The Master of Theology program (M.Th.) is a research-oriented, advanced graduate degree in theology. It is intended to give students a specialized or professional competence in theology and the religious sciences. Such graduate study aims at preparing students for further study at the doctoral level, for the ministry of teaching theology, and other specialized ministries within the Christian community.
Students who complete this program shall:
- Have a specialized knowledge in their area of research.
- Be able to understand and apply advanced methods of theological and/or scriptural research.
- Be able to complete a sustained research project at an advanced graduate level which demonstrates a capacity for future work at the doctoral level.
- Be able to use primary sources in the original languages as relevant to their area of research.
- Be able to explain and defend the results of their research to others with relevant expertise.
The requirements for admission to the M.Th. program are:
- A M.Div. degree from an institution accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (A.T.S.).
- A probationary year of four Master’s level courses with a minimum average of 3.3 (B+) for those candidates whose M.Div. or equivalent is not recognized by the A.T.S.
- A grade point average of 3.30 (B+) on all courses counting towards the M.Div. degree.
- Reading competency in at least one modern or classical language depending on one’s area of study.
NOTE: Language requirements may be met within the program, but applicants are encouraged to acquire language competency prior to admission.
Applicants presenting a two-year M.T.S. degree from an accredited A.T.S. institution must complete an additional 30 credits in graduate level courses before admission to the M.Th. program will be considered. These additional courses will not be counted for credit towards the M.Th. degree. At present we are not able to offer Distance Education courses to residents of the U.S.A., but we welcome inquiries from anyone so interested.
This program is a Designated Learning Program and eligible to receive foreign nationals on a study permit. See International Student Admissions for DLI number.
Procedure for Admission
- Complete Application Form and submit with payment of $45.00 non-refundable application fee (International Student Application Fee $250.00).
- Arrange for official transcripts to be sent to the Registrar’s Office from all high school and post-secondary institutions attended. An official transcript is one that has been received by the Registrar’s Office directly from the issuing educational authority. No photocopies allowed.
- Personal autobiography and curriculum vitae. Autobiography should include research interests and area of specialization.
- Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge the character and intellectual ability of the applicant. Letters must be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office.
Application Deadlines: August 1st for fall semester and December 1st for winter semester.
Transcripts or references issued directly to the student or photocopies will not be accepted. When the Registrar’s Office has received all required documents, the applicant's file will be brought forward to the Admissions & Evaluation Committee for consideration.
M.Th. Program Outline
The M.Th. degree is awarded upon completion of the following requirements:
- MTH 604 Research & Methodology in Theology (3 credits) or BST 635 Research and Methodology in Biblical Studies (3 credits).
- Area of concentration (12 credits);
- Electives (6 credits);
- MTH 805 Bibliographical Study & Thesis proposal (3 credits);
- MTH 902/903 Thesis & Thesis Defence (6 credits).
A GPA of 3.30 or better must be maintained to continue in the program. All requirements for the degree must be completed within 5 years from the date of registering in the program. For extreme circumstances, the Academic Dean may grant an extension to this limit.
The Academic Dean, in consultation with the student, will ask a NTC faculty member to be the director for the program and thesis. Directors will guide and assist students in selecting suitable courses and in completing the thesis work.
M.Th. candidates must take at least 15 of the 21 required course credits in Methodology, area of concentration and general electives at NTC. All requirements for credit in the M.Th. program are met through 500/600 level courses and special 800 level reading research courses, arranged at the suggestion of the students’ Director and with the approval of the Academic Dean. It is recommended that M.Th. students take the 600 level courses in their major area of concentration
The thesis should be between 75 to 100 pages in length, excluding bibliography, and must be a topic within the candidate’s major area of concentration.
For details on M.Th. thesis, refer to the Master of Theology Program: A Guide for Students and Professors, available from the Registrar’s Office.
The program shall be undertaken chiefly in courses offered at our main campus with the appropriate research library resources and a sufficient number of students to provide a peer community for mutual criticism and stimulus.
What Can You Do With an M.Th?
Many of our graduates from the Master of Theology program go on to doctorate level studies in Canada, the United States and Europe. Other M.Th. graduates have found employment in retreat work, adult faith formation, as diocesan directors, or in theological education.