Theological Studies

Study the Bible, Christian theology, church history, and the practice of ministry in an interdisciplinary and ecumenical setting with a distinctive Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective. Explore current scholarship and examine contemporary issues. Interact with faculty and students from diverse academic disciplines in a small classroom setting. Test ideas. Develop skill and self-understanding in internships. Experience the support and expertise of faculty and fellow students. 

What is the Master of Theological Studies?

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is a two-year degree offered conjointly by the University of Waterloo and Conrad Grebel University College. It is open to persons from a range of academic backgrounds and is designed for those who may be exploring vocations of ministry and service, those preparing for pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, or further graduate studies, and those seeking personal enrichment.

Why MTS at Conrad Grebel?

The supportive and stimulating environment provides frequent interaction with faculty, extensive library resources, study and social spaces, and opportunities for participation in a wide range of activities. Theological Studies students are able to enrich their experience by taking courses in other programs at UWaterloo and at nearby universities and theological schools.

MTS students may choose from three program options: coursework, applied studies, or thesis. These options enable students to tailor their degree to their specific interests and vocations.

Plus, all full-time Canadian/permanent resident MTS students are eligible for full-time tuition scholarships.

  1. Jan. 22, 2020Master of Theological Studies Equips Graduates for Work in Mennonite Churches
    MTS Graduate Rachel Wallace pastors at Eigenheim Mennonite Church in Saskatchewan

    Master of Theological Studies Equips Graduates for Work in Mennonite Churches
    by Elizabeth Robertson

  2. Jan. 16, 2020Melding the Theoretical and the Practical
    Jane Kuepfer

    Combining academics and practice is vital to learning. Recognizing this, Professor Jane Kuepfer, Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging, integrates experiential learning in the classes that she teaches in the Master of Theological Studies program at Grebel. “Academics is a way of processing what happens in daily life.

  3. Jan. 6, 2020Penner to Address #MennonitesToo
    Penner to Address #MennonitesToo by Katrina Steckle (Communications Co-op Student)

    In 2017, the #MeToo hashtag started a global movement to destigmatize and increase awareness about sexual violence. This coming March, Carol Penner, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, will speak on “#MennonitesToo: Sexual Violence and Mennonite Peace Theology” as the C. Henry Smith Peace Lecturer at Bluffton University and Goshen College. 

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  1. Feb. 28, 2020Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity and Pastoral Care: New Opportunities

    This two-hour “Ministry Forum” is open to MCEC pastors and alumni of the MTS program. 

    Steph Chandler-Burns, assistant pastor at Erb St. Mennonite, and Carol Penner, on faculty at Grebel, will lead a discussion with a role play, followed by small group discussion. 

    This is an opportunity for pastors to meet each other over lunch and explore an important topic.

    To RSVP contact the TS Department by Feb 21, 2020.


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