The Master of Divinity Program is integrated with the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) of the Faculty of Religious Studies of McGill University. Students must have a first degree to be admitted to the 60-credit B.Th. program which, combined with the In Ministry Year, amounts to a three-year course of full-time study leading to the M.Div. degree.
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The program of ministry preparation offered at Montreal Diocesan Theological College within the ecumenical Montreal School of Theology is designed to help students develop those qualities of character that will make them effective ministers of God’s Word and sacraments, rooted in the church’s historic wisdom and able to provide innovative leadership in the face of an uncertain future.
An Outline of the Program
The M.Div. program is integrated with the B.Th. program of the Faculty of Religious Studies of McGill University. Students must have a first degree to be admitted to the 60-credit B. TH program which, combined with the In Ministry Year, amounts to a three-year course of full-time study leading to the M.Div. degree.
The M.Div. may be awarded as a first degree to a student admitted to a 90-credit B.Th. program who fulfills all the requirements for the M.Div. and is at least 35 years of age at the time of graduation. The degree cannot be awarded to anyone who does not successfully complete the In Ministry Year; however, up to 36 credits earned at another theological college may be transferred into the program.
The M.Div. degree is awarded by the college on the authority of the Montreal School of Theology and is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools of the U.S. and Canada.
M.Div. requirements include “satisfactory completion of college requirements in denominational studies and spiritual formation.” These requirements are met by participation in college-sponsored courses and seminars, as well as in opportunities for spiritual practice and reflection.
A further requirement of the M.Div. program is “satisfactory completion of an integrative project that combines personal and theological reflection with an understanding of how the student engages in specific functions of ministry.”
This requirement is met through supervised field placements and the writing of a four-part Integrative Paper over the three years of the program.