St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

The Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree provides a basic understanding of theological disciplines for general educational purposes. The M.T.S. offers a survey knowledge of the various theological disciplines, while requiring focus and depth in one specific area.

Overall Goal : The Master of Theological Studies program at St. Augustine’s Seminary provides the opportunity for students to deepen their faith as they acquire greater understanding of the key elements of the Catholic theological tradition.

Program Outcomes

By completing a broad range of academic theology courses which provide both foundational and advanced theological knowledge, students of the M.T.S. degree will have prepared themselves to serve the Church’s scholarly and educational mission. They will be enabled to analyze more surely and discern more confidently between current intellectual fashions or party identities in the contemporary life of the Church and the deeper shape and substance of Catholic faith and tradition.

Through consultation with the Academic Advisor, students will select a particular area of theological focus within which to conduct in-depth research through course work, the writing of a thesis or the completion of a summative exercise, depending on the year of matriculation. This experience will help students develop the academic skills necessary to present original scholarly research in their chosen area of concentration.

SUMMATIVE EXERCISE / THESIS

The Master of Theological Studies degree program will require all students beginning studies in September 2012 and afterwards to complete either a two-credit thesis or a one-credit summative project in consultation with the Academic Advisor.

Admission Requirements

  • A university undergraduate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, with adequate standing (normally at least B- standing in their final year).
  • Complete academic application and official transcripts from all post-secondary education [as noted in the Academic Admissions section].

Academic admission applications for the Master of Theological Studies are available from the Institute of Theology department (ioftsas@rogers.com). For more information on admissions please see the St. Augustine's Admissions Page.

Policies and Proceedures:

Please see the St. Augustine's Policies & Procedures Page.

Courses:

For those students matriculating before September 2012 , there are twenty required courses for the Master of Theological Studies degree.

Core Courses [14]

Biblical:

Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to New Testament

Systematic Theology [Theological]:

Foundations of Theology
The Christian God
Theological Anthropology
Christology
Ecclesiology
Sacraments

Moral Theology (Ethics) [Theological]:

Moral Theology
Human Sexuality and Marriage

Historical:

Church History

Core Elective s - choose THREE of the four options below:

  • Christianity and World Religions
  • Ecumenism
  • Social Justice
  • Spirituality and the Catholic Educator or Spirituality of Work: Faith Life in Your Profession or an approved alternative

In-Depth Courses [3]

THREE courses must be taken in one chosen area, i.e., in consultation with the Academic Advisor .

  • Moral Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Biblical Theology
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Church History

Free Electives [3]

May be taken in any area of theology or may continue in the chosen in-depth study area.

 

For students matriculating in September 2012 and afterwards , eighteen or nineteen courses are required for the Master of Theological Studies degree together with a Thesis or a Summative Project.

Biblical:

Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to New Testament

Systematic Theology [Theological]:

Foundations of Theology
The Christian God
Theological Anthropology
Christology
Ecclesiology
Sacraments

Moral Theology (Ethics) [Theological]:

Moral Theology
Human Sexuality and Marriage

Historical:

Church History

Core Elective s - choose THREE of the four options below:

  • Christianity and World Religions
  • Ecumenism
  • Social Justice
  • Spirituality and the Catholic Educator or Spirituality of Work: Faith Life in Your Profession or an approved alternative

Thesis or Summative Project and In-Depth Courses [3]

MTS Thesis - 2 credits / Summative Project - 1 credit

Thesis Option : The thesis must be chosen in consultation with the Academic Advisor and one additional course must be taken in the same area as the Thesis.

Summative Project Option : The summative project must be chosen in consultation with the Academic Advisor and two additional courses must be taken in the same area as the Summative Project.

Optional areas:

  • Moral Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Biblical Theology
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Church History

Free Electives [3]

May be taken in any area of theology or may continue in the area chosen for in-depth study.


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