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Master of Divinity

Huron’s Faculty of Theology will be happy to welcome you into our midst. Our programs are continually monitored, evaluated, and improved so that we can offer you the very best in theological education and formation, and our faculty are committed to your intellectual and spiritual growth. Students from any denomination are welcome to study with us.

Master of Divinity students at Huron engage in a wide variety of experiences as they undertake their formation for ministry and service. What all members of the community have in common is the desire to know God more deeply, to serve others, to grow intellectually, and to mature spiritually. You will be welcomed into our community of prayer and study with the hope that, in a very short time, you might call us home.

Alumni Stories

We are proud of our Master of Divinity graduates, who are dedicating their lives to spiritual and civic leadership around the world. This program is intended to prepare students for Christian ministry, but our graduates are well prepared to Lead with Heart in both church and community settings. We welcome students from every denomination and interest area, so our graduates move on to create positive change across a diverse array of sectors.

Learn more about how our alumni have found success with their Huron theological education as foundation.

  • Huron provided all the financial support possible to make a married, low-income student like myself able to fully take part in academic life. The tremendous teaching and mentorship I received set me up to receive a full scholarship to the University of Edinburgh for my PhD. Without Huron, this would have never occurred.
    Chris Medland
    MTS ’13, MA ’15
    Read more
  • You develop within classes that foster critical thinking; challenge you to ask complex questions; and learn how to understand the world in a more human way.
    Beth Koudys
    Honours BA, Master of Divinity ‘14
    Read more
  • I found my spark and pursued it at Huron, and the experience was phenomenal.
    Michael Bodkin
    Master of Arts (Theology) Graduate, PhD Candidate at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at Western University
    Read more

The Quick Facts

  • The MDiv is a three-year, post-baccalaureate, professional undergraduate degree to prepare you for ordination and service.
  • The program may be taken full-time or part-time; however, the maximum duration of the degree is six years.
  • The degree is granted by Western University and accredited by the Association of Theological Schools; it is also recognized by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada for the training of ordinands, but we are pleased to welcome students from a variety of denominations.
What will I gain?
  • Knowledge of the Bible and its interpretation using contemporary methods of criticism
  • Understanding of Christian doctrines and the historical, methodological and philosophical approaches to the study of theology
  • Skills in ministerial leadership:  preaching, pastoral care, personal and public prayer, worship planning, and management and administration
  • Ability to provide diverse forms of public leadership and service
  • Cultural sensitivity and awareness for living in an ecumenical and multi-faith context
Why Huron’s MDiv?
  • small, inclusive learning community within one of Canada’s leading Liberal Arts universities
  • over 150 years of excellence in theological education
  • new context-driven approach allows you to develop skills and knowledge as a church leader in your local community
  • new program mode includes convenient, two-day timetable and distance learning option
  • knowledgeable, supportive faculty who take a personal interest in your learning and development
  • excellent research support in Huron’s Library and Learning Services and Writing Services
  • generous financial aid available to students who qualify
  • full access to Western University amenities – and graduate with a Western degree
Admission Requirements

You may apply to the MDiv if you hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognized university. A limited number of competitive, discretionary admissions may be available for those without a bachelor’s degree (contact the Faculty for details).  Occasional January part-time admission is possible.  (Contact the Faculty for information.)

Deadline for application is May 30 for September entry (enquire at the Faculty of Theology office if that date has passed).

Taking Courses Only (Not the Degree), Letter of Permission, and Special Student: 

You may take courses without being in a degree stream in the following ways when you already hold a university degree:

  • Special Students already hold a university degree & wish to take individual course(s), for audit or credit, without being in a degree program.
  • Letter of Permission students are visiting students from another university.

Deadline for Special Student or Letter of Permission status:   August 1 for September starts and December 1 for January starts (Call the Faculty of Theology office, 519.438.7224, ext. 289, directly if this deadline has passed, for further information).

MDiv Degree Requirements

General degree Requirements: 

Students complete the following 30 half-courses over three years (full-time or part-time equivalent). Normal full-time enrolment is 5 half-courses per term, 10 half-courses per year. The total program of study for the MDiv shall not extend beyond 6 years.

