The purpose of the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree is to establish a theological foundation for life or work in society or in the church and it also provides a basis for further theological study. This degree involves the equivalent of two full years of study.
Courses must be chosen in the areas of: Biblical Studies, Theology, Ethics/Church in Society, Church History, and Pastoral Care. There are other requirements in the life of the college that must also be fulfilled eg. orientation, chapel leadership, and various workshops. Besides the usual areas of study, specializations are available in 1. spiritual care, and 2. acculturation for ministers from one of the United Church’s international partner churches.
The normal admission requirement is an undergraduate degree from a recognized university.
You might benefit from this program if:
- You wish to achieve certification as a specialist in spiritual care with the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education, but lack a theological masters degree;
- You are currently serving in a spiritual care capacity, but do not have access to a theological program;
- You wish to expedite your completion of both your CPE units and your academic work toward the specialist designation;
- You want a theological program that will integrate your academic and your pastoral/practice education.
The 37-credit Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree allows persons with previous theological studies to obtain a Canadian Master’s degree without having to transfer credits from previous work. It is useful to international students from partner churches who are already ordained and are seeking admission to the ministry of The United Church of Canada. St. Andrew’s College has an International School designation from the Government of Canada.
It is also helpful to anyone who wishes to deepen their language skills and awareness of Canadian cultural contexts. Its components include studies to assist in preparing for ministry in Canada, and particularly the United Church.
Two courses in English Language and Cultural Contexts – taken concurrently with other Saskatoon Theological Union courses, and offered at St. Andrew’s College by a qualified TOEFL instructor. The focus is on both English language skills and the cultural learning needed to undertake pastoral work in United Church of Canada congregations and their communities. 6 credits
Four courses – offered over one academic year. Courses are selected by the student in consultation with the student’s assigned faculty advisor. Intensive and online courses are available. 12 credits
20-Month Ministry Practicum – established in consultation with the college. This will be a half-time, paid position, allowing for time to attend the Learning Circles. 15 credits
Ministry Practicum Learning Circles – Five intensive (4-8 day) courses, four of which are taken as audit courses (no written assignments) and one for credit (United Church history, theology and polity), during the 20-month practicum. 4 credits
To learn more about the MTS in Pastoral Studies program or for more information abut the International Student application process contact College Registrar Greg Torwalt at (306) 966-5244 or firstname.lastname@example.org