Program Type:
Professional Degree

Program Duration:
Designed to be completed in 3 years


  • Agreement with the McMaster Divinity College Statement of Faith
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum B- average


  • Biblical Studies: General, OT or NT
  • Church and Culture
  • Counselling and Spiritual Care
  • Pastoral Studies
  • Christian History and Worldview

Read more about each specialization.

Program Description

Biblical Studies  2 6
New Testament and/or Old Testament courses (any 2 courses with codes beginning with NT or OT)
Theological Studies 2 6
Church History and/or Theological Studies courses (any 2 courses with codes beginning with CH or TH)
Ministry Studies 6 18
Ministry Studies courses (any 6 courses with codes beginning with MS)
Ministry Reflection Seminar 3 9
Multi-Term (in-class or online), To be completed alongside a weekly ministry placement
Spiritual Formation Retreat (Pass/Fail) [at end of program]
Specialization 8 24
8 courses in one of the following specializations:
Biblical Studies (BS)
Church and Culture (CC)
Counselling and Spiritual Care (CS)
Pastoral Studies (PS)
Christian History and Worldview (CW)
Electives 6 18
Free Electives OR 4 Free Electives + Thesis Option (25,000 words)
Program Total 27 81

Thesis Option

There is also the option of doing a thesis as part of this degree.  Students who demonstrate sufficient academic success (at least a B+ or higher in their specialization and a GPA of at least B+) are encouraged to consider the thesis option.  The thesis allows students to pursue their own research, while working with an academic mentor on the faculty. Those who intend to go on for further academic training are strongly encouraged to pursue the thesis option.  (6 units)

Ministry Formation (Ministry Reflection Seminar + weekly practicum)
The goal of Ministry Formation is to offer McMaster Divinity College students an opportunity for ministry experience, integration of class room learning with ministry practice, and reflection on personal and theological issues as they pertain to their own development as ministering persons. The program seeks to be highly intentional in its process and outcomes so as to maximize the student’s development for future ministry. By emphasizing the central development tenets of “Knowing, Being, Doing,” the Ministry Formation program seeks to be integrated with the rest of the College’s curriculum, and is intentional in its desire to be an effective program for the formation of current and future ministers in the Church. Ministry Formation is a required course in all three years of the MDiv program. However, to allow for flexibility for students, the classroom component of Ministry Formation (Ministry Formation Seminar) is now offered online.