The Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) is a twenty-credit program that allows students to specialize in one of the following areas: Social Ministry, Pastoral Care and Worship and Preaching. For information about Muslim streams in the Master of Pastoral Studies click here. The MPS prepares graduates to be leaders in lay ministry, careers in the non-profit sector and a variety of ministry settings.
The MPS program consists of a total of 20 credits and may be completed purely on a part-time basis and up to eight years for completion. It is possible to combine the MPS with the MDiv program.
The Pastoral Care stream is a professional master's programs that prepare graduates to be certified with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care as persons who provide pastoral counselling and/or spiritual care (public chaplaincy) in hospitals, educational insitutions, prisons, congregations and the armed forces.
The Social Ministry and Worship and Preaching streams are non-professional degrees and are usually pursued for personal enrichment. Graduates of these streams may be leaders in lay ministry and community or pursue careers in social service and community-based agencies and organizations.
What would I study? Quick Glance
Christian Streams Required Courses: Old Testament I, New Testament I, History of Christianity I, Context and Ministry, Theology I, and electives in the following areas: Pastoral Theology, Spirituality, Social Ministry, Pastoral Counselling, Worship I or Homiletics I.
Social Ministry Stream: Integrative Paper, Contextual Education, Christian Ethics in Context, Mission and Religious Pluralism, and electives in the following areas of study: Christian Education, Social Ministry, Social Ethics, Social Ministry and two open electives.
Pastoral Care Stream: Integrative Paper, Contextual Education, Supervised Pastoral Education (SPE), Christian Ethics in Context, Mission and Religious Pluralism, and electives in the following areas of study: Christian Education, Pastoral Care, Life Stage Ministry (e.g. Gerontology, Youth Ministry, or Spirituality),and an option for additional SPE units.
Worship and Preaching: Integrative Paper, Contextual Education, Songs of the Church, Mission and Religious Pluralism and electives in the following areas of study: Worship, Homiletics, Christian Education and open electives.
Upon completion of the MPS, graduates will:
Religious Faith and Heritage
• Demonstrate knowledge of religious heritage, and articulate clearly their own theological positions (as related to pastoral practices).
• Interpret scripture and religious texts using a variety of methods, sources, and norms.
• Identify and respect the diversity of theological viewpoints and practices within their religious tradition.
Culture and Context
• Demonstrate critical understanding for one’s area of specialization of the relationship between faith practices and cultural contexts.
• Employ diverse methods of analysis in relating to the cultural contexts of one’s specialization (e.g., pastoral, worship and preaching or social ministry).
• Give evidence of critical self-awareness with regard to their own and other faith perspectives and practices of educational ministry.
• Demonstrate understanding of the variety of callings and spiritual practices within their religious 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.
Practices of Area of Specialization
• Demonstrate initiative, responsibility, and accountability in personal relationships and group contexts.
• Demonstrate knowledge of theories and practices relevant to leadership in their own area of specialization.
• Demonstrate skills for responsible and accountable specialized leadership in congregational and community contexts.