M.Div. Course Schedule

M.Div. Course Schedule

 M.Div. Year 1 | M.Div. Year 2 | M.Div. Year 3

M.Div. Year 1

Courses designated by McGill as B.Th. Year 2

Biblical Studies
Literature of Ancient Israel 1 (RELG 302) An introduction to the literature of Ancient Israel in English translation. Reading and interpreting representative sections.
Literature of Ancient Israel 2 (RELG 303) Approaches to historical-critical scholarship and to the historical background of the literature of Ancient Israel in English translation.
New Testament Studies 1 (RELG 311) An introduction to the interpretation of the New Testament apart from the Gospels.
New Testament Studies 2 (RELG 312) An introduction to the critical study of the Gospels.

Church History
RELG 322 The Church in History 1 A survey of major developments in the history of Christianity from the end of the apostolic age to 1300.
RELG 323 The Church in History 2 Significant events and persons in the history of western Christianity from 1300 to the present.

Theology and Ethics
RELG 333 Principles of Christian Theology 1 A survey of major developments in the history of Christianity from the end of the apostolic age to 1300.
RELG 341 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion Introduction to the subject, faith and reason, theistic arguments, values and destiny, the problem of evil, religious language.

Languages
RELG 280 D1 Elementary New Testament Greek – An introduction to the grammar and syntax of New Testament Greek. This course is normally taken to fulfill the College’s Biblical language requirement. It is not an M. Div. requirement. With permission from the Principal, Hebrew may be substituted for Greek.
RELG 280 D2 A continuation of 280 D1.

Pastoral Theology and Integration
PC 101 Integrative Paper One Requires student to reflect and summarize their journey of faith.

Pastoral Formation Hours

Students within the M.Div. program must complete Formation for Ministry workshops and Presbyterian students must also complete the English Bible program.

Formation for Ministry A three-day workshop to be held at the end of the Winter Semester (last week of April or first week of May) focusing on leadership in worship and the call to ordained ministry. All students must participate in two workshops in years 1 and 2 of the M.Div.

Student Portfolio
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M.Div. Year 2

Courses designated by McGill as B.Th. Year 3

Biblical Studies
RELG 407 The Writings or RELG 408 The Prophets Studies in significant texts selected from the Old Testament.

Church History
RELG 420 Canadian Church History (Prerequisite RELG 323) A survey of the major Christian traditions in Canada from the settlement of New France to the present. If warranted, students may be exempted from this course with permission of the Principal.
RELG 479 Christianity in a Global Perspective This course examines traditional Western Christianity aiming at theological integration in light of religious and cultural pluralism and with reference to issues of worldwide concern such as gender, ethnicity, poverty, work, and the environment.

Theology and Ethics
RELG 434 Principles of Christian Theology 2 A continuation of Principles of Christian Theology 1
RELG 470 (Prerequisite RELG 341 or 333) A study of the Biblical and theological foundations of Christian ethics.
Theological Elective RELG 330 Reformed Theology RELG 336 Contemporary Theological Issues RELG 423 Reformation Thought Courses recommended to fulfill required additional 3 credits in theology

Traditions other than Christianity

  Courses recommended to fulfill required 3 credits in a tradition other than Christianity.

RELG 252 Hinduism and Buddhism The interaction of Hinduism and Buddhism in India with special reference to the law of karma, caste, women, ritual, death, yoga and liberation. Determination of interpretative principles for understanding the religious psychology of Hindus and Buddhists.
RELG 253 The Religions of East Asia Harmony with nature, society and cosmos, to be explored through the religions of Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Shinto.
RELG 306 Rabbinic Judaism The beliefs, practices and religious institutions of the Jews from ancient times to the present. Prerequisite RELG 204 or 302.

Languages

  Students must take one of RELG 411 or 482.

RELG 381 Advanced New Testament Greek A review of grammar and syntax with an emphasis on rapid reading of sections chosen from different parts of the New Testament. This course is required only of students who fulfill the College’s Biblical language requirement by taking Greek. Prerequisite RELG 280 or equivalent with a minimum grade point average of 70%.
RELG 411 A seminar in exegesis on the basis of representative passages chosen from different parts of the New Testament in English. This course is for students who do not need to fulfill the Biblical languages requirement or fulfill the requirement by taking Hebrew. Prerequisite RELG 311 and 312.
RELG 482 Exegesis of the Greek New Testament An intensive seminar in exegesis on the basis of representative passages chosen from different parts of the New Testament. This course is required of students who fulfill the College’s Biblical language requirement by taking Greek.
RELG 491 Hebrew Texts Translation and exegesis of selected texts. This course is required only of students who fulfill the College’s Biblical language requirement by taking Hebrew.
RELG 492 Hebrew Texts Translation and exegesis of selected texts. This course is required only of students who fulfill the College’s Biblical language requirement by taking Hebrew.

Elective

  Courses recommended as electives in B. Th. 3. Note: course offerings change from year to year.

RELG 361 Religious Behaviour A study of the psychological origins of religion, of some aspect of the religious life (e.g. prayer, conversion, mystical experiences), and of some contemporary religious phenomena (e.g. marginal religious groups, the charismatic movement, glossolalia). The views of Freud and Jung are also covered.
RELG 439 The Religious Dialogue A survey of the Religious Dialogue, its formal and thematic diversity, as representative of the history of Western spirituality from antiquity to modernity.

Pastoral Theology and Integration
PC 201 Integrative Paper Two Focuses on an overview of the central doctrinal expressions of the church.

Pastoral Formation Hours

Students within the M.Div. program must complete Formation for Ministry workshops and Presbyterian students must also complete the English Bible program.

Formation for Ministry A three-day workshop to be held at the end of the Winter Semester (last week of April or first week of May) focusing on leadership in worship and the call to ordained ministry. All students must participate in two workshops in years 1 and 2 of the M.Div.
English Bible Engages students in the regular reading and memorization of scripture. Students must complete four semesters of English Bible study in years 1 and 2 of the M.Div.

Student Portfolio
Download portfolio details Each student is required to keep a student portfolio.

PCC Church Requirements

Students seeking ordination within The Presbyterian Church in Canada must meet church requirements, which are usually completed before entering the third year of the M.Div. program.

Guidance Conference A one week event held in May or August required for all Presbyterian Church in Canada students. The purpose of the conference is to provide external reflection on a student’s sense of call to ministry.
Psychological Testing A requirement for all Presbyterian Church in Canada students, the psychological testing provides students with areas of strengths and opportunities for growth in their personal lives.
Presbytery Certification All students who are candidates for ministry must be certified by a Presbytery. Recertification must take place each year the student is at the College.
Sexual Abuse and Harassment This seminar takes place in the fall and is required for all candidates for ministry in The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Police Check All students (including non-PCC students) must have police checks in order to fulfill the requirements of congregational placements in the In Ministry Year.


 

M.Div. Year 3

*Indicates that students take classes with students from our partner colleges.
For more information, please view the the M.Div. Year 3 Handbook. Please view the M.Div. Year 3 (2018-19) timetable for a more detailed schedule.

Theology and Practice of Ministry
Supervised Field Placement
(MST 500; 12 credits)
The third year of the M.Div. has a strong component of learning through practical experience. This theological field education framework employs disciplined theological reflection in various contexts to develop skills and capacities for ministry.
Mission and Evangelism
(MST 561; 3 credits)*
Explores various theologies of mission, and the specific cultural challenges of evangelization in our North American context.
Principles of Preaching
(MST 531; 3 credits)*
This courses focuses on the fundamentals of sermon preparation, exegesis for preaching, developing a message, and sermon structure. This course also includes a preaching tutorial where students present sermons for feedback and reflection.
Pastoral Care
(MST 511; 1.5 credits)*
Introduction to the basic skills of pastoral care, and exploration of the particular gifts and challenges the student brings to this ministry.
Education and Formation
(MST 541; 3 credits)*
Examines educational theory, theology and practice, and develops skills and knowledge for ministerial leadership in faith formation and education
Congregational Leadership
(MST 562; 1.5 credits)*
Provides students with lenses to study the congregation, and explores the various dynamics of leadership, particularly in the context of ordained ministry

Denominational Studies
Presbyterian Worship, History, and Polity.
(PC 522; 3 credits)
This course explores the life of the Presbyterian Church in Canada in terms of its history, its worship practices, and its government.
Reformed Ecclesiology and Confessions 
(PC 582; 3 credits)
Explores the Reformed theological tradition through the lens of its Confessional History – considering the themes of church, ministry, sacrmanents, and the themes of creation and salvation.

Global Exposure
Intercultural Experience (MST 390)* Each year, Presbyterian students visit Cuba for one week to meet with Cuban churches, church leaders, theological students and community organizations. This intercultural learning event is an important part of the ministry of the Montreal School of Theology. The primary goal is to have students reflect on the meaning, mission and expression of the Church outside of their own context. (The Presbyterian College is grateful to Presbyterians Sharing for the financial support of this program.)

Pastoral Theology and Integration
Integrative Paper III Students will also work on the completion of their Integrative Paper in M.Div 3. Integrative Paper Three is the final integrative piece of writing in which students reflect upon and integrate their previous and current years of formal study, field placement learning, and personal, spiritual and moral formation to arrive at a theological statement of their understanding of the ministry to which they are called.

Student Portfolio
Details here Each student is required to keep a portfolio of their work through the M.Div. program.

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