Master of Theological Studies - Eastern Christian Studies (en anglais)

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This Theology program encourages students to develop a critical approach to the problems and challenges facing modern society. The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is a two-year (60 cr.) second-entry program, (that is, it requires a BA 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 basic understanding of theological disciplines in view of further studies in theology, or for general educational purposes. It also prepares students to do upper-level graduate study in subsequent years. For example, those who graduate with an M.T.S. are eligible to apply to the M.A., in Theology.

The program provides a strong formation for students looking to develop a critical understanding of the heritage of the Christian tradition and its contributions to contemporary society and culture through dialogue and service. Students will gain a broad, general knowledge of the Catholic theological tradition and the plurality of its expression, with the possibility of attaining a focused knowledge in a specific discipline or interdisciplinary theme. They will learn to think theologically through the acquisition of knowledge from across various theological disciplines, perspectives and methods.

This degree is recognized by the Association of Theological Schools.

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.

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.


Exigences d'admission

  • Baccalauréat avec une moyenne d’au moins 70% ou B;
  • Évidence d’une capacité à réussir dans un programme d’études post-baccalauréat attesté par deux lettres de référence de professeurs ayant connu l’étudiant dans le contexte de ses études universitaires antérieures.

Compulsory Courses: 27 credits

  • 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 3167 Early Christianity: The First Five Centuries (0-600 CE)
  • THO 3301 Hermeneutics and Exegesis in Eastern Christianity
  • THO 3318 Eastern Christian Spirituality
  • THO 3324 Introduction to Eastern Christian Ethics
  • THO 3328 The Holy Mysteries: Byzantine Sacraments

Optional Courses: 15 credits

1. Three Credits from each category:

(a) Foundations for Dialogue with People of Other Faiths (3 cr.)

  • MIS 2108 Theory and Praxis of Interreligious Dialogue
  • THO 2410 Introduction to the Religions of the World
  • THO 3305 Eastern Christianity and the Encounter with World Religions

(b) Contextual Issues in Church and Theology (3 cr.)

  • THO 3172 Faith and Contemporary Culture
  • THO 3309 Contemporary Moral Issues in Eastern Theology
  • THO 3316 Ecclesiology and East-West Ecumenism
  • THO 4203 Christianity in a Secular Age

(c) Summative Exercise (3 cr.)

  • THO 4140 Theological Synthesis
  • THO 4207 Major Research Paper

2. Six Credits from:

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

  • THO 3319 Eastern Christian Doctrine I: Trinity, Christ, and Holy Spirit
  • THO 3315 Eastern Christian Doctrine II: Salvation, Humanity, the Church and Eschatology
  • THO 3325 Theology and Spirituality of Icons

Elective Courses: 18 credits

Students may choose elective courses from among those offered within the basic degree programs in theology. With the approval of the Faculty of Theology, they may also choose from among course offerings in Human Sciences (Philosophy, Conflict Studies, Social Communication, etc.) in order to pursue a theological theme from an interdisciplinary perspective. Those 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.

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Université Saint-Paul

223, rue Main
Ottawa (Ontario) Canada
K1S 1C4


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