Master of Divinity - Eastern Christian Studies (en anglais)

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Ce programme ne sera pas offert pendant l’année académique 2019-2020.


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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Courses sequences

 A minimum number of student registrations will be required in order to offer the program.

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: 63 credits

  • THO 4162 Practicum in Ministry and Service I
  • THO 4163 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

  • THO 4160 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

  • THO 4161 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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