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Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies program will prepare you for theological engagement and leadership in a variety of settings – and can also provide a good foundation for further study in Theology. You will develop a solid scholarly grounding in the core theological disciplines, as well as knowledge and skills within a particular practical or academic concentration, including Islamic Studies. Students of all denominations and faith traditions are welcome in this program.

Alumni Stories

In today’s complex world, people who are educated to have a deep understanding of different religious, cultural and social practices will distinguish themselves as Leaders with Heart with a commitment to the betterment of the world. Our MTS graduates have gone on to create significant positive change through in religious leadership, but they have also done so in careers you may not immediately associate with theological education.

See where our Faculty of Theology alumni have found their purpose and consider whether your studies could take you in a similar direction. In the MTS, you can explore a variety of theological disciplines and religious traditions in a learning environment that is both challenging and supportive.

  • 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
  • I really loved the faculty and staff at Huron and will always be grateful for their positive influence on my personal and academic life.
    Mahdieh Mirmohammadi
    Master of Arts (Theology)
    Read more
  • The Faculty is a citadel of excellence and Huron’s longstanding traditions set it apart. I would recommend Huron because of the quality of education it offers, the level of spiritual development it fosters, the excellent professors, and the school’s library − whose staff and resources help ensure students’ success.
    John Olufemi Adeyemi
    3rd Year student, MDiv
    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 MTS is a two-year, post-baccalaureate, professional undergraduate degree to prepare you for public leadership or further study.
  • The program may be taken full-time or part-time; however, the maximum duration of the degree is four years.
  • The degree is granted by Western University and accredited by the Association of Theological Schools; we are pleased to welcome students from any denomination or faith tradition.
  • Areas of concentration include Biblical Studies, Islamic Studies, Theology and Ethics, Comparative Religion and Theology, Congregational Ministry, Pastoral Care, and Public Service
What will I gain?
  • Informed knowledge and interpretive skill in the theological disciplines
  • Ability to reflect critically and theologically on religion’s role in public life
  • Knowledge and respect for the diverse religious traditions in Canada and the world
  • A broadened and enriched understanding of social justice and community transformation
  • Ability to collaborate across denominational and religious boundaries
Why Huron’s MTS?
  • small, inclusive learning community within one of Canada’s leading Liberal Arts universities
  • over 150 years of excellence in theological education
  • ability to specialize in an area of concentration, including Islamic Studies
  • 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
  • access to Western University amenities
  • and graduate with a Western degree
Admission Requirements

You may apply to the MTS 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).

Non-Registered Students:  

If you do not already hold a Bachelor’s degree, you can contact the Faculty of Theology office regarding the possibility of sitting in on courses in the Faculty.  You will not be an official Western/Huron student, no records will be kept, and audit fees will be charged.

General MTS Degree

General MTS Degree Requirements:  

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

  • Biblical Studies 5110a/b, 5116a/b, and 5120a/b
  • One further half-course from Area I, Biblical Studies, including Greek, or Hebrew (Those who began the degree prior to September 2014 may substitute Biblical Studies 5112a/b for 5120a/b)

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

  • Systematic Theology 5103a and Theological Ethics 5203a/b
  • One 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

  • Two half-courses 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

  • Pastoral Theology 5213a/b

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

  • One half-course from Area V, Contextual and Formational Studies

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

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

General Program Electives: 

  • 7 elective half-courses from any of the 6 areas above.
  • (For an area of concentration, replace these 7 General Program Electives with 7 courses listed for your area of concentration in the tab below.)
MTS Degree with Concentration

MTS Concentrations 

(Concentration in Islamic Studies follows)

If you wish to complete an MTS with a concentration in:

  •     Biblical Studies
  •     Theology and Ethics
  •     Comparative Religion and Theology
  •     Congregational Ministry
  •     Pastoral Advising
  •     Public Service

complete the MTS General Degree, but replace the 7 courses of the “General Program Electives,” with one of the concentrations below.

