Master of Religious Education

The Master of Religious Education degree program [M.R.E.] is designed to equip persons for professional leadership in educational ministry within the Catholic ecclesial tradition.  The primary goals for this degree program are: to give the student the capacity for critical and constructive theological reflection regarding the content and processes of educational ministry in the Catholic Church; to build an understanding of educational, social and behavioural sciences that ground educational practice within the various cultural contexts in which educational ministry occurs; to provide the occasion for personal and spiritual growth; and to equip the student with skills in teaching religion and in designing, administering and assessing educational programs.

 MRE Requirement Chart

Overall Goal: The Master of Religious Education program at St. Augustine’s Seminary prepares candidates for educational ministries and leadership positions within the Catholic ecclesial tradition. Students encounter and deepen their understanding of key aspects of the Catholic theological tradition.


  1. Religious Heritage: Students should articulate and communicate sound knowledge of the various areas of study in this Tradition, which include biblical, historical, pastoral, systematic and moral theology.


  2. Personal-Spiritual Formation: Students integrate this knowledge into a personal response of faithful love for Jesus Christ, which is expressed in their loving service to his Church and all people.


  3. Cultural Context: Students encounter and engage the principles of educational ministry with the Catholic Church, and in particular, within the Catholic school system and its contemporary cultural contexts.


  4. Specialization: In the Master of Religious Education programme, students should demonstrate that they can build on their understanding of the educational, social and behavioural sciences which ground educational practice. Students should demonstrate the capacity for critical and constructive theological reflection regarding the content and processes of Catholic educational practice.  They demonstrate that they have enriched and strengthened their theological understanding and leadership skills necessary to be effective educators in the Catholic faith.

Admission Requirements

  • A university undergraduate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, with adequate standing (normally at least B- standing in their final year). In exceptional circumstances, an applicant who has graduated five or more years ago, may be considered for admission with less than a B- average if a case can be made for demonstrated competency in education or other forms of educational ministry.
  • At least one year of full-time experience in teaching or other forms of education ministry. Applicants without full-time experience should provide a resume detailing comparable experiences. The teaching experience need not be in school-based education, but may be of a more informal nature. Consultation with the Dean of Studies may be required.
  • Complete academic application and official transcripts from all post-secondary education [as noted in the Academic Admissions section]. For details of the M.R.E. Course Reduction Policy, please contact the Director.

Academic admission applications for the Master of Religious Education are available from the Institute of Theology department ( For more information on admissions please see the St. Augustine's Admissions Page.

Policies and Procedures:

Please see the St. Augustine's Policies & Procedures Page and Student Handbook



There are twenty required courses for the Master of Religious Education degree:

Core Courses [12]


Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to New Testament

Systematic Theology [Theological]:

Foundations of Theology
The Christian God
Theological Anthropology

Moral Theology (Ethics) [Theological]:

Moral Theology
Human Sexuality and Marriage


Church History

Core Elective - choose ONE of the five options below:

  • Christianity and World Religions
  • Ecumenism
  • Social Justice
  • Church History
  • Families of the World in Classrooms and Parish: Understanding For Education and Service

Core Religious Education Courses [3] [Pastoral Theology]

Religious Education Practicum and Globalization

Psychology and Faith Development

Choice of ONE below:

  • Conversion and Education
  • S pirituality and the Catholic Educator
  • S pirituality of Work: Faith Life in Your Profession

Religious Education Electives [3 ] [Pastoral Theology]


  • Issues in Catholic Education in Ontario
  • The Ministry of Evangelization of Adolescents
  • Introduction to Thomas Aquinas
  • Lay Ministry in the Diocesan Church or an approved alternative.

Free Electives [2] May be taken in Theology, Education or Religious Education.

Course Reduction Policy:
Students who possess the required qualifications may be eligible for advanced Standing in the Master of Religious Education Programme, please contact the Director for details.

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