Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2011/2012
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Master of Theology

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

The MTh degree is offered with three fields: 

  • pastoral counselling
  • Christian ethics
  • homiletics

Additional Information
 
Admission Requirements

No new admissions will be made to the MTh program; students should refer to the admission and program requirements for the MA in theology. 

Pastoral Counselling

Applicants for admission must hold the MDiv degree or its equivalent with at least an average of B and a minimum of two courses or their equivalent in the area of pastoral care and counselling.

Prior to undertaking course work the applicant should have successfully completed a practicum in supervised pastoral education, normally consisting of one unit or at least 400 hours in a training centre accredited by the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education (CAPPE).

Entrance deficiencies must be made up prior to completion of course work.

Christian Ethics

Applicants for admission must hold the MDiv or its equivalent with an average grade of B and a minimum of one course in the field of Christian ethics.

Prior to undertaking course work, normally the applicant should have competence in one biblical language and demonstrated competence in a research language (which may be a computer language or statistics) as appropriate to the thesis interest.

Entrance deficiencies must be made up prior to completion of course work.

Homiletics

The purpose of the MTh in homiletics is for persons who have achieved MDiv-level competence in preaching and related disciplines to undertake advanced study in homiletics. Through this program the Seminary intends to participate in the development of pastors, Lutheran and non-Lutheran, by providing advanced knowledge in and practice of preaching, in an ecumenical and Canadian context. Such studies may be an end in themselves or may lead to doctoral studies in homiletics or in a related discipline such as communications, religion and literature, and liturgics.

Applicants for admission must hold the MDiv degree or its equivalent with an average of B and a minimum of two courses or their equivalent in homiletics.

Prior to undertaking course work, the applicant should have competence in one biblical language.

Entrance deficiencies must be made up by the end of the first term of enrolment.

 
Program Requirements

Program requirements for each specific field of the MTh program are outlined below.

Program Requirements - MTh (Pastoral Counselling)

Students focusing on marriage and family studies who take the field study option will be required to take one extended unit of Pastoral Counselling Education (PCE) in a CAPPE-accredited training centre with AAMFT approved supervision in consultation with the director of the program.

Courses will be offered in the following six areas:

  • Theory and method: Each student will be required to take 3 half-credit courses in the theoretical and practical implications of the various models of pastoral care and counselling.
  • Research methodology: Each student will be required to take a half-credit course in research design in pastoral counselling.
  • Family of origin studies: Each student will be required to take a half-credit course which will prepare the student for an in-depth study project of his/her own family of origin relational dynamics.
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives: Each student will be required to take one half-credit elective courses in related theological disciplines. A variety of courses will be offered in which the students may explore the interrelatedness of pastoral counselling and complementary disciplines of systematic theology, Bible, historical theology, ethics, homiletics, liturgics and pastoral care.
  • Professional Ethics: Each student will be required to take 1 half-credit course in professional ethics

Course Requirements

A field study in the student's area of concentration is optional by substituting one extended unit of Supervised Pastoral Education (SPE) for one of the related elective courses.

The course requirements include seven half-credit courses, including:

  • One half-credit course in family of origin studies;
  • Three half-credit course in theory and method;
  • One half-credit course in research methodology;
  • One half-credit courses in related theological disciplines with the option of one of these courses being substituted by one SPE unit; 
  • One half-credit course in Professional Ethics 
  • A thesis, including an oral examination which will focus on the thesis, but which may include materials in the student's entire program.

Model Program of Study

 Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Family of origin
Related elective
Theory & Method (1/2)
Theory & Method (1/2)
Related elective
Research Design
Professional Ethics
Thesis
 

Program Requirements - MTh (Christian Ethics)

In order to accomplish the purpose of the program, courses will be offered in five areas:

  • The methods and resources of the discipline: Each student will be required to take a half-credit course in the methods and bibliography of Christian ethics.
  • The historical development of the discipline: Each student will be required to take a half-credit course which examines how the discipline of Christian ethics has developed over time. The emphasis in this area is on the development of ethical thinking and models, not on specific issues.
  • Specific ethical issues: A variety of courses will be offered from time to time which address one ethical issue or a complex of a small number of closely related issues (e.g., bioethics, war and peace, church and labour, etc.). The courses will examine the selected issue from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Such courses may be team taught by regular and/or adjunct faculty.
  • The relationship of Christian ethics to other theological disciplines: A variety of courses will be offered in which the student may explore practical or theoretical integration. These courses may be part of the regular seminary curriculum and may be team taught by regular and/or adjunct faculty.
  • Research methodology: Each student will be required to complete a half-credit course in quantitative and qualitative research methodology (TH664I - Advanced Pastoral Counselling Studies: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in Family Therapy and Ministry).

Course Requirements

The course requirements include seven half-credit courses, as follows:

  • One half-credit course in methods and bibliography;
  • One half-credit course in the history of Christian ethics;
  • Two half-credit issues courses in Christian ethics;
  • Two half-credit courses in related disciplines;
  • One half-credit course in quantitative and qualitative research methodology.

Note: At least three of the above courses must be courses for MTh students only.

  • A thesis, including an oral examination which will focus on the thesis but which may include material in the student's entire program.

Model Program of Study

Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Methods & Bibliography
Ethical issues elective
Related elective
Quantitative and qualitative research
History of Christian ethics
Ethical issues elective
Related elective
Thesis

Program Requirements - MTh (Homiletics)

Courses will be offered in five areas:

  • Foundation literature of the discipline: Each student will be required to take a half-credit course in the bibliography of homiletics to gain an acquaintance with the scope of and major developments in the discipline.
  • Theory and method: Each student will be required to take a half-credit course in the major theoretical and methodological options available to the preacher.
  • Specific areas in homiletics: A variety of courses will be offered from time to time which address such areas as history of preaching, types of sermons, occasional sermons and notable preachers.
  • Research methodology: Each student will be required to complete a half-credit course in quantitative and qualitative research methodology (TH664I - Advanced Pastoral Counselling Studies: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in Family Therapy and Ministry).
  • The relationship of homiletics to other theological disciplines: A variety of courses will be offered in which the student may explore the interrelatedness of homiletics and complementary disciplines of systematic theology, Bible, ethics, pastoral care, liturgics and Christian education. These courses may be part of the regular seminary curriculum, and may be team taught by regular and/or adjunct faculty.

Practicum

Each student will be required to complete a practicum which involves the student in experiential learning and critique. The practicum will normally include a component related to the student's thesis interest. Each practicum will include both theoretical and experiential components.

Course Requirements

The course requirements include six half-credit courses, as follows:

  • One half-credit course in bibliography;
  • One half-credit course in theory and methods;
  • Two half-credit courses in specific areas of homiletics;
  • One half-credit course in quantitative and qualitative research methodology;
  • One half-credit course in a related discipline.

Note: At least three of the above courses must be courses for MTh students only. Up to two courses may be taken in another accredited theological seminary.

  • Homiletics practicum (equivalent of a half-credit course);
  • A thesis, including an oral examination which will focus on the thesis but which may include material in the student's entire program.

Model Program of Study

Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
1/3 Homiletical literature
Theory and methods
Related elective
Specific area elective

1/3 Homiletical literature
Specific area elective
Quantitative and qualitative research
Practicum

1/3 Homiletical literature
Thesis