From its modest beginnings in the mid-1st century to its rise as the world’s biggest religion, Christianity’s role within society is in constant evolution. With the Church now operating in a pluralistic society, we need academic researchers more than ever to respectfully approach the history of theology while maintaining an eye on the future.
The MA in Theological Studies offers you the chance to explore the relationships between varieties of religious experience and human society. Positioning itself in the humanities, our program provides an interdisciplinary environment for advanced research by using tools and methodologies present in other disciplines such as philosophy, history and languages.
You’ll join a vibrant community of researchers and faculty members who will encourage you to go beyond established disciplinary boundaries as you examine the function of theology and faith in a secular era.
Our diverse student body is composed of individuals with a variety of religious backgrounds, or no religious backgrounds at all, as well as people who have questions about faith and spirituality. Our alumni are well-placed to continue in the field by pursuing doctoral studies or working in various sectors of the society.
A solid undergraduate preparation with a range of competence similar to that demanded of Major students at Concordia, and a minimum B average in their undergraduate studies. Qualified applicants requiring prerequisite courses may be required to take up to 12 undergraduate credits in addition to and as a part of the regular graduate program. Admission into the program is on recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Language Requirements. Thesis proposals which depend on special linguistic skills will be accepted only from students competent in the appropriate languages.
Credits. A fully qualified candidate is required to complete 45 credits.
Students may enter one of the two options, A or B, outlined below.
Option A: MA with Thesis
Required courses: THEO 603 Method in Theology (3 credits), THEO 604 Theological Hermeneutics (3 credits), THEO 605 Methods in Biblical Studies (3 credits), THEO 690 Annotated Bibilography and Thesis Proposal (6 credits).
Electives: 9 credits from THEO 620-675.
Thesis: THEO 697 Thesis (21 credits).
Option B: MA with Applied Project in Theology
Required courses: THEO 603 Method in Theology (3 credits), THEO 604 Theological Hermeneutics (3 credits), THEO 605 Methods in Biblical Studies (3 credits).
Electives: 18 credits from THEO 620-675.
Research: THEO 691 Research Paper (9 credits), THEO 692 Applied Project in Theology (9 credits).
The department offers one or two financial packages per year for outstanding students applying to enter the MA in Theological Studies full-time in the fall (valued at $7,000). To be considered, your complete application should be submitted by January 15.
Financial aid is also available to students interested in Teaching or Research Assistantships (valued between $2,000 - $6,000). Contact the Graduate Program Director or your supervisor for more information on these opportunities.
Our graduates have gone on to have successful careers in such areas as:
Provincial or federal government: Ethicists providing consulting services on various ethical issues (e.g. assisted dying, bioethics, etc)
Health care: manager of multi-million-dollar grant helping families with loved ones with mental illness to navigate the healthcare system; hospital chaplains; Spiritual animators in nursing care facilities
Education: teachers of Ethics and Religious Culture courses at all levels of pre-university education; CEGEP/College teachers of Humanities
Non-profit sector: employees with a charitable organization offering social services
Please be advised that Concordia University does not process admissions or fee payments through third parties for our degree programs.
All applicants are advised to ensure that they are communicating directly with the university for admissions and fee payments.