Biblical Studies Concentration: 

  • Hebrew 5040a/b or Greek 5103a/b
  • 2 further half-courses from Area I (Biblical Studies) including Greek & Hebrew
  • 4 electives from any Area

Theology and Ethics Concentration: 

  • 3 half-courses from Area II (Theological Studies) or Area III (Historical Studies)
  • 4 electives from any Area

Comparative Religion and Theology Concentration: 

  • 4 half-courses from Area II (Theological Studies), Area III (Historical Studies), and Area VI (Comparative & Cultural Studies)
  • 3 electives from any Area

Congregational Ministry Concentration: 

  • Homiletics 5204a/b, Liturgics 5204a/b, Field Education 5310a, Field Education 5110a, and Field Education 5211a
  • 1 further half-course from Area IV (Public Leadership & Ministry Studies) or Area V (Contextual and Formational Studies)
  • 1 elective from any Area

Pastoral Care Concentration: 

  • 6 half-courses from Area IV (Public Leadership & Ministry Studies) or Area V (Contextual and Formational Studies), or other master’s-level course with permission of the dean
  • 1 elective from any Area

Public Service Concentration:

  • 6 half-courses from Area IV (Public Leadership & Ministry Studies) or Area V (Contextual and Formational Studies) and Area VI (Comparative & Cultural Studies)
  • 1 elective from any Area

Islamic Studies Concentration:  

Complete all 20 half-courses (10.0 full courses) in the degree from the areas and electives as indicated below:

Area I: Biblical Studies–Sacred Texts 

  • Religious Studies 5310a/b or Biblical Studies 5320 a/b
  • Biblical Studies 5119a/b
  • Arabic 5260a/b or another half-course from Area I, if already reading Arabic at this level
  • One additional half-course from Area I

Area II: Theological Studies–Philosophy, Systematical Theology, Theological Ethics

  • Theological Ethics 5213a/b  or  Theological Ethics 5190a/b
  • Systematic Theology 5208a/b
  • One further half-course from Area II, Theological Studies

Area III: Historical Studies 

  • Church History 5111a/b
  • One additional course from Area III, Historical Studies

Area IV: Public Leadership and Ministry Studies 

  • Pastoral Theology 5213a/b (taken as one of final courses)
  • Pastoral Theology 5231a/b
  • One additional course in Area IV, Public Leadership & Ministry

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

  • One half-course from Area V, Contextual and Formational Studies

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

  • Religious Studies 5134a/b
  • One additional half-course from Area VI, Comparative & Contextual Studies

Electives for MTS Concentration in Islamic Studies

  • 5 elective half-courses from any of the 6 areas.
How do I apply?

MTS 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)

MTS Application Steps : 

1.    Download the MTS application form and complete and send to the Faculty of Theology.
2.    References or autobiographic statement are NOT required.
3.    Arrange for an original academic transcript of your previous university degree to be mailed to the Faculty of  Theology  at Huron (if a UWO degree, this is not necessary).
4.    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 MTS 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 by email to srice@uwo.ca
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 by email to srice@uwo.ca

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 by email to srice@uwo.ca

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 MTS-MA Degrees

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

Combined MTS-MA students will complete three fewer half-courses (generally elective courses) in the MTS program (for a total of 17). With successful completion, both MDiv and MA degrees are awarded.

Master of Theological Studies 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
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.

Islamic Studies and Related Course Outlines

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

Huron’s Theology professors have found their purpose within our university where they have continuous opportunities to inspire students to find theirs. Regardless of whether or not students are set on pursuing career paths that include religious or theological vocations, you will find the professors within this department to be extremely open-minded, supportive and knowledgable.

Meet the educators who are going to help you better understand how religions shape the most influential aspects of humanity, so you can Lead with Heart, compassion and conviction – no matter where your calling takes you.

  • 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
    Read more
  • 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
    Read more
  • 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
    Read more

Master of Theological Studies Careers

Half of the recent graduates from our MTS program have gone on to further studies. However, over the years, many others have focused on pursuing careers that reflect their belief systems, knowledge and strong skill sets they refined during the attainment of their degree. The career options outlined below are just a few of the vocations that demand exceptional critical and creative thinking, the affinity for building meaningful relationships, and the cultural and social sensitivity necessary to navigate successfully within our global community.

This degree will prepare you for many diverse paths, including professions in:
  • Teaching
  • Community & Public Service
  • Advocacy & Social Justice
  • Business
  • Foreign Service
  • Ministry
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Government/Politics
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