Master of Divinity

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. 

Combined Degree Options

The MDiv and MPS degree programs are designed so that the first year of study of each is similar. After the first year of study, a student may transfer from one program to another. It is possible to earn both the MDiv and MPS degrees within 4 years of study. A person who has the MDiv degree or its equivalent from an institution of approved standing may obtain the MPS by completing 10 additional credits. A person holding the MPS may obtain the MDiv by completing 16 further credits, with 2 sessions of the combined program spent as a full-time student.

It is possible to combine the MDiv program with the MPS or MA programs.

Apply to the MDiv Program

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What would I study? Quick Glance

Required Courses

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.

MDiv program requirements from EC Student Handbook

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the MDiv, graduates will:

Religious Faith and Heritage
• Demonstrate knowledge of the Christian heritage, and articulate clearly their own theological positions.
• Interpret scripture and Christian texts using a variety of methods, sources, and norms.
• Identify and respect the diversity of theological viewpoints and practices within the Christian tradition.

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.

Spiritual/Vocational Formation
• 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.


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