The Master of Pastoral Studies: Muslim Studies (MPS) is a twenty-credit program that allows students to specialize in one of the following areas: Muslim Studies: Social Service or Muslim Studies: Spiritual Care. Information about non-Muslim streams is available here.
The MPS program consists of a total of 20 credits and 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 programs 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.
More information about Muslim Studies at Emmanuel College is available here.
What would I study? Quick Glance
Required Courses - The Qur-an: Spirit and Form OR Qur'an I: An Introduction, Biography and Thought: Study of Muhammad, History of Islamic Thought: Classical Age, Context and Ministry, Qur'an: Reading and Transformation OR Qur'an II: Islamic Thought and Bible, Law Ethics and Society, Religious Thought and Spirituality in Islam, History of Islamic Thought: Modern Age, Care in Community.
Muslim Studies: Social Service Stream - Contextual Education, Mission and Religious Pluralism, Professional Ethics, Integrative Paper, and six electives.
Muslim Studies: Spiritual Care Stream - Contextual Education, Supervised Pastoral Education, Mission and Religious Pluralism, Professional Ethics, Integrative Paper, and four 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, 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.
• 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.