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Theology (MA) and Divinity (MDiv)


 waterloo

Earn both your Master of Arts (MA) in Theology and Master of Divinity (MDiv) in three years (nine consecutive terms) of full-time study. This double degree can also be completed on a part-time basis.

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.

Customize Your Learning Experience

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).

Contextual Option

The contextual option is for those preparing for congregational ministry. The option includes congregational placements, community placements and a full-year internship.

Coursework Option

The coursework option is for those who are already engaged in full-time ministry, and allows additional options for electives in your area of interest.

Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy

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.

Public Faith and Spirituality

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.

Program Structure

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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Funding

  • A bursary valued at more than $1,500 a year is automatically applied to full-time student accounts each term.
  • In addition to the full-time bursary, annual bursaries to a maximum of $1,500 are available based on financial need (typically applied to accounts in the fall term).

Program Overview

  • Complete a minimum of 31 half-credit courses in a wide range of topics, including Hebrew scriptures, the New Testament, spiritual care, grief and God, and spiritual reflection.
  • Develop vital skills including analyzing religious texts, providing spiritual care, and performing qualitative research.
  • Both full- and part-time options are available.
  • Bring classroom learning to the community through a supervised practicum.

Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree (normally with a minimum grade point average of B) from a recognized accredited university or university college.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests, and letters of reference.

Careers

  • ordained minister/pastor
  • chaplain
  • registered psychotherapist
  • religious educator
  • teacher of theology
  • Christian writer/journalist
  • community developer
  • international voluntary organization member
  • addictions counsellor
  • mental health worker

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