Program information

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Overview

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program is a two-year, interdisciplinary degree. All classes are held at Conrad Grebel's campus in Waterloo, Ontario. Students may choose to study full-time or part-time. Full-time students take 3+ courses in the fall and winter terms and 2+ courses in the spring term.

Degree options

Students in the MTS will complete the program via one of the three options:

  1. Coursework
  2. Applied Studies
  3. Thesis

1. Coursework option

This provides students with a broad understanding of theological disciplines. It consists of coursework and a final research paper. It is the most flexible option and is often the best option for students entering from another discipline or for those completing the program for personal enrichment. Students may begin in this option and decide to move to one of the other two options after they have completed several courses.

Coursework structure

Students who choose the coursework option must complete 16 courses in total (0.5 credits each; 8.0 credits in total) and maintain a 75% average.

Troy and MTS student 4 required core courses:

  • TS 600 – Thinking Theologically
  • TS 610 – Studying the Old Testament
  • TS 611 – Studying the New Testament
  • TS 640 – Mennonite Tradition in Historical Context

Plus:

  • 12 additional TS or other approved graduate courses
  • Master's Research Seminar
  • Academic Integrity Milestone Requirement   

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2. Applied Studies option

This option integrates academic study and practical internships. It is for students involved in or preparing for the practice of ministry. "Ministry" is broadly understood to include pastoral roles in congregations, chaplaincy in hospitals, prisons, or elder care facilities, or social service work in varied settings. This option involves coursework, internships, and a capstone integrative project. 

Applied Studies structure

Students who choose the applied studies option must complete 16 courses in total (0.5 credits each; 8.0 credits in total) and maintain a 75% average.

8 required core courses:

  • TS 600 – Thinking Theologically
  • TS 610 – Studying the Old Testament
  • TS 611 – Studying the New Testament
  • TS 640 – Mennonite Tradition in Historical Context
  • TS 677 – Church and Ministry
  • TS 678 – Supervised Experience in Ministry I
  • TS 679 – Supervised Experience in Ministry II
  • TS 783 – Integration Seminar

Plus:

  • 8 additional TS or other approved graduate courses
  • Master's Research Seminar
  • Academic Integrity Milestone Requirement

3. Thesis option

This is the most focused of the options and is often taken by students preparing for advanced graduate studies in Theology, Biblical studies, or History of Christianity, or by those who already have a strong undergraduate background in theological studies. It involves coursework and research and culminates in a thesis.

Thesis structure

Students who choose the thesis option must complete 8 courses in total (0.5 credits each; 4.0 credits in total), maintain a 75% average, and complete a thesis.

4 required core courses:

  • TS 600 – Thinking Theologically
  • TS 610 – Studying the Old Testament
  • TS 611 – Studying the New Testament
  • TS 640 – Mennonite Tradition in Historical Context

Plus:

  • 4 additional TS or other approved graduate courses
  • Master's Thesis Proposal
  • Master's Thesis (4.0 credits)
  • Master's Thesis Submission
  • Academic Integrity Milestone Requirement

Courses

For a full listing of all TS courses, please see Course Descriptions.

To see the courses that are currently being offered, please see Course Offerings.

To view sample syllabi from select TS courses, please see Sample Syllabi.


Sample program sequences

To get an idea of what your MTS degree might look like, check out these sample program sequences:

1. Coursework program sequence
2. Applied Studies program sequence
3. Thesis program sequence

Cooperation with other schools

MTS students may take a limited number of courses at certain institutions. For more information, please contact the TS department.


Student Handbook

For more information on each option and the required courses, please see our TS Student Handbook.

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