Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2011/2012
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Master of Theological Studies

No new admissions will be made to the MTS program; students should refer to the admission and program requirements for the Master of Arts in theology.

This program of theological studies is offered by the Seminary for students not preparing for the ordained ministry. As such, it is designed to help persons engage more fully in a profession in the church and the world.

The requirements for admission include a bachelor's degree (normally with a minimum grade point average of B) from a recognized accredited university or university college. Graduates of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary who hold the Diploma in Theology with a grade point average of B+ or better may apply to have the diploma considered as the basis for admission.

Additional Information
 
Program of Studies

The MTS degree program normally involves two years of full-time studies or its equivalent in part-time studies. Each student is required to complete satisfactorily the following 16 half-credit courses or their equivalent.

There are two options of study, one with a comprehensive paper (comprehensive paper option) and one without a comprehensive paper (coursework only option). All students admitted to the MTS program are admitted to the coursework only option. Students who wish to pursue the comprehensive paper option must consult with the director of the program and prepare a written comprehensive paper proposal to be submitted to the Academic Administrative Committee and will be admitted to the comprehensive paper option upon acceptance of the proposal.

Non-Comprehensive Paper Option

Required Elective
TH500A and TH500B
TH500C and TH500D
TH520A and TH520B
TH540A and TH540B
8 half-credit course electives
*Students in the Pastoral Counselling field are required to complete TH664H in place of 1 elective

Comprehensive Paper Option

Required Elective
TH500A and TH500B
TH500C and TH500D
TH520A and TH520B
TH540A and TH540B

Six half-credit course electives
TH680A and TH680B
*Students in the Pastoral Counselling field are required to complete TH664H in place of 1 elective
**Students in the Pastoral Counselling field are required to take TH664I in place of TH680A

Students in the program will select one of the following areas of concentration. They must successfully complete at least 6 of the 16 half-credit courses, including the Comprehensive Seminars (TH680A and TH680B) (if selected for the comprehensive paper stream), in their chosen area of concentration.

  • Historical theology
  • New Testament studies
  • Old Testament studies
  • Systematic theology
  • Functional theology
  • Pastoral counselling
  • Students with a concentration in pastoral counselling may pursue counselling accreditation with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Such persons would select specified MTS courses. Final acceptability of any course work towards the AAMFT membership requirements rests solely with the AAMFT Membership Committee.

    All tuition and fees for the MTS program are set by, paid to, and administered by Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.

    In order to graduate, students with a concentration in pastoral counselling must successfully complete six half-credit courses in pastoral counselling. Students in the pastoral counselling concentration are further required to select their courses in consultation with the director of the seminary's pastoral counselling programs. This program provides academic preparation but not professional certification.