The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is an academic and professional degree program designed to prepare and equip women and men for ordained parish ministry.
The aim of the MDiv program is fourfold:
- To assist all students in the program to grow in a deeper understanding of and commitment to the liberating Gospel of Christ and the life of the church,
- To enable all participants to appropriate and to interpret responsibly the primary sources and classic traditions of the Christian faith,
- To develop and to foster in all students the many practical skills necessary to relate the Gospel of Christ effectively to the concrete situations confronting the life and ministry of the contemporary church.
- To produce not only well trained pastors but also credible scholars, enabling them over time, to build upon the basic foundation of this program, to pursue advanced theological study or specialized ministries for the enrichment of the church in mission.
Normally the MDiv program is, at minimum, a four year course of study (full time).
The curriculum is comprised of:
- Course Work: Completion of 27 three-credit courses and 3 one-credit courses (84 credits). Further, one Program Orientation session and two Boundaries Workshops.
- Internship: A 16-20 month internship in a parish is required after completion of two years of classes (full time).
- CPE/PCE: MDiv students are required to complete one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or Pastoral Counselling Education (PCE). The CPE/PCE are not offered by the Seminary; students must arrange to take them through other qualified institutions. Visit: Canadian Association for Spiritual Care
- Cross-Cultural Experience: An off-site cultural immersion trip.
- Comprehensive Exams: Students must pass a comprehensive exam at the end of each pre-internship year.
An outline of MDiv courses and other curriculum requirements can be viewed in this PDF file:
Curriculum Sequence: Classes in the MDiv program are offered in a two-year cycle. Students may begin their studies in either year A or year B:
- Year A offers biblical and pastoral courses. The year starts in academic years that begin with 'even' numbers (e.g. 2016-17).
- Year B offers theological and church history courses. The year starts in academic years that begin with 'odd' numbers (e.g. 2017-18).
A sample outline of the curriculum sequence can be viewed in this PDF file:
Learning Format: MDiv courses are typically intensive, all-day classes, one to two weeks long. Occasionally, a student might enrol in a semester-long course (approximately 3 hours/week), and or take a reading course. Please see our Learning Formats page for details.
Requirements for Admission
Requirements for admission include:
- Attainment of the Bachelor of Arts degree, or its equivalent, from a recognized college or university, together with the official transcript. Note: A World Religions course is strongly recommended. For those over the age of 32 and without a BA or its equivalent, LTS will consider successful completion of a LTS “Prior Learning Assessment” (PLAR):
- Completion of the online MDiv Application for Admission, plus
- submission of supporting documents, as outlined in the application form (such as transcripts, references, etc.), and
- submission of the $75 application fee.
- Candidacy Committee (CC) endorsement for ELCIC (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada) students or, for students of other denominations, a letter from their judicatory.
- Be able to meet the “Essential Skills and Attributes Required for Study in Theological Degree Programs,” as listed in the current Academic Handbook.
- For those whose first language is not English, a TOEFL must be successfully completed (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
- IBT score (including the speaking component) of 88 with no component less than 20, or
- if the TOEFL IBT is not available, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) is a prerequisite.
Tuition / Fees
Please visit our Tuition page for a summary of tuition and other program fees.
Please visit our Admissions page to learn how to apply.
Learn More About the Program
Please read our current Academic Handbook (for MDiv, MTS and Certificates) for more detail about the MDiv program and about studying at our seminary. (Please visit our Handbooks page)
Students must apply online.