Area I: Biblical Studies–Old Testament, New Testament, and related studies 

  • Biblical Studies 5110a/b, 5116a/b, and 5120a/b* (Before Sept. 2015: BS 5112a/b*)
  • One of Hebrew 5040a/b or Greek 5103a/b
  • One half course in New Testament from Area I, Biblical Studies
  • One half-course in Old Testament from Area I, Biblical Studies (*Before Sept. 2015: BS 5114a/b)
  • One half-course from Area I, Biblical Studies, including Greek, or Hebrew

Area II: Theological Studies–Philosophical Theology, Systematic Theology, Theological Ethics 

  • Systematic Theology 5103a and Theological Ethics 5203a
  • Three further half-course from Area II, Theological Studies

Area III: Historical Studies–Studies in Church History, History of Christian Thought, and other historical studies of Christianity, the Christian tradition 

  • Church History 5104a/b and 5106a/b
  • One further half-course from Area III, Historical Studies

Area IV: Public Leadership and Ministry Studies

  • Studies in the work of the church, in particular conducting liturgy and preaching, and of the various forms of ministry, pastoral care and public leadership
  • Homiletics 5204a/b and Homiletics 5305a
  • Liturgics 5204a/b and 1 other Liturgics course (Candidates for ordination in Anglican Church of Canada take Liturgics 5301a/b)
  • Religious Education 5203a/b
  • Pastoral Theology 5230a/b

Area V: Contextual and Formational Studies–Field Education and Community-Based Learning conducted alongside theological reflection on parochial, social, educational, or clinical ministries 

  • Field Education 5110a
  • Field Education 5211a and 5212b; or two of Field Education 5222a/b, 5230a/b, 5232a/b

Area VI: Comparative and Cultural Studies–Ecumenical, Interfaith and cross-cultural studies in religion, philosophy, the arts, sociology, and anthropology 

  • 2 half-courses from Area VI, Comparative & Contextual Studies

General Program Electives: 

  • 4 elective half-courses from any of the 6 areas above.

Transcultural Learning Experience

Each student in the MDiv must complete an approved Transcultural Learning Experience (TLE) at any point during the MDiv program.  The TLE may accompany a course from Area VI, Comparative and Contextual Studies, or may take the form of an independent study in Field Education , or may take place during the summer term.  The Experiences have been worldwide, and Huron has funding available to defray the costs of the student’s travel and accommodation, where this is necessary.

The primary purpose of the Experience is to provide each student with the opportunity to develop a wider framework from which to see their identity, community, and context so that they may develop a deeper understanding of ministry.  In order for the TLE project to be approved and assessed, each student must submit a written proposal and self-evaluation to the Director of Field Education, in consultation with the Dean, if necessary.  In both documents, a set of articulated learning objectives for the TLE will be cited that with fulfil the following criteria, stated here as prospective goals:

1. Does the proposed TLE provide the student with access to the lived experiences of the community visited? Does it express ways in which the student will live among (or close to) members of the community, share meals, participate in worship or other communal practices?

2. Does the proposed TLE enable the student to learn about different expressions of faith, community, and worship?

3. Does the proposed TLE demonstrate awareness of how the experience should shape the participating student’s own context and sense of self?

4. Does the proposed TLE convey a sense of how it will affect the student’s understanding of ministry?

How do I apply?

MDiv Application Package (see Application Steps below for instructions)

Special Student/Letter of Permission Student application  (see Taking Courses without admission to Degree, see below, for instructions)

MDiv Application Steps : 

  1. Download the MDiv application form and complete and send to the Faculty of  Theology.
  2. Print the MDiv reference letter forms from (1).  Fill in your name and send to your referees.
  3. Arrange for an original academic transcript of your previous university degree to be sent to the Faculty of  Theology  at Huron (if a UWO degree, this may not be necessary).
  4. Complete and send your auto-biographical religious statement, as described on the MDiv application form.
  5. Once your file is complete, we will arrange for a convenient admissions interview with the Admissions Committee.  (Other arrangements will be made for applicants some distance from London.)

Due Date for Applications for the MDiv degree:  

May 31 of each year. (Call the Faculty of  Theology  office directly if this deadline has passed, for further information).

International students are advised to apply well in advance in order to give themselves extra time to apply for a student visa.

Special Student or Letter of Permission Application Steps:

  • Special Students already hold a university degree & wish to take course(s) for credit, without being in a degree program.  Those wishing to audit require permission of the Dean and instructor.
  • Letter of Permission students are visiting students from another university.
  1. Download the Special Student/Letter of Permission Student Application.  Complete and send to the Faculty of Theology.
  2. Arrange for an original academic transcript of your previous university degree to be sent to Huron (if a UWO degree, this may not be necessary).
  3. Visiting/Letter of Permission students arrange to have a Letter of Permission from their university sent to the Faculty of Theology

Due Date for Applications for Special Student or Letter of Permission status:

August 1 for September starts and December 1 for January starts (Call the Faculty of Theology office (519-438-7224, ext. 289) directly if this deadline has passed, for further information).
Non-Registered Student Application Steps:

  1. Contact the Faculty of Theology office regarding possibility of sitting in on courses without previously holding a bachelor’s degree.
  2. Before attending classes you must get permission of instructor, then Dean to audit courses in this way.
  3. Download the application form here (pdf).  Complete and send to the Faculty of Theology.

