Survey of Programs
In accordance with their purpose of preparing people for ordained ministry, all three STU colleges provide programs of study leading to the Master of Divinity degree (MDiv). The MDiv program requires intensive study, as in most North American seminaries; as well, at the STU colleges an emphasis is placed on practical experience in the form of an internship. Internship requirements and expectations are different at each college and according to the student's denomination.
The College of Emmanuel & St. Chad and Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon also offer a Bachelor of Theology degree (BTh), which prepares candidates for ordained ministry but is designed for those who do not have a completed university degree. St. Andrew’s College admits students without a university degree to its MDiv program through coordination with the United Church of Canada's "shorter course" approval, on a case-by-case basis. The normal prerequisite for these programs is a high school diploma plus one full year of Arts at the university level. Admission to these programs is subject to certain limitations and restrictions.
While preparation for ordination is STU’s primary focus, each college also provides opportunities for persons who wish to do theological study for its own sake or in preparation for ministries that do not require ordination. These are provided by the Master of Theological Studies (MTS), a two-year program available at each of the three seminaries. Students interested in accreditation in Spiritual Care through the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education (CAPPE) can enroll in an MTS. with a specialization in Spiritual Care through St. Andrew’s College.
A graduate degree program is available under the auspices of STU: the Master of Sacred Theology (STM). This program is designed for those already possessing a Master’s level theological degree who want to take part in continuing education programs or to advance their studies toward the doctoral level. The DMin in Rural Ministry and Community Development is a new program for the Saskatoon Theological Union, with the resources and support of the Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry (CiRCLeM). Structured in a cohort-based, distance-education format, this three-year degree aims to help rural ministers lead their congregations in more effective engagement with their communities. Information on STM and DMin programs can be found under the Graduate Studies tab.
Saskatoon Theological Union operates a Summer School in Ancient Languages each year.
Lutheran Formation Certificate and the Diaconal Certificate programs are available from Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon. The Lutheran Formation Certificate program is designed to integrate completed MDiv study at seminaries not endorsed by the ELCIC with intensive reflection on Lutheran perspectives in theological and pastoral studies. The Diaconal Certificate program prepares a candidate for ministries of word and service in the ELCIC.
At the College of Emmanuel & St. Chad, the Diploma in Anglican Studies was created to provide an orientation in Anglican thought and life for those who have already received considerable theological or pastoral training in another denomination. The College of Emmanuel & St. Chad also offers the Diploma in Indigenous Anglican Theology, at Dr. William Winter School for Ministry in Kingfisher Lake, ON. The Dr. William Winter School is part of the long-term vision of First Nations Anglicans in Northern Ontario and Manitoba for their own self-determination within the Anglican Church of Canada.
The College of Emmanuel & St. Chad hosts summer programs including Summer School for Lay People and Readings in Retreat.
The St. Andrew's College Diploma in Theology is designed for people wishing to experience theological education in a substantial and structured way and represents the equivalent of one full year of theological studies. Some students will take the Diploma program for personal enrichment, while others may have thoughts of continuing their theological education in other directions later.
Information concerning entrance requirements, registration procedures, program content, etc. for any of these programs can be found on the website of the appropriate college.
Those interested in credit or non-credit continuing or distance education or exploring their faith through courses offered at one of the colleges should also contact that college directly.