Program Details – Master of Divinity

Program Details: The first two years of study for the Master of Divinity are completed in the School of Religious Studies, McGill University (within the framework of the BTh program, there) and the final year of the Master of Divinity program is completed through partnership with the Colleges of the Montreal School of Theology. For a general description of the MDiv program, click here.

The program requirements of the MDiv are as follows:

Master of Divinity, Year 1

Program Details: The first year of the MDiv requires the completion of 10 courses (30 credits). Among these are the following 8 required courses. There are two additional complementary courses to be taken. If a student must take Greek to fulfill denominational requirements, these are taken in the Classics Department (offered collaboratively with Religious Studies). Students should always consult with the Academic Dean for course selection.

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.
Formation of the New Testament
(RELG 311)
An introduction to the formation and interpretation of the New Testament
apart from the Gospels.
The Gospels (RELG 312) An introduction to the critical study of the Gospels.
Church and Empire to 1300
(RELG 322)
A survey of major developments in the history of Christianity from
the end of the apostolic age to 1300.
Church and State from 1300
(RELG 323)
Significant events and persons in the history of western Christianity
from 1300 to the present.
Principles of Theology
(RELG 333) 
A survey of major developments in the history of Christianity from the end of the apostolic age to 1300.
Western Intellectual Tradition
(RELG 321)
Introduces essential sources in western philosophy and theology and their
arguments; attends also to historical development of ideas. 
Elective Introduction to Greek if required (CLAS 220)
Elective Introduction to Greek if required (CLAS 222)

Master of Divinity, Year 2

The second year of the MDiv requires the completion of 10 courses (30 credits). Among these are the following 8 required courses. There are two additional complementary courses to be taken. If a student must take Greek to fulfill denominational requirements, these are taken in the Classics Department (offered collaboratively with Religious Studies). Students should always consult with the Academic Dean for course selection.

Canadian Church History
(RELG  301)
A survey of the major Christian traditions in Canada from European settlement in
New France (colonial period) to the present.
Christianity in Global Perspective
(RELG  479)
An exploration of global theological and ecclesial expressions of Christianity
including with attention to the history of Christian mission.
Advanced Theology
(RELG 434)
Examination of the nature of theology, and particular theological loci,
through readings in major theologians. 
Theological Ethics (RELG 470) Examines ancient and modern sources of Christian moral thought
against a backdrop of contemporary alternatives.
Advanced Greek (RELG 381)
or Elective
A review of grammar and syntax with an emphasis on rapid reading of sections
chosen from different parts of the New Testament.
Exegesis
(RELG  411 or 481 or 410)
Students who require Greek will be required to enrol in
either RELG 481 or RELG 410
Bible, Complementary
(RELG  407 or 408)
A complementary course in the Hebrew Bible area – either looking at
the Prophets or the Writings.
Other Tradition, Complementary (RELG  252, 253, 352, or 354) A complementary course in a religious tradition
other than Christianity.
Theology, Complementary
(RELG 330, 336, 399, 423)
A complementary course in the Christian theology area.
Elective Taken within the Faculty of Arts

Master of Divinity, Year 3

The third year of the Master of Divinity requires the completion of course requirements (30 credits) and also non-credit requirements. These courses and requirements are for the most part taken together with students of other colleges in MST, with two courses (6 credits) taken as denomination- specific courses.

Supervised Field Placement
(MST 500 – 12 credits)
The placement takes place over the full academic year and represents 40% of MDiv 3. Students participate in typical ministry activities in a congregation or community organization and the regular practice of theological reflection. Also includes requirements for Field Placement Groups and the Integrative Paper.
Congregational Mission
(MST  561 – 3 credits)
An exploration of the mission of the church, with particular reference to local
congregations and competencies for missional leadership.
Principles of Preaching
(MST 531 – 3 credits)
Explores the fundamentals of sermon preparation, exegesis for preaching, developing a message, and sermon structure. Also includes a preaching tutorial.
Pastoral Care
(MST 511 – 2 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 – 2 credits)
Examines educational theory, theology and practice, and develops skills and knowledge for ministerial leadership in faith formation and education
Congregational Leadership
(MST 562 – 2 credits)
Provides students with lenses to study the congregation, and explores the various
dynamics of leadership, particularly in the context of ordained ministry
Presbyterian History, Polity and Worship (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 Confessions and Ecclesiology (PC 582 – 3 credits)  Explores the Reformed theological tradition through the lens of its Confessional
History – considering the themes of church, ministry, sacraments, and the
themes of creation and salvation.

Other MDiv 3 (In-Ministry Year) Requirements

Intercultural Experience
(MST 390)
An intercultural learning experience which in recent years has taken the form of a one-week study tour in Cuba, learning from and with partner organizations in Cuba.
Preaching Workshop A preaching workshop is held in the Fall term.
Pastoral Care Workshop A pastoral care workshop, on a specific theme in pastoral care, held in the Winter term.
Conflict Management Workshop A conflict management workshop, held in the Winter term.