Auditing Courses

Regardless of method of application, those wishing to audit a course (sit in on course without assignments, tests, marks), must receive permission of both the instructor and the Dean of Theology before attending the class.

Combined MDiv-MA Degrees

Highly motivated students with a minimum of 12 half-courses completed in the MDiv, with an average of 78% or better, may apply to the MA (Theology). Those completing both combined degrees will be part-time in one degree, full-time in the other.

Combined MDiv-MA students will complete three fewer half-courses (generally elective courses) in the MDiv program (for a total of 27). With successful completion, both MDiv and MA degrees are awarded.

Master of Divinity Course Timetable

2020-2021 Course Timetable
Course Subject
Course #
Course Outline
Day
Start
End
Instructor
Arabic 1070A Quranic Arabic for Beginners Th 3:30 6:20 Kharrat, Y.
Arabic 2080B Intermediate Quranic Arabic Th 3:30 6:20 Kharrat, Y.
Arabic 5260B Readings From The Qur’an Tu 9:30 12:20 Kharrat, Y.
Bib Studies 5110A Intro to Bible as Scripture M 7:00 9:20 Meyer, N.
Bib Studies 5116B The New Testament Writings M 12:30 3:00 Meyer, N.
Bib Studies 5119A Qur’an, Sunnah & Hadith M 7:00 9:20 Mattson, I.
Bib Studies 5120B Intro to the Hebrew Bible M 7:00 9:20 Lemos, T.
Bib Studies 5222B Prophetic Literature M 8:30 11:00 Lemos, T.
Bib Studies 5224B Studies in the Gospels Tu 9:30 12:00 Meyer, N.
Church Hist 5104A Early Church to Late Middle Ages M 12:30 3:00 McClatchie, S.
Church Hist 5106B Late Mid Ages to Modern Period M 8:30 11:00 Acres, W.
Church Hist 5111A Christian-Muslim Relations M 12:30 3:00 Mattson, I.
Church Hist 5223A Christian Tradition in Canada M 3:30 6:00 Acres, W.
Church Music 5223A Liturgical Music Tu 9:30 12:00 Lupton, W. / McClatchie, S.
Field Educ 5110A Intro to Ministry Tu 7:00 9:00 Smith, G.
Field Educ 5211A Parish/Community Practicum TBA
Field Educ 5212B Parish/Community Practicum TBA
Field Educ 5313B Parish/Community Practicum TBA
Greek 5130A Intro to Greek Grammar M

Tu

3:30 6:00 Meyer, N.
Greek 5104B Con’t of Greek Grammar and New Testament Readings M

Tu

3:30 6:00 Meyer, N.
Greek 5223A Readings in New Testament Tu 7:00 9:20 Meyer, N.
Homiletics 5204A Theol & Practice Preaching M 12:30 3:00 Townshend, T.
Homiletics 5305B Continuation of Homiletics M 7:00 9:20 Crittenden, J.
Liturgics 5204B Liturgical Theology M 8:30 11:00 Larson-Miller, L.
Liturgics 5223B Special Topics in Liturgics Tu 7:00 9:20 Larson-Miller, L.
Liturgics 5301B Liturgical Leadership M 3:30 6:00 Larson-Miller, L.
Past Theol 5213B Integrative Seminar M 3:30 6:00 Marks, D.
Past Theol 5230A Congregational Develop & Leadership Tu 3:30 6:00 Morrison, B.
Past Theol 5231A Pastoral Care & Counselling Tu 7:00 9:00 Morrison, B.
Past Theol 5313B MDiv Integration & Formation Seminar Please contact D. Davis
Past Theol 5332B Family of Origin Seminar Tu 7:00 9:20 Morrison, B.
Rel Educ 5203B Intro to Christian Education Tu 3:30 6:00 Morrison, B.
Rel Stud 5134A Freedom of Religion and Accommodation in Canada M 8:30 11:00 Fahmy, M.
Rel Stud 5202B Spirituality of Muslim Women M 7:00 9:20 Mattson, I.
Rel Stud 5223B Intro to Sufi Spiritual Teachings M 12:30 3:00 Taleb, L.
Syst Theol 5130A Intro to Systematic Theology M 8:30 11:00 TBA
Syst Theol 5201B Contextual Theology M 12:30 3:00 Davis, D.
Syst Theol 5206B Christ, Salvation, & Trinity Tu 3:30 6:00 Connor, T.
Syst Theol 5234A Special Topics Course M 3:30 6:00 Badcock, G.
Theol Ethics 5203B Theological Ethics Tu 7:00 9:20 Gruning, H.
2019-2020 Course Timetable

Master of Divinity 2019-2020 Course Timetable 

For detailed course and program information, click here.

