The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is intended to equip persons for ordained ministry in The United Church of Canada and other denominations as well as other forms of ministry such as pastoral care, pastoral counselling, careers in the non-profit sector, Christian education and chaplaincy. This program may also lead to advanced degree study and therefore MDiv students have the option of writing a thesis.
Graduates of the MDiv are eligible to be certified with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care as pastoral care providers, community-based pastoral care workers, chaplains and pastoral counsellors.
The MDiv consists of 30 credits and may be completed on a purely part-time basis. Students are allowed up to eight years to complete the degree. It is possible to combine the MDiv program with the MPS or MA programs.
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Emmanuel College recognizes that a Master of Divinity degree can be a challenging commitment for potential students who are facing the realities of financing a three-year program. The MDiv Entrance Tuition Grant aims to offset some of those financial costs and enable prospective students to begin the program, have a positive experience and provide the student with more time to make arrangements to finance years two and three. It is our hope this will make preparation for ministry more accessible and encourage incoming students to invest fully in life at Emmanuel College.
Domestic MDiv students who begin in the Fall or Winter Session will receive a tuition grant for a maximum of 10 credits taken within 12 months of their initial registration.
International Students may be eligible for other types of student aid. Students admitted to the MDiv on a conditional basis may still be eligible for a tuition grant at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
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Old Testament I & II, New Testament I & II, History of Christianity I & II, Theology I & II, Worship I, Context and Ministry, Songs of the Church, Homiletics I, Education and Faith Formation, Care and Community, Contextual Education, Christian Ethics in Context, Mission & Religious Pluralism, Ministry Integration.
MDiv students are required to take 5 Open Electives, and 6 Designated Electives and must include courses in each of the following areas:
Bible (can be Hebrew or Greek)
History of Christianity
Theology or Ethics
Church and Community or Christian Education
Worship or Homiletics
Spirituality (at Emmanuel)
Candidates for ordination in the United Church of Canada must use 2 electives to meet church requirements for ordination (e.g., 1 open elective for a polity course such as EMP 2731 Ministry of Governance, and an open or designated elective for a United Church history or theology course, such as EMH 3570 Issues in UCC History, or EMT 3412 Confessing our Faith.
Students may use 2 electives from Level III to write an MDiv thesis.
Culture and Context
• Demonstrate critical understanding for ordered and lay ministries of the relationship between faith practices and cultural contexts.
• Employ diverse methods of contextual analysis.
• Give evidence of critical self-awareness with regard to their own and other faith perspectives and practices.
• Demonstrate understanding of the variety of callings and spiritual practices within the Christian tradition, and an ability to reflect critically on their own sense of call to leadership and service.
• Attend to the spiritual development and well-being of self and others.
• Display capacity for self-reflexive and spiritual practices within communities of faith.
Ministerial and Public Leadership
• Demonstrate initiative, responsibility, and accountability in personal relationships and group contexts.
• Demonstrate knowledge of theories and practices relevant to congregational and community leadership.
• Show ability to integrate theory and practice.