Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2011/2012
Canadian Excellence

Master of Arts in Theology

The Master of Arts has two fields of study:

  • Christian Studies
  • Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy 
Additional Information
 
Admission Requirements

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 Master of Divinity may apply for admission to the Master of Arts with advanced standing.

 
Program Requirements

The program has two fields:  Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy (SCP) and Christian Studies (CS).  Both fields provide students with extensive skills in research.  Further to this, the SCP field prepares students for careers in psychotherapy, while the CS field allows students to explore areas of interest in preparation for either further graduate studies or leadership within faith based organization.

The MA degree program normally involves two years of full-time studies or its equivalent in part-time studies. Each student is required to complete satisfactorily16 half-credit courses or their equivalent.

Students selecting the field of Christian Studies are required to complete the following:

  • TH500A - Introduction to Biblical Studies: Literature and History of the Old Testament-Foundations 
  • TH500B - Introduction to Biblical Studies: Literature and History of the Old Testament-Development 
  • TH500C - Introduction to Biblical Studies: Literature and History of the New Testament -Foundations 
  • TH500D - Introduction to Biblical Studies: Literature and History of the New Testament-Development 
  • TH540A - Introduction to Theology I 
  • TH540B - Introduction to Theology II 
  • TH520A - Introduction to Church History: Church History-Early and Medieval Christianity 
  • TH520B - Introduction to Church History: Church History-Reformation to the Present 
  • TH664I - Advanced Pastoral Counselling Studies: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in Family Therapy and Ministry 
  • TH680E - Senior Research Project: MA Advanced Research Project 
  • five electives selected in consultation with the Student Advisor

Students selecting the field of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy are required to complete the following:

  • TH500A - Introduction to Biblical Studies: Literature and History of the Old Testament-Foundations 
  • TH500C - Introduction to Biblical Studies: Literature and History of the New Testament -Foundations 
  • TH520A - Introduction to Church History: Church History-Early and Medieval Christianity 
  • TH540A - Introduction to Theology I 
  • TH664I - Advanced Pastoral Counselling Studies: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in Family Therapy and Ministry 
  • TH680A - Senior Research Project: Spiritual Reflection and Thinking Theologically 
  • either TH500B - Introduction to Biblical Studies: Literature and History of the Old Testament-Development or TH500D - Introduction to Biblical Studies: Literature and History of the New Testament-Development 
  • either TH520B - Introduction to Church History: Church History-Reformation to the Present or TH540B - Introduction to Theology II 
  • seven electives selected in consultation with the Student Advisor

Students in the field of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy may pursue counselling accreditation with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Such persons would select specified MA courses. Final acceptability of any course work towards the AAMFT membership requirements rests solely with the AAMFT Membership Committee. This program provides academic preparation but not professional certification.