2018-2019 Course Timetable

2018-19 MDiv/MTS Fall/Winter Course Timetable

Room #s available at student.uwo.ca under “your Weekly Schedule”

“a” and “f” courses are in first (fall) term;  “b” and “g” in second (winter)

“Calendar/catalogue description is found by clicking “Course #.”
Interested in taking a course below, without being in MDiv or MTS degree stream?
Contact the Faculty of Theology, srice@uwo.ca.

Course
Course #
Course
Outline
Description
Day
Start
End
Instructor
Arabic 1070a 2018-19 Quranic Arabic for beginners (avail to MDiv/MTS too) Th 3:30 6:20 Kharrat, Y
Arabic 5260b 2018-19 Readings for the Qur’an. 
MTS/MDiv students should register for this number;
bachelor’s students register for Arabic 3260b
Th 4:30 7:20 Kharrat, Y
Bib Studies 5110a 2018-19 Intro to Bible as Scripture Tu 11:30 2:20 tba
Bib  Studies 5120b 2018-19 Intro to the Hebrew Bible W

F

9:30

9:30

10:20

11:20

Lemos, T.
Bib Studies 5116b 2018-19 New Testament Writings Tu 11:30 2:20 Meyer, N.
Bib Studies 5205b 2018-19 Major Pauline Epistles F 11:30 2:20 Meyer, N.
Church Hist 5104a 2018-19 Early Church to Late Middle Ages Th 9:30 12:30 McClatchie, S.
Church Hist 5106b 2018-19 Late Mid Ages to Modern Period Th 9:30 12:20 McClatchie, S.
Church Hist 5111b 2018-19 Christian-Muslim Relations M 14:30 17:20 Mattson, I
Church Hist 5223a 2018-19 Christian Tradition in Canada W 8:30 11:20 Acres, W.
Church Hist 5350a 2018-19 Eastern & Orthodox Church History M 2:30 5:20 Larson-Miller, L.
Church Music 5223b 2018-19 Liturgical Music (if you have dif signing up for this course, just email srice@uwo.ca) Tu

Th

12:30

12:30

2:20

1:20

Lupton, W. & McClatchie, S.
Field Educ 5110a 2018-19 Intro to Ministry M 9:30 12:20 Smith, G & Silcox, JA
Field Educ 5211a 2018-19 Parish/Community Practicum Tu 9:30 11:20 Smith, G
Field Educ 5212b 2018-19 Parish/Community Practicum Tu 9:30 11:20 Smith, G.
Field Educ 5313b 2018-19 3rd-yr Placement I.S. contact G. Smith
Greek 5103a 2018-19 Intro to Greek Grammar Tu

F

4:30

1:30

6:20

3:20

tba
Greek 5104b 2018-19 Con’t of Grk Grammar and NT Readings TU/F 2:30 4:20 tba
Hebrew 5040a 2018-19 Intro to Biblical Hebrew TU

F

2:30

11:30

4:20

1:20

tba
Hebrew 5041b 2018-19 Intro to Bib Hebrew, part 2 Tu/F 2:30 4:20 Meyer, N.
Homiletics 5204a 2018-19 Theol & Practice Preaching M 9:30 12:20 Townshend, T
Homiletics 5305b 2018-19 Continuation of Homiletics F 9:30 12:20 Crittenden, J.
Liturgics 5204a 2018-19 Liturgical Theology Th 2:30 5:20 Larson-Miller, L
Liturgics 5301b 2018-19 Liturgical Leadership W 2:30 5:20 Larson-Miller, L
Liturgics 5302b 2018-19 Christian Initiation
(New!  see description below timetable
Tu 6:30 9:20 Larson-Miller, L.
Past Theol 5213b 2018-19 Integrative Seminar (MTS only) Registered students should contract instructor to arrange convenient class time Marks, D.
Past Theol 5230a 2018-19 Congregational Develop & Leadership Tu 2:30 5:20 Morrison, B.
Past Theol 5231a 2018-19 Pastoral Care & Counselling Tu 5:30 8:20 Morrison, B.
Past Theol 5313a/b 2018-19 MDiv Integration & Formation Seminar (see G. Smith for details) Smith, G.
Past Theol 5333b 2018-19 Grief, Crisis & Pastoral Care Tu 5:30 8:20 Morrison, B.
Rel Educ 5203b 2018-19 Intro to Christian Education Tu 2:30 5:20 Morrison, B.
Rel Stud 2130 2018-19 Living Religions of the World (avail to Master’s students if instructor agrees.  = 2 half courses) Th 6:30 9:30 Acres, W.
Rel Stud 2297a 2018-19 Faith in Sound, Stone & Paint (MDiv/MTS may take toward degree if instructor agrees) W

F

9:30

9:30

11:20

10:20

McClatchie, S.
Rel Stud 2300a 2018-19 Religion & Psychoanalysis W 6:30 9:20 tba
Rel Stud 3030g 2018-19 Angry God:  The Bible & War (MDiv/MTS may take toward degree, if instructor agrees) Tu 2:30 5:20 Lemos, T.
Rel Stud 3333f 2018-19 Theology, Science & Society (MDiv/MTS make take toward degree if instruct agrees) M

W

2:30

3:30

3:20

5:20

Marks, D
Rel Stud 3450g 2018-19 Judaism & the Holocaust (MDiv/MTS may take toward degree, if instructor agrees) W 3:30 6:20 Marks, D.
Rel Stud 5134a 2018-19 Freedom of Religion and Accommodation in Canada Th 6:30 9:20 tba
Rel Stud 5202b 2018-19 Spirituality of Muslim Women Tu

Th

2:30

2:30

4:20

3:20

Mattson, I.
SPE 5101a/b 2018-19 Supervised Pastoral Educ (for those who want credit along with CPE unit) see Faculty of Theol office for details
Syst Theol 5103a 2018-19 Intro to Systematic Theology M

W

3:30

2:30

5:20

3:20

Badcock, G.
Syst Theol 5222b 2018-19 Theology of Karl Barth M

W

10:30

9:30

11:20

11:20

Badcock, G.
Syst Theol 5226b 2018-19 Christian Theol in the 20th Century M

Th

3:30

2:30

5:20

3:20

Badcock, G.
Theol Ethics 5203b 2018-19 Theological Ethics  Th 2:30 5:20 Gruning, H.
Theological Studies 3333f 2018-19 Theology, Science & Society (MDiv/MTS may take toward degree with instructor perm.) M

W

2:30

3:30

3:20

5:20

Marks, D.

Professors

Meet the teachers who will help you develop your knowledge, character, and skills so you are well-prepared to carve out a unique path in our complex world. Huron’s Theology professors are internationally renowned scholars and authors who are also dedicated to creating challenging, inclusive, and vibrant learning environments. Whether you are attending a lecture, pursuing a research project, or engaging with community partners, your professors will be there to guide you toward leaving a legacy of Leadership with Heart – wherever you go.

  • My passion is to help develop ministry leaders – from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience – who are growing spiritually, grounded in excellent academic training, and understand how to be contextually relevant.
    The Rev. Dawn Davis, DMin
    Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology and Director of Leadership for Ministry Programs
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  • I allow myself to feel the anger, sadness, despair over the things that humans are capable of doing in order to understand the phenomenon - in order to limit, to minimize, the things that cause the despair.
    Tracy Lemos, PhD
    Associate Professor, Theology
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  • My goal in teaching is to help people understand the New Testament and the origins of Christianity in ways that are both historically sensitive (so, not anachronistically) and culturally engaged (so, not ethnocentrically).
    Daniel A. Smith, PhD
    Acting Dean of Theology
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  • My teaching aim is to introduce, broaden, and enrich students' knowledge of Christian liturgical studies. Liturgy encompasses many different disciplines in addition to engaging students in both academic research and pastoral application.
    The Rev. Lizette Larson-Miller, PhD
    Huron-Lawson Chair of Pastoral Theology
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    Master of Divinity Careers

    Through our Master of Divinity program, you will develop superior oration skills, theological knowledge and the character necessary to motivate people towards a higher purpose or greater goal. This program is designed to support students’ pursuit of becoming a religious leader, however, many of our graduates have chosen to use the attributes developed during their time at Huron to follow career paths in a wide variety of other sectors.

    Wherever you want to go, trust you’ll be better prepared to get there with the abilities you develop in this intensive learning environment. From an enriched understanding of cultural differences through to confidence as a public speaker, prepare to become a formidable leader in a world that could benefit from purveyors of positive values, hope and empathy.

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