Students

Our goal is for students to have the best possible experience while preparing for the work to which God has called them.

Programs

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We have various programs to help you fulfill God's call to train for further Christian service. McMaster Divinity College offers two streams of educational experience. Our professional degree programs, the Master of Divinity and the Master of Theological Studies, are designed with specializations for individuals who aim to apply what they learn in the classroom to their life in vocational ministry. The research degree programs, the Doctor of Philosophy (Christian Theology) and Master of Arts (Christian Studies), prepare individuals who feel called to academic teaching and writing ministries of the Church.

Please click here for details regarding our specializations.

There is also the possibility to take up to three courses as an Occasional Student. This allows students to experience life in the MDC community and creates an opportunity for students who do not have a clear direction in their program choice to take courses that will go toward any degree or program that they may choose. There is also the possibility for students from other institutions to take courses at MDC under a Letter of Permission (LOP) issued by their institution. Those credits taken under an LOP will then transfer back to the student's institution.

Further details regarding these programs are provided throughout this website, and we encourage you to explore the details more closely. Of course, please feel free to contact us if you need more information.

In 2013, we introduced our revised M.T.S. and M.Div. programs, designed to help you meet your goals. For a one-page summary of these programs, please click here for the M.Div. and here for the M.T.S.

Research Degree

Overview

The Ph.D. (Christian Theology) is particularly designed to prepare students for the teaching, writing, and leadership ministries of the Church. It is a full-time degree that builds upon previous foundational theological study and encourages the development of valuable ministerial and teaching experience. Potential students may choose from the following disciplines: Biblical Studies (OT, NT, Septuagint [new in Fall 2017]), Theological Studies (includes Church History), and Ministry Studies (includes Pastoral Theology, Preaching).
 

Completion Time

Designed to be completed in 4-6 years

Research Degree

Overview

The M.A. (Christian Studies) degree is particularly designed to prepare students for doctoral level studies or to develop advanced competence in theological studies. It is two years of full-time study or up to four years of part-time study, requiring 36 units of advanced-level course work and one year for the writing of the thesis in an area of Christian studies. This program has a research-oriented emphasis, building on prior academic preparation in the general areas of theological education.

Completion Time

Designed to be completed in 2-4 years

Advanced Professional Degree

Overview

The DPT degree is designed especially for students engaged in a practical ministry context. It seeks to integrate practice-led research with a broad range of diverse educational options, and encourages development of practices and knowledge vital for practical ministry and leadership. The program can be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis, requiring 43 units of course work/retreats, culminating in a Research Dissertation Project (15 units). All core courses are offered in hybrid format only. Advanced Electives can be taken as hybrid courses or regular classroom courses.

Completion Time

Designed to be completed in 3 years

Professional Degree

Overview

The M.Div. degree has traditionally served as the primary avenue of preparation for professional Christian ministry. It is still the optimal degree for those serving in local church ministry and remains a necessity for those who sense a call to chaplaincy.  It provides for spiritual, intellectual, and practical formation in terms of biblical, historical, theological, and pastoral competencies, equipping students to be effective leaders in the church and contemporary society. A significant component of this program is Ministry Formation; we have integrated this feature throughout three years of the program.

Completion Time

Designed to be completed in 3 years

Professional Degree

Overview

The complexities of the world in which we live necessitate that Christians have a firm foundation for what they believe. The M.T.S. degree addresses this need through coursework that aids in the development of Christian character and offers instruction and practical formation in terms of biblical, historical, theological, and ministry competencies, developing students to be effective leaders in the church and society.

Completion Time

Designed to be completed in 2 years

Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Ministry is a non-degree program that is virtually identical in its style, approach, and content to the M.Div. degree. This program is designed for those who have experienced a call to ministry but have no undergraduate degree. However, it is restricted to those who have the endorsement of their denomination and a specific plan of action (developed both by the individual and denominational leadership) for working within their denominational context after the completion of the program.

Completion Time

Designed to be completed in 3 years

Overview

The Graduate Certificate of Christian Studies is a non-degree program that allows students to enhance their spiritual development. It is ideal for individuals who do not wish to be confined to a specific area of study or a particular degree program. Although there is a suggested course of study, there are no restrictions on the ten courses required to receive a Cert.C.S. The credits of the Cert.C.S. program can be used toward the M.Div., M.T.S., and Dip.Min. programs.

Completion Time

Designed to be completed 1-10 years