Prerequisites

Master of Sacred Theology (STM) Degree

  • Admission Requirements
  • Sectional Prerequisites
  • Overseas Equivalencies
  • Qualifying Work
  • Admission Requirements

    (NB: The graduate program in Pastoral Theology is still under development; students are not being admitted into a Pastoral major at this time.)

    Students must possess a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or college and an M.Div. degree, or their equivalents.

    A minimum GPA of 75 per cent (or its equivalent) in the M.Div. is normally required.

    Individuals with a Master of Theological Studies (a two year lay degree) may be admitted to:

    • A major in the Biblical Section if they have a major in Biblical studies (24 credit hours/8 semester courses) and meet the language prerequisites;
    • A major in the Interdisciplinary Theological Studies Section if they have an M.T.S (Honours) or an M.T.S with a minimum GPA of 75 per cent and meet the language prerequisites;
    • A major in the Pastoral Theology Section if all other requirements are met (when this major becomes available).
    • Sectional Prerequisites

    Biblical Section

    Students enrolled in Track 1 must demonstrate competence in

    • A modern language in addition to English, and;
    • The Biblical language appropriate to their major area of study.

    Students enrolled in Track 2 must demonstrate competence in the Biblical language appropriate to their major area of study.

    In either case, the Biblical language prerequisite must be met before students register for any courses that count toward the major.

    Interdisciplinary Theological Studies Section

    Students enrolled in Track 1 must demonstrate competence in

    • A modern language in addition to English, and;
    • An additional language, or other specialized skill, appropriate to the area of research.

    Students enrolled in Track 2 must demonstrate competence in a language in addition to English or some other specialized skill appropriate to the area of study.

    Pastoral Section

    [Yet to be determined]

    In each case, the specific competencies are to be identified and determined by the respective Sectional Committees. Competencies may be demonstrated by successful completion of courses or by special tests arranged by the Director in consultation with the Sectional Committee. Courses taken to demonstrate a competence may not be credited towards the STM course requirements.

    It is preferable that students complete all language or methodology prerequisites before entering the program. This preference notwithstanding, the following requirements apply. In the case of Track 1, one of the two prerequisites is required for entrance into the program; the other must be completed before the student registers for the fourth course. In the case of Track 2, the prerequisite must be demonstrated prior to registration for the fifth course.

    Overseas Equivalencies

    Since methods of recording grades and conferring degrees differ from country to country, overseas students wishing to enter the STM program must write to the Registrar of one of the three schools, submitting details of their academic careers including, wherever possible, transcripts of academic work and copies of any degrees or diplomas held, together with some information about the institutions granting the degrees. For those whose first language is not English, a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) is a prerequisite.

    Qualifying Work

    At the discretion of the appropriate Sectional Committee, candidates may be required to complete qualifying work prior to formal admittance to the program.