Gospels
  • THO 3251 Byzantine and Slavic Church History
  • THO 3301 Hermeneutics and Exegesis in Eastern Christianity
  • THO 3305 Eastern Christianity and the Encounter with World Religions
  • THO 3309 Contemporary Moral Issues in Eastern Theology
  • THO 3315 Eastern Christian Doctrine II: Salvation, Humanity, the Church and Eschatology
  • THO 3316 Ecclesiology and East-West Ecumenism
  • THO 3318 Eastern Christian Spirituality
  • THO 3319 Eastern Christian Doctrine I: Trinity, Christ and Holy Spirit
  • THO 3322 Byzantine Eucharistic Liturgies
  • THO 3323 Canonical Tradition of the Christian East
  • THO 3324 Introduction to Eastern Christian Ethics
  • THO 3328 The Holy Mysteries: Byzantine Sacraments
  • THO 3338 Byzantine Liturgical Celebration
  • THO 3347 Byzantine Liturgy of the Hours and Liturgical Year
  • THO 4206 Personal Integration Seminar

Optional Courses: 24 credits

1. Three Credits from each category:

  (a) Learning to Think Theologically

  • THO 2189 Can we talk about God?
  • THO 3162 Christian Faith: Encounter with a Self-Revealing God

(b) 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

(c) Spiritual Depth and Moral Integrity

  • IPA 4321 Pastoral Ministry and Psychology
  • THO 3166 The Good Life: Ethics and Christian Tradition
  • THO 3168 Ways of Christian Life and Prayer – Spirituality

(d) Perspectives on the Church in the Modern World

  • IPA 4322 Sociological Perspectives on Christian Community
  • THO 3165 Ecclesiology in an Ecumenical Age

(e) Old Testament Sources

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

 (f) New Testament Sources

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

2. Six Credits from:

 (a) Tradition Shaped in the Crucible of History

  • THO 3123 The Medieval Church (600-1400 CE)
  • THO 3124 The Church in the Reformation Period (1400-1648 CE)
  • THO 3167 Early Christianity: The First Five Centuries (0-600 CE)
  • THO 3250 Modern and Contemporary Church History (1648 – present)

Elective Courses: 3 credits

Students anticipating further theological studies in advanced degree programs are urged to consider the study of Latin, biblical Greek or biblical Hebrew in order to study texts in their original language. The may also choose elective courses from among those not chosen above or any other course approved by the Faculty of Theology.

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