M.T.S. Program Outline & Requirements

The Master of Theological Studies can be completed on a part-time basis. Students may follow either the Integrating Studies Stream, or the First Studies Stream. All students convocate with the Master of Theological Studies. See below for specific requirements.

All students are required to maintain an electronic portfolio that documents their progress through their programs.


Integrating Studies Streamtwo-year, twenty-credit

Biblical: 3 Units

  • RGB1005H Introduction to Old Testament
  • RGB1501H Introduction to New Testament:
  • One Elective

Historical: 2 Units

  • Introduction: Early Church History
  • One Elective: Taken at the 3000 level

Theological: 4 Units

  • RGT1101H Foundations of Theology
  • One Elective: Taken at the 3000 level
  • Two Electives: May be taken at any TST college

Moral Theology: 2 Units

  • RGT1905H Ethical Reflections on Pastoral Practice
  • One Elective: May be taken at any TST college

Pastoral: 4 Units

  • RGP1621H Introduction to Ministry
  • One Elective: Taken at the 3000 level
  • Two Electives: May be taken at any TST college

Free Electives: 3 Units
These courses may be selected from any of the four TST departments, although they are usually selected with a view to forming a concentration of courses in one department (e.g. Theology).

Closure: RGT3790Y MTS Synthesis Paper
A detailed protocol on the preparation of the synthesis paper to bring the MTS program to completion is available from the Student Services Assistant.



First Studies Stream:  three-year, thirty-credit. With the approval of the program director, up to 10 of the 30 courses may be taken at the undergraduate level. 


A 18-hour seminar in academic skills entitled "Introduction to Philosophical Studies" given over the course of 6 days in late August.

Religious Heritage: 8 Units

RGP1621H Ignatian Foundations for Mission and Ministry
RGT1101H Foundations of Theology
RGB1005H Introduction to the Old Testament
RGB1501H Introduction to the New Testament
Introduction: Early Church History
Three Electives:  In Theology, Contextual Theology or Biblical Languages

Cultural Context: 10 Units

  • The precise courses that fulfill the philosophy distribution requirements will be determined each year by the program director/academic advisor.
  • 4 units in the history of philosophy; one from each of the different historical periods:
    • Ancient
    • Medieval
    • Early Modern
    • Contemporary
  • 4 units in different philosophical disciplines:
    • Philosophy of God
    • Philosophy of Human Nature
    • Epistemology
    • Ethics
  • 2 units of electives in Philosophy

Social and Natural Sciences, Humanities, or a Second Language: 10 Units

      With the approval of the program director, courses may be completed on an
      undergraduate level.

Summative Exercise: 2 Units

  • A final integrative seminar in which the student prepares a 30-page paper, which will be defended orally in the first week of June.


Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)