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Master of Theological Studies


Healthcare & Parish Nursing

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) in Health Care and Parish Nursing (HCPN) is for health care professionals, parish nurses, and those with theological, pastoral, or personal interest. 



Students may apply for the MTS-HCPN program, following the attainment of a Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent.

This program is designed for part-time study, to be completed over five years.

Program Goal: The program provides an opportunity for personal growth while developing and integrating faith and theology in the healthcare milieu at a Master’s Degree level.  Students who complete the program will be able to:

  • Analyze healthcare practices from a theological perspective and use their skills and abilities, in partnership with others, to strengthen and develop their capacity to integrate faith and health in their workplace and personal lives;
  • Reflect theologically and biblically on the importance of health for the community;
  • Use an expanded set of biblical, theological, spiritual and pastoral resources for ministry in health care, parish nursing and other social settings.

Program Credits:
Fifty-four (54) credits make up the MTS-HCPN program.  This is equivalent to 18 three-credit courses.

Features of the Program:The main features of this program are:

Cohort- based. A cohort will begin classes in September of any academic year provided 6 or more students have registered by July 1 of that year. The students will then work their way through the program as a part of this ‘cohort,’ or group of students, for the rest of the degree requirements.

Distributed Learning format. The courses will be semester-long, accessible in an internet-based format, allowing the student to complete the weekly readings, assignments and reflections throughout the week when they are free to work on the material, allowing the student to adapt it to their work schedules. However, there may be components of the program where all the students will interact with the professor and each other at a regularly set time.

Part-time study. This program recognizes that most people cannot afford to take two years off from work to complete a program. Thus, the program is designed to be completed over 5 years, with students taking 4 courses a year (a maximum of 2 per semester).

Flexibility. While the program is designed for those who can only study part time, those who are interested can complete the program quicker, by taking 2-week intensive courses at LTS (Lutheran Theological Seminary) if they so choose.

Requirements for Admission:

  • Completion of the online Application for Admission, and submission of supporting documents.
  • Attainment of the Bachelor of Arts degree, or its equivalent, from a recognized college or university, together with the official transcript. Note: A World Religions course is strongly recommended.
  • The receipt of three letters of reference on behalf of the student
  • Be able to meet the “Essential Skills and Attributes Required for Study in Theological Degree Programs,” as listed in the Academic Handbook.
  • For those whose first language is not English, completion of a TOEFL (Test of English as a Second Language) IBT score (including speaking component) of 88 with no component less than 20, or if the TOEFL IBT is not available, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) is a prerequisite.
  • Submission of the $75 application fee.

For more information:



See handbook for program details.

(2018-19 handbook coming soon)



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