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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 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. Nov. 16, 2021Heeding the Call to Ministry
    MTS student leading worship

    By Jennifer Konkle

    The Master of Theological Studies program at Grebel draws students from a variety of backgrounds and faith traditions. Two current students, Kathryn Cressman and Laurel Rounds Fretz, joined Mennonite churches as adults and both felt a gradual pull toward ministry within their home churches.

  2. Aug. 9, 2021Spring MTS Courses Transformative for Spiritual Growth and Ministry Aspirations
    Bruxy Cavey teaching online course

    Graduate students in Conrad Grebel University College’s Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program choose from a selection of courses each year, spanning topics on the Bible, theology, church history, ministry, music, leadership, and pastoral care. Periodically, Grebel offers additional courses taught by visiting lecturers who broaden the scope of the program’s regular course offerings.

  3. July 9, 2021New Theological Studies Scholarship Established for Ministry Students
    Emerson and Elsie McDowell

    In recognition of Emerson and Elsie McDowell's commitment to the ministry of the Mennonite Church, their vision for ecumenism, and to support of the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program at Conrad Grebel University College, the Emerson and Elsie McDowell Theological Studies Scholarship has been established. The McDowells had a long relationship with Grebel as donors, parents, and grandparents. The McDowell family has a strong interest in church leadership and a passion for theological studies and ministry, and they have chosen to establish this award in honour of their parents. 

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