Certificate in Theology

Certificate in Theology

Who is this program for? 


Are you interested in

     – spiritual enrichment and a deeper understanding of Christian faith
     – pursuing graduate theological education in a flexible format
     – exploring a possible call to ordained ministry, or
     – exploring the possibility of M.Div. studies?

The Certificate in Theology may be the program for you. Offered in collaboration with the Montreal School of Theology this program involves completion of 10 courses (30 credits) including core courses in the following areas:

     –  Christian Theology (6 credits)
     –  Church History (3 credits)
     –  Old Testament Studies (3 credits)
     –  New Testament Studies (3 credits)
     –  Theological Ethics (3 credits)

Students also complete an additional 4 courses (12 credits) in elective areas, which may include courses in Reformed Worship, Reformed Tradition, Congregational Leadership, Congregational Mission, or in other areas.  For any students who decide they wish to enter into the M.Div. program before completion of the Certificate in Theology, these courses also fulfill core requirements of the M.Div. degree. 

Students in this program may take all online courses offered through the Montreal School of Theology, and are eligible for other courses offered in the School and through The Presbyterian College.

Upcoming Online Courses

Fall 2018 – Old Testament Studies 

Over many hundreds of years oral and written stories, hymns, poems, sayings and songs were brought together to form the Hebrew Bible, sometimes referred to as the Old Testament. This book has become a central text of not only Western civilization, but the backbone of the three monotheistic faiths: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. The course will offer a critical overview of the content, periods in history, geography, socio-political, and theological approaches to the Hebrew Bible. While we will use historical-critical tools and view this material as a product of human culture, emphasis will also be given to understanding these scriptures from a Christian faith perspective. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Winter 2019 – Theories of Justice

This online course will explores these questions through a survey of major theories of justice from both philosophical and theological perspectives.  We will explore liberal, libertarian, communitarian, feminist, and liberationist theories in conversation with Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant approaches as well as theories of restorative justice such as indigenous and womanist theories of justice.  Current social issues will be discussed in order to make both practical use of the varied approaches to justice and to critically examine the limits and possibilities of the different theories.  Social issues to be examined include: colonialism’s legacies, racisms, gender and sexual diversity, poverty and the market, war and nonviolence, and climate change.

At the present moment, most courses are offered in a web-based format — using the live video-conferencing software Zoom. Both students and instructors have provided positive feedback about the educational experience using the Zoom platform for both lectures and group discussion. 

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts or equivalent) with a CGPA of 2.7 or higher. Follow the application and registration links (right sidebar) for more details on application requirements.

There is an application fee of $60, for application to the Certificate program.

Course Fees

Tuition cost, per course:  $380
Additional fees, per course: $65

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