Master of Sacred Theology

Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.)

The Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M) is a non-thesis degree (45 credits) that can be completed in two years (of two terms each) of full-time study or three terms (12 months) of full-time study. The S.T.M. degree may, by permission, be taken on a part-time basis. The degree can be taken for advanced study or in preparation for ordination.

When taken in preparation for ordination, graduates will be required to take a further year of professional pastoral studies (the In-Ministry-Year) at The Presbyterian College. Also, these candidates must satisfy the College that their STM program has covered all the essential ingredients of academic theological study in a manner suited to preparation for ministry.

This program allows students to engage in a research project that is of interest to them and which is approved by their advisor. It is an ideal degree for those who want to do further research and theological study in a shortened time frame (12 months full-time).

The Master of Sacred Theology program is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada.

Students are able to choose various areas of study in addition to required courses, including a research project. Applicants must possess a B.A., normally with at least a good second-class standing (B+ or CGPA 3.3/4.0), in a major or honours program in religious studies or theology from an accredited university or college.

Those who are accepted as students of The Presbyterian College, and enrolled in the STM at McGill, will accept the following obligations in relation to The Presbyterian College:

– Pay all tuition costs through the College.
– Participate in community life and worship at the College.
– Be part of a local congregation, engaged in some form of ministry.
– Participate in occasional programs at the college, as invited, in areas pertinent to their academic work.

Course requirements

S.T.M. — Faith to Faith/Face to Face Program

This program brings young, international Christian leaders, whose communities might be marked by religious intolerance and conflict, to study at The Presbyterian College and within the McGill University School of Religious Studies. Through enrolment in the Master of Sacred Theology program at McGill (with a focus in interfaith dialogue and global religious realities), and through participation in the community of faith and learning at The Presbyterian College, students will build the kinds of attitudes and skills necessary for inter-faith collaboration.

For details on this program visit the Faith to Faith/Face to Face page.