Cooperative MTS-MDiv Sequential Degree Arrangement – Canadian Mennonite University

This page provides an overview of information and procedures for students interested in completing a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree at Grebel/University of Waterloo, and then proceeding to complete a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), in Winnipeg.

I. The Basic sequence:

  1. Student applies for admission to MTS program at Grebel/University Waterloo.
  2. Student completes MTS (Applied Studies) at Grebel (16 courses), including, ideally, three CMU courses. The MTS degree is awarded conjointly by Grebel and University of Waterloo. Sequential degrees are possible from other MTS program options, but those who complete the Applied option will likely be able to meet more requirements of the MDiv.
  3. Student applies for admission to MDiv program at CMU.
  4. Up to 13 of 16 courses may be transferred.
  5. Three courses may be taken at CMU (live-streamed or on campus) while a student is a Grebel MTS student (see II.8).  These courses will count towards the MTS degree, and will also be applied towards an MDiv at CMU.  Thus, it is possible that all 16 MTS courses (=48 hours) will be counted towards an MDiv degree.
  6. Student completes MDiv at CMU.
  7. Upon completion, MDiv degree is awarded by CMU.

II. Further information

  1. Admission to Grebel/Waterloo and CMU are separate processes.  There is no guarantee that admission to one implies admission to the other.
  2. A Grebel MTS student interested in sequential degrees is eligible for all Grebel scholarships during their MTS program.  For example, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, studying full-time, with Fall registration, is receives full-time tuition scholarships for up to six terms of study.
  3. Grebel/UW and CMU use different systems of calculating academic requirements/ course credit. Grebel follows UW’s system of counting courses (a one term course that meets 3 hours per week for 12 weeks = 0.5 credit.)  All Grebel courses have the same weight.  The MTS program requires 16 courses (=8.0 credits)
  4. CMU uses an hour-based system of course weight.  An individual course leads to 1 hour or 3 hours of credit.  The MDiv requires 81 hours.
  5. Meeting MDiv requirements depends not only on the total course credits transferred, but on taking Grebel courses that fulfill specific course requirements for the MDiv at CMU.  Grebel courses should be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor to ensure that these requirements are being met.
  6. Students may pursue these sequential degrees even if they are not able to transfer the maximum number of courses.
  7. In addition to the 8 required courses for MTS Applied Studies, students interested in the CMU MDiv studies are strongly advised to take the following MTS courses:
    • TS 635 Christian Ethics
    • TS 684 Pastoral Care
    • TS 751 Worship, Ritual, and Ministry
    • TS 755 Preaching
    • Students will work closely with their advisor to choose the remaining three elective courses.
  8.  During their MTS studies, Grebel students may register at CMU as visiting students for up to nine credit hours (=3 MTS courses).  These will most often be online courses.  Such courses will apply towards the MTS degree and also be credits at CMU (i.e. they are not included in the 39 hours of maximum transfer credit).  Only courses with a weight of 3 hours can be applied towards MTS requirements.  A 3 hour course is equivalent to 1 course (0.5 credit) at Grebel.