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Theology (MA)


 waterloo

Our Master of Arts (MA) in Theology is an exceptional program of theological studies designed for students not preparing for ordained ministry. Some of the required courses for this program are offered in the evening and during the spring term, making it an excellent choice for commuting or part-time students.

There are two fields to this program:

  • Public Faith and Spirituality
  • Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy

At Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (WLS), our students discover the best of all worlds: the close-knit social community of a small college, the rich diversity of a dynamic city, and all the amenities of a world-class university (WLS is the federated college and founding institution of Wilfrid Laurier University).

Our ecumenical, multifaith and inclusive practice creates a diverse and vibrant community. Students from all backgrounds and faiths are welcome to apply.

Public Faith and Spirituality Field

The Public Faith and Spirituality field 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.

This program is designed such that required courses are rotated through the evening and during the spring term, making it an excellent choice for commuting or part-time students.

Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy Field

The Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy field is a unique form of therapy that uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. Graduates of this MA program may be eligible to pursue professional accreditation with external accrediting bodies. You are responsible to manage your course selection and application for accreditation. This program provides academic preparation but not professional certification.

Program Details

For the Public Faith and Spirituality field, you’ll take three courses in a scripture cluster (Hebrew Scriptures, New Testament, or the Abrahamic Faiths), three introductory theology courses, nine theology electives, and a research course.

For the Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy field, you’ll take five courses in scripture/theology and 10 clinical counselling courses including a two-term practicum placement.

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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

  • Number of Courses: 16.
  • Format: full- or part-time studies.
  • Start date for the Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy field: fall.
  • Start date for the Christian Studies field: fall, winter or spring (full- or part-time studies).
  • Degree conferred by: Wilfrid Laurier University.
  • No thesis; coursework or research project option.

Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Arts with minimum B average.  
  • Applications are reviewed by the WLS Admissions Committee, which considers all prior university grades, personal statement, current CV and two letters of reference (one academic).

Careers

Public Faith and Spirituality Field

  • teacher of theology
  • Christian writer/journalist
  • bible translator
  • community developer
  • international voluntary organization member
  • ecumenical council and agency employee
  • church group leader
  • community centre worker

Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy Field

  • registered psychotherapist
  • hospital or high school chaplain
  • social service worker
  • addictions counsellor
  • certified play therapist
  • mental health worker

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