The MA/MDiv double-degree program is valuable if you are preparing for chaplaincy or congregational ministry and desire a theological foundation to expand on the coursework necessary to apply for accreditation with the Ontario College of Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists. The program is also valuable if you desire to enhance your MDiv degree with an MA, so you can better prepare for further academic studies or bivocational ministry.
Within your first term of enrolment in the program, you can choose between the contextual and coursework options, and between two specific fields of study (Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy or Public Faith and Spirituality).
The contextual option is for those preparing for congregational ministry. The option includes congregational placements, community placements and a full-year internship.
The coursework option is for those who are either already working in a ministerial setting or are preparing for non-congregational ministry allowing students to take additional electives (in place of the Internship and Seminars for those in the Contextual option) and focus on coursework in areas of particular interest.
The Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy stream allows you to undertake advanced studies in spiritual care. This course of study is particularly appropriate for those considering careers in chaplaincy or counselling, or seeking accreditation with the Ontario College of Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists.
The Public Faith and Spirituality stream covers the Bible, church history, systematics, ethics and practical theology. In this wide-ranging course of study, you can focus your studies on spiritual growth and development, a comprehensive research project, or faith-based professional development.
The MA/MDiv double-degree program normally involves three years of full-time studies, or the equivalent in part-time studies. Each student is required to complete a minimum of 31 half-credit courses or their equivalent.
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