Bachelor of Theology

Bachelor of Theology (BTh)

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The Bachelor of Theology is an undergraduate degree program that provides broad instruction in the history, theology, and cultural traditions of Christianity. This program equips students for critical thinking, encourages the development of personal faith, and supports your understanding and respect for those of other religious traditions.

The BTh is a degree program at McGill University, but you register for the program through The Presbyterian College. This means you pay your tuition fees through the College and participate in the community/worship life of the College. You will have all of the advantages of studying at a premier North American University, and also the support of the Christian community and friendship as you pursue your degree. International students registering through the College pay tuition fees that are in line with those paid by Canadian students.

Program Snapshot

  • McGill University undergraduate degree program
  • Registration through The Presbyterian College
  • 120-Credit program in theology and the Christian tradition
  • 4-year program based on full-time study
  • For Quebec students it is a 90-credit, 3-year program based on CEGP completion
  • Academic Admission Requirement: High School Diploma or DEC (Quebec)

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Curriculum

This is a four-year, 120-credit, degree program. In the first two years of the program, students take such courses as:

  • Bible and Western Culture
  • Religion, Politics, and Society
  • Jesus of Nazareth
  • Christian Thought and Culture

In the upper years of the program (years 3 and 4) you will take such courses as the following:

  • The literature of Ancient Israel
  • Formation of the New Testament
  • Principles of Christian Theology
  • Theology of Disability

Minor or Honours Degree?

For students who maintain an adequate CGPA during the first two years of the program, there is an Honours option in the Bachelor of Theology program—this allows for two courses with advanced research. You may also take a Minor Concentration in another area, including Islamic Studies, Psychology, Business Administration, or other areas. Inquire at the time of your application for more details!   Students may also choose to complete minors in a variety of areas, including ethics, interfaith studies, entrepreneurship, or theology and Biblical studies.

Worshipping and Praying Community

Theological study is about meaningfully intellectual engagement. But growth within our spiritual lives is also vital to our formation for ministry. Studying through The Presbyterian College means being part of a warm community that prays together, offers praise together, and shares in meals together.

Be transformed and equipped through study and praise and prayer and celebration together as the Body of Christ.Students considering some form of ministry within the church will also have the opportunity to develop their gifts for ministry. The Bachelor of Theology, therefore, is a foundational degree for students seeking spiritual leadership within their own tradition, including ordination for ministry.

After the BTh

Following the BTh program, many students go on to study for ministry (the MDiv program) or into further academic study of theology (the Master of Sacred Theology. Other students choose to actively live their faith through some non-ordained vocation and work. The Bachelor of Theology degree is a sustaining education for many other types of community-oriented employment, including international relief, teaching, social work, counselling, journalism, and other fields.

Enrolment Requirements

To successfully enrol in the Bachelor of Theology, students must fulfil the academic, admission requirements of both McGill and The Presbyterian College. Students of The Presbyterian College must also provide a statement of their Christian faith and of their commitment to service within the Christian church.

Those who are accepted as students of The Presbyterian College, and enrolled in the B.Th. 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.
How to earn a BTh:
B.Th. Course requirements McGill B.Th. program info

1) 120-credit degree program (4-Year)
Applicants from outside Quebec who hold a high school diploma (unless applying as a mature student). A maximum of 60 transfer credits is accepted.

2) 90-credit degree program (3-Year)
Applicants who have completed the Diploma of Collegial Studies (DCS) from a Quebec CEGEP with a minimum average Cote R of 24, or equivalent. A maximum of 30 transfer credits is accepted.

3) 60-credit degree program (2-Year)
Applicants who have completed a Bachelor of Arts or other Bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.7. No transfer credits are accepted.

Any McGill student in good standing, with a minimum of 30 credits, may apply to transfer from their current degree program into the Bachelor of Theology.

English proficiency

The language of instruction for most courses at McGill University is English; however, students may arrange to write term papers, examinations and theses in French, except in courses where the language itself is the basis of the course.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Non-Canadian applicants whose mother tongue is not English, must have a score of 577 on the paper-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a score of 90, on the new Internet-based iBT composite score.

A minimum score of 21 is required in each individual component of the TOEFL iBT (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).

Permanent residents of Canada whose first language is not English may also be required to submit a TOEFL.

IMPORTANT: To ensure TOEFL scores are received by McGill, students must note the university’s institution code, 0935, on the TOEFL exam.

Note: The McGill ETS Institution code is: 0935.

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