Master of Pastoral Studies: Muslim Studies

The Master of Pastoral Studies: Muslim Studies (MPS) is a twenty-credit program that allows students to specialize in one of the following areas: Social Service or Spiritual Care. Information about non-Muslim streams is available here. Many courses in this program are specifically for Muslim Studies, but all courses are open to all students in all degree programs. While some courses will emphasize one religious perspective or another, all courses endeavour to respect diverse religious perspectives.

The MPS program may be completed purely on a part-time basis and over a period of up to eight years.

The Muslim Studies: Spiritual Care stream is a professional master's program that prepares 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 institutions, prisons, congregations and the armed forces.

The Muslim Studies: Social Service stream is a non-professional degree and is usually pursued for personal enrichment. Graduates of this stream may be leaders in spiritual or cultural communities or pursue careers in social service and community-based agencies and organizations.

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What would I study? Quick Glance 

Required Courses - Surat al-Baqara: An Introduction to the Quran; Biography and Thought: Study of Muhammad; Islamic Thought in the Classical Age; Context and Ministry; Law, Ethics and Society; Religious Thought and Spirituality in Islam; Islamic Thought through the Modern Age; Care in Community, Open Elective

Muslim Studies: Social Service Stream - Contextual Education, Professional Ethics, Integrative Paper, and six electives.

Muslim Studies: Spiritual Care Stream - Contextual Education, Supervised Pastoral Education, Professional Ethics, Integrative Paper, and four electives.

MPS: Muslim Studies program requirements from EC Student Handbook

Learning Outcomes

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, spiritual care, social service, preaching or social ministry).
• Give evidence of critical self-awareness with regard to their own and other faith perspectives and practices of educational ministry.

Spiritual/Vocational Formation
• 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.

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