Christian Theology, ministry, and the Bible are complex topics that can be studied using various approaches at Conrad Grebel University College. The Master of Theological Studies program offers students three distinct paths to complete their degree: course work, applied studies, and thesis. The thesis pathway is structurally very different from the other two pathways. In the first half of the program, students engage in courses while gathering resources and ideas for their thesis. The second half of the program is devoted to researching, writing, and reviewing their thesis: a 120-page research paper in a specific area of interest.
Most students choose the course work or applied studies path for their MTS degree, but Colin Friesen and Lindsay Ralph want to pursue further education. The thesis pathway allowed them to explore what a PhD might look like. A thesis can be one way to demonstrate the excellence in research that is required to be admitted into a PhD program.
Faculty and students in the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program at Conrad Grebel University College have found that conversations between those with different approaches to Christianity are a valuable learning experience. Class discussions about the Bible, Christian theology, ministry, and church history are all enriched due to diverse approaches to Christianity from both students